North Atlantic right whales are dying faster than they can reproduce. If we don’t stop killing them, in 20 years they will be extinct. With only 400 remaining, right whales no longer die of natural causes. Instead, they are run over by ships or they drown entangled in fishing gear. In the last three years 30 have died; and only 12 have been born. With less than 100 females the future is not promising, unless we act now.
The Urban Whale is the story of a disparate group of people – a wildlife photographer, a marine biologist, a whale rescuer and a crab fisherman – united in their cause to save the North Atlantic right whale. The film combines the 4K cinematography of a blue chip nature film with the character-driven, vérité storytelling of a high-stakes drama. With unprecedented access to film the migration of the North Atlantic right whale from their breeding ground off the coast of Florida to their new feeding area in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this feature documentary brings a message of hope about the most at-risk, great whale on the planet.
Featuring Charles ‘Stormy’ Mayo, Kim Davies, Martin Noel, Nick Hawkins, Barbara Zoodsma.
Presented by Indiecan Entertainment and Telefilm through the Theatrical Documentary Program.
Director/Writer Nadine Pequeneza
Producer Nadine Pequeneza
Executive Producers Nadine Pequeneza and Joanne Jackson
Cinematographer Mark Hammond
Sound Recordist Nadine Pequeneza and Dennis Morton
Editor Eamonn O’Connor
Composer Deanna H. Choi
Produced by HitPlay Productions in association with CBC, SWR/ARTE and with the participation of CMF, Rogers Documentary Fund, Telefilm Theatrical Documentary Program, Ontario Creates Film Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and Television Tax Credit.