You'll receive news about the film that our conservationist consultants - Roger Payne, Nan Hauser, Hal Whitehead, Lori Marino - feel has a real chance of shifting the whaling paradigm.
We are the first production to form a creative partnership between Japanese whalers and international conservationists - both world views told alongside each other in a character driven narrative, following the protagonists as they walk a mile in each other's shoes.
2011 is on for Whale Like Me - principal photography starts in June. Although we have received generous support from the US based Hayden Family Foundation and the public, we are still at some distance from our shooting budget and must raise a further $90,000 by July 2011 for this film to reach audiences. Now is a good time for you to support us, either financially or by spreading the word about Whale Like Me to others. We also encourage you to blog about us - contact us if you have questions!
Short Film Competition
Last but not least, we invite you to enter the Whale Like Me short film competition. Whether you see whales and dolphins as 'persons' deserving of rights, or as resources to exploit and consume - we want your films to present where humanity stands in relation to cetaceans in 2011.
Last year in Helsinki, leading scientists, ethicists, conservationists and legal minds made a Declaration of Cetacean Rights. Weigh in on one of the most fascinating moments of human history, poised as we are to consider a more equal relationship with a non-human order of species.
Planning to enter the contest? We'll include you on our Facebook Whale of Fame wall if you send us a photo and a brief description of what motivates your entry, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage you to get in touch if you have questions or just want to say hello!
A very warm welcome to Whale Like Me - lets make 2011 count.
Malcolm Wright, director
and the Whale Like Me team