GIANT INTERACTIVE AND FINE LINE MEDIA PRESENTS
A WHALE OF A TALE
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Megumi Sasaki (Herb & Dorothy)
A WHALE OF A TALE will be released on VOD exclusively on iTunes on Tuesday, October 30.
In 2010, Taiji, a sleepy fishing town in Japan, suddenly found itself in the worldwide media spotlight. THE COVE, a documentary denouncing the town’s longstanding whale and dolphin hunting traditions, won an Academy Award and almost overnight, Taiji became the go-to destination and battleground for activists from around the world.
Can a proud 400-year-old whaling tradition survive a tsunami of modern animal-rights activism and colliding forces of globalism vs. localism?
A WHALE OF A TALE reveals the complex story behind the ongoing debate. Told through a wide range of characters including local fishermen, international activists and an American journalist (and long time Japanese resident), this powerful documentary unearths a deep divide in eastern and western thought about nature and wildlife and cultural sensitivity in the face of global activism.
In 2008, Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki directed and produced her first feature-length documentary HERB & DOROTHY, about legendary New York art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel. The film went on to win top honors at many international film festivals and was released theatrically nationwide and as a part of PBS’s Independent Lensseries. In 2013, Megumi completed the highly anticipated follow-up HERB & DOROTHY 50X50, focusing on the next (and final) chapter in the lives of the beloved couple. The film had a nationwide theatrical release and continues to screen in theaters, museums and art fairs around the globe.
A WHALE OF A TALE is her third feature length and had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and has won awards in many other festivals worldwide. In August 2017, Sasaki published her first book with the same title of the film in Japanese, OKUJIRASAMA depicting behind the scenes of the film’s production and the in-depth historical and religious background information of the whaling controversy that won the Science Journalist Award in 2018.
A WHALE OF A TALE will be released through Giant Pictures, a boutique digital distributor based in NYC and Los Angeles, which is dedicated to elevating the digital experience. Working directly with filmmakers and rights owners, Giant distributes movies and TV shows to VOD & OTT platforms in North America and worldwide. Giant is a division of Giant Interactive, an award-winning digital media and technology services company, and is an iTunes Preferred aggregator and encoding house. Recent movie and documentary releases include: ‘Newness’ (Dir. Drake Doremus, starring Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Sundance 2017), ‘What We Started’(Dir. Bert Marcus, featuring Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, – Miami Ultra 2018), ‘White Boy’(Dir. Shawn Rech, Doc NYC 2017), ‘Mr. Roosevelt’(Dir. Noel Wells, SXSW 2017). Visit us at: www.giant.pictures
Documentary, 95 Minutes, Not Rated.