Blackfish director will share a whale of a tale tomorrow

In celebration of International Women's Day, the Biennial of the Americas, the Women's Foundation of Colorado and the Denver Film Society are hosting a screening of Blackfish, the film by award-winning director Gabriela Cowperthwaite that's a psychological thriller with a killer whale at its center -- but this is a true story, a documentary about the death of a SeaWorld trainer.

And although the film was released last summer, it's back in the news this week, with SeaWorld charging that a Labor Department employee leaked confidential documents to the filmmaker -- a charge that Cowperthwaite denies, telling the Associated Press that she's "looking forward to a day when SeaWorld honestly and transparently addresses animal welfare and trainer safety."

So you can expect some lively discussion before the screening, when Cowperthwaite will join Jacqueline Hinman, president and chief executive officer of CH2M HILL, one of the world's largest engineering/design/build firms, for a discussion of the importance of STEM training for females, the role of creativity in innovation, how diversity of thought leads to better outcomes in diverse fields -- and the challenges of bringing a true story to the public.

Westword editor Patricia Calhoun will moderate that talk, which starts at 6:45 p.m. March 6 at the United Artists Pavilions, 500 16th Street Mall, #310. For tickets, go to denverfilm.org.

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