EcoFocus Film Festival to bring acclaimed documentary ‘Blackfish’ to Athens

Athens, Ga. – The EcoFocus Film Festival, an initiative of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will present a preview of the new documentary “Blackfish” Sept. 12 at Ciné in downtown Athens. The film is the first in a series that will be presented this fall.

“Blackfish” offers a critical look at the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity.

The event will start with a reception catered by the National at 6:30 p.m. followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. Lori Marino, a neuroscientist at Emory University, will lead an audience discussion after the screening. Marino, who also is the executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to using science and knowledge to promote animal advocacy causes, is featured in the film.

Tickets, which include the reception and entrance to the film, are $9.75 for general admission, $7.50 for seniors and free for UGA students with a valid UGACard.

The screening is presented by EcoFocus Film Festival, Ciné and the UGA student organization Speak Out for Species. It is a UGA Blue Card and First Year Odyssey event.

Upcoming EcoFocus films this fall include “Pandora’s Promise” on Oct. 17 and “Trashed” on Nov. 12.

EcoFocus was initiated by the Odum School in 2007 and is co-sponsored by the Odum School, the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the UGA Office of Sustainability and Georgia Sea Grant.

For more information, see www.ecofocusfilmfest.org or https://www.facebook.com/ecofocusfilmfest.