Modernista! For Dolphins

  • 29 Jul 2009 2:26 PM
    Message # 201044
    Ad people aren’t really known for their altruism, or their extracurricular good deeds.

    That’s why we thought it was very cool when Modernista! creative talents Geoff Lillemon (Interactive/Motion Designer, Champagne Valentine) and Nate Naylor (Creative Director) designed the opening sequence to The Cove, the riveting documentary produced by Fisher Stevens that won the Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and opens in theaters this Friday, July 31.

    Peter Travers of Rolling Stone calls The Cove “Flipper meets The Bourne Identity.”

    If that doesn’t make you want to see it maybe this will:

    The Cove follows a fearless crew of international adventurers led by National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, and employs military spying techniques to record a horrific practice of dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. The team is recruited by TV sensation turned activist Richard O’Barry, who in the 1960s was the leading authority on dolphin training, employed by the popular television program Flipper. When O’Barry realized the ecological impact of his work, however, he dedicated the rest of his life to undoing the damage he caused. The Cove tells the amazing true story of how Psihoyos and O’Barry embark on a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove and shine light on a dark and deadly secret.

    Naylor worked with producer Fisher Stevens and editor Geoff Richman (Sicko, Murderball). They strung together credits bound to an exhilarating sequence of high grade thermal imagery exposing the dolphin slaughters. Composer J. Ralph, owner of music house Rumour Mill (whose film credits include Lucky Number Slevin and Man on A Wire) added the emotional soundtrack.

    The film continues to generate enormous buzz and positive feedback. Naylor attended the recent East Hampton screening where Alec Baldwin introduced the film, and it was also screened at the Nantucket Film Festival last month.

    The Cove

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