Free Willy’s big comeback

Last Updated: July 25, 2013By Tags:

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the release of the film “Free Willy,” and with the support of the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation, and social media partners The Humane Society of the United States Hollywood Outreach Program and Heal the Bay, filmmaker Theresa Demarest will bring Keiko, the world-famous orca, back to Hollywood for a world premiere screening of “Keiko, the untold story of the star of Free Willy,” a new documentary of Keiko’s life and legacy, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

On August 17, 2013 this event will include screenings of 1993’s “Free Willy,” and the aforementionned documentary as wel as a blue carpet ceremony and reception that will include the producers and cast members from both films including Mark Berman, of the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation, Naomi Rose, former Senior Marine Biologist for The Humane Society of the United States, Paul Spong of OrcaLab, and Keiko’s last real-life caretakers, orca trainer Colin Baird and biologist Thorbjorg (Tobba) Valdis Kristjansdottir.

Lori Petty, Jayne Atkinson and Jason Richter, stars of “Free Willy,” will be among the cast members to attend, along with Ric O’Barry of “The Cove” (see our REVIEW). Producers of both films are working with the Beyond the Bell Division of Los Angeles’s school district to bring 200 students, the “children of the children” who were fans of the original “Free Willy” to the event.

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