• Industry

Docs: Thought-Provoking “A Taste of Whale” Ponders Letting Old Customs Die

Given both its title and the overlap in subject matter, a viewer could understandably be forgiven for taking a sidelong glance at A Taste of Whale and expecting an emotional companion piece to 2009’s The Cove. That film, helmed by Louie Psihoyos, found both the director and former Flipper trainer turned activist Richard O’Barry embedding with an elite team of eco-warriors and free divers as part of a covert mission to penetrate a tightly guarded fishing bay in Taiji, Japan, and expose the community’s annual slaughter of tens of thousands of dolphins.
  • Film

Docs: “Waterman” Celebrates Native Hawaiian Olympian, Father of All Board Sports

Pacific Islander Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was a four-time Olympic swimmer who picked up three gold and two silver medals, and just happened to almost single-handedly internationalize surfing — an effort whose planted seeds would then go on to flower into every other board sport in the world, from skateboarding to snowboarding. The first person to be inducted into both the Swimming Hall of Fame and Surfing Hall of Fame, Kahanamoku also broke through racial barriers many years before icons like Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, and Jackie Robinson.