Good dolphin news!

Hip, hip hooray for the makers of “The Cove” a documentary that has resulted in halting the annual slaughter of dolphins this year.

You can do your part in showing support for this Sundance-award winning documentary that’s more like an edge-of-your-seat thriller by attending an exclusive showing at The Flicks on Sunday Oct. 4.

It’s a joint effort by TVCTV (Treasure Valley Community Television) and the Flicks. (Full disclosure: I am on the board at TVCTV.)

Here’s the down and dirty and nitty-gritty scoop:

“The Cove” ( has been billed part environmental documentary, part horror film and part spy thriller and is as suspenseful as it is enlightening. The gist of the tale: 23,000 dolphins are slaughtered each year in a hidden cove in Taiji, Japan — and the Japanese government covers it up(!). The brave filmmakers of “The Cove” — including Flipper’s former trainer, Ric O’Barry — used a covert plan to could get in, and, with secret cameras, captured this atrocity. Reviewers have compared the real-life thriller to a Robert Ludlum story.

It is activist cinema at its finest, and part of a global effort to save this extraordinary marine mammal. As a direct result of the film, this year’s slaughter, scheduled to begin September 1, has been halted. “The Cove” won the “Audience Award” at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and many other international awards. (Watch the trailer on The Cove Web site!)

An awesome discussion panel will follow the screening led by animal-loving luminaries: Steve Burns, director, Zoo Boise; Jeff Rosenthal, D.V.M., director of the Idaho Humane Society; Elizabeth McFarland, former shelter director, Idaho Humane Society and Dolphin Quest associate; and Janelle Church, volunteer, Animals in Distress Association.

This TVCTV benefit launches the sixth year of “great docs and great talks” at the Flicks, said Peter Lutze, from the Dept. of Communication at Boise State University. “Support Treasure Valley’s only Community TV Station, see a great documentary — and participate in a post-film discussion with local experts.

What: Exclusive showing of “The Cove” an award-winning documentary

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 4

Where: The Flicks Theater, 646 Fulton Street

Tickets: $11 available at TVCTV or the Flicks. Call 343-1100.

Treasure Valley Community Television (TVCTV) brings a voice to the people in the Treasure Valley through public access television broadcast on Cable One channels (11 and 98) and now streaming live at TVCTV’s mission is to facilitate a free exchange of ideas, community dialogue, and cultural and artistic expression for the residents of the Treasure Valley.


4 responses to “Good dolphin news!

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