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2010 Oscar, Sundance winner subject Richard O’Barry at St. Petersburg screening Q&A for ‘The Cove’

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In the 1960s, Richard O’Barry was the original trainer of dolphins used in the Flipper TV series, which led to a worldwide obsession with the seemingly playful aquatic mammals. It also created the multi-billion dollar industry in Taiji, Japan that, on the surface, seems happily devoted to the dolphin entertainment industry, but has a “dirty little secret.”

The documentary follows O’Barry’s attempt to expose the truth about the slaughter and the selling of the animals’ heavily mercury-tainted meat as counterfeit whale that is masked behind a cover operation of capturing dolphins for entertainment purposes.

Don’t let “Documentary” fool you. Critics have described The Cove as a “first rate thriller” and “a classic espionage tale” that is a cross between “Flipper and The Bourne Identity.”

O’Barry will be on hand for a reception, screening and post-screening Q&A at hermanHOME store and Muvico at BayWalk in Downtown St. Pete, May 5th starting at 6pm. Tickets are $20 online at ilovetheburg.com, $25 at the door and include wine, tapas, and desserts.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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