Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Canada, to the documentary, The Walrus and The Whistleblower. Directed by Nathalie Bibeau, The Walrus and The Whistleblower will release in theaters on October 9, 2020 and video on demand November 24, 2020. The documentary was awarded ‘Top Audience Award’ at Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival.
Part-time mailman and ex-trainer at MarineLand, the iconic amusement park in Niagara Falls, Phil Demers is known as the Walrus Whisperer on Twitter, with over 27,000 followers. At the heart of the movement to end marine mammal captivity, he has appeared on the Joe Rogan show four times, testified before the federal government, and is being sued for $1.5 million for plotting to steal a walrus. His is a story about the cost and courage of speaking out when you have nothing to lose.
Director Nathalie Bibeau said, “The Walrus and the Whistleblower is a stranger-than fiction tale that plays out against the swell of a paradigm shift in our relationship with animals. At its heart are questions of compassion for others, humans and animals alike, the nuances of all our stories, and the hills we are willing to die on.”
“The Walrus and the Whistleblower is the kind of brilliant documentary you get when you blend together a compelling narrative, a strong lead subject, an adorable walrus, and a talented storyteller. Nathalie has created a deeply layered film that reminds us to respect life in all shapes and sizes. The health of our planet relies on the health of our minds and hearts. The Gravitas Team could not be more thrilled to support a movie that carries that message,” said Nick Royak Senior Acquisitions Manager at Gravitas Ventures.
Slated for theatrical release on October 9, 2020
On Demand release on November 24, 2020