In 2010, Tilikum, a bull orca, or killer whale, performing at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., killed his trainer, Dawn Brancheau, at the end of a show. Like many other people, the director Gabriela Cowperthwaite read news stories about the incident and wondered how it could have happened; unlike everyone else, she decided to investigate, and kept at it until she had finished a film, “Blackfish,” which has now been shortlisted for the Oscar in the documentary feature category.
Ms. Cowperthwaite, 42, came to documentary filmmaking via an unusual path. She was studying for a doctorate in political science at the University of Southern California when she took a course on the subject “to help my dissertation,” she said, and “absolutely fell in love with the medium.” Over the past 15 years she has directed, written and/or produced nearly a dozen documentaries, mostly for cable television channels like National Geographic, Animal Planet, ESPN and the History Channel.
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