Kinosmith Takes Canadian Rights to Sundance Title 'BlackFish'


U.S.A. (Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite)

Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top Sea World trainer. Blackfish shows the devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.

The distributor also picked up the local rights to the Hot Docs opener "The Manor," which will receive a world premiere in Toronto on Thursday night.

TORONTO – Canadian distributor Kinosmith has picked up from Magnolia Pictures the Sundance title Blackfish, American writer/director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's killer whale documentary.

Kinosmith also acquired the Canadian rights to the Hot Docs opener The Manor, Shawney Cohen's debut theatrical film about his family running a strip club in southern Ontario.

The Manor was initially pitched at the IDFA Forum and will receive a world premiere to launch the 20th edition of Hot Docs on Thursday night.

Magnolia and CNN Films earlier grabbed the North American rights to Blackfish at Sundance.

Magnolia plans a summer theatrical release for Blackfish, followed by a domestic broadcast debut on CNN later this year.