“Dolphin Lover” now on YouTube

Dolphin-Lover-This-Man-PosterThe award-winning 2015 short documentary film “Dolphin Lover,” chronicling Malcolm J. Brenner’s 1971 love affair with a dolphin named Dolly, is now available on YouTube, the film’s producer said Thursday.

Joey Daoud announced the distribution arrangement on Facebook.  In honor of National Dolphin Day, interested viewers can see the film for free Thursday, April 14 at Coffee and Celluloid’s web site.

“April 14th is recognized around the country as National Dolphin Day, a time to celebrate the beloved and brilliant marine mammals,” Daoud said.  “In honor of this occasion, ‘Dolphin Lover,’ the controversial award-winning short documentary on the incredible true story of Malcolm J. Brenner and his summer-long love affair with Dolly the dolphin will be released free to audiences everywhere via YouTube.”

Co-Directed by Daoud and Kareem Tabsch, “Dolphin Lover” premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival, where it won Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short Film.  It went on to play a multitude of festivals around the world, garnering critical acclaim and awards, including the top prize for Documentary Short Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film’s controversial subject entered the popular zeitgeist and led to significant media attention, from Howard Stern to Rush Limbaugh, @midnight with Chris Hardwick on Comedy Central, Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, and on media outlets like Vice, New York Post, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and countless others.

Set in 1971 on the Southwest coast of Florida, “Dolphin Lover” tells the incredible true story of Malcolm J. Brenner, a college student who lands his first professional gig as a freelancer photographing the marine animals at Floridaland, a tourist trap disguised as a roadside amusement park. The experience would launch Malcolm’s career as a photographer and introduce him to his one true love while changing his life forever. The assignment sent Brenner on a year-long romantic and sexual love affair with Dolly, a captive bottlenose dolphin. Brenner chronicled his relationship in a novel, Wet Goddess, which served as inspiration for the short film. The film features an in-depth interview with Brenner as well as archival footage and animation to tell of Brenner’s unique experience.

“Since we made the film we’ve been getting countless requests asking us where to see it, we thought there was no better way to share the film with the world than to release it on National Dolphin Day as a gift to dolphin lovers everywhere” Daoud said. The film is currently available for purchase or rental via iTunes but will be released free online via YouTube.

“Audiences at film festivals have really championed the film at every screening we’ve had, so we’re really eager for the film to be seen by a wider audience and hear what they think. One thing’s for certain, you won’t be able to stop talking about this story,” added Tabsch.

Viewers can watch the film starting on April 14th for free at dolphinlovermovie.com.

 

 

Advertisements

Official selection of Portland Film Festival

Kareem Tabsch, director of Dolphin Lover, reports the film is an official selection at the Portland Film Festival. The film will show in a block of shorts at 4:45 and 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 2.

“Dolphin Lover” takes best short documentary award

It has just been announced by the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival that Dolphin Lover took the Best Short Documentary award.  The 15-minute film, directed by Kareem Tabsch and produced by Joey Daoud, recounts the true story of writer Malcolm J. Brenner’s romantic and sexual love affair with a bottlenose dolphin at Floridaland, a low-rent amusement park, in the early 1970’s.  Brenner’s experience became the basis for his 2010 novel Wet Goddess: Recollections of a Dolphin Lover.

“Dolphin Lover” plays SF Indiefest

“Dolphin Lover” will be playing this week at the San Francisco Indiefest film festival at the Roxie Theater on June 6 and 9.  Click here for more information and show times.

“Dolphin Lover” to play L.A. Film Festival

Dolphin-Lover-This-Man-Poster

The short film “Dolphin Lover,” about Malcolm J. Brenner’s relationship with Dolly the dolphin, will play at the prestigious 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival.  Screening time is 8:45 p.m. on Monday, June 15 at the Regal Cinemas Live as part of the Shorts Program 1.  For information about future screenings, please return to this web site.

Sarasota Film Festival appearance

Malcolm J. Brenner will be appearing at a showing of Dolphin Lover at the Sarasota Film Festival, 9:45 p.m. Sunday, April 12.  The film will be shown as part of a package of short films being screened at the Hollywood Cinema in theater T12.  Director Kareem Tabsch will also be there.  Dolphin Lover will repeat as part of the same package on Thursday, April 16 at 10 p.m. in theater T10 with producer Joey Daoud in attendance.

An interview with Brenner and the makers of “Dolphin Lover”

The Miami New Times’ published an extensive interview with Dolphin Lover director Kareem Tabsch, editor/producer Joey Daoud and Malcolm J. Brenner:

Meet the Men Behind the Provocative Short Film Dolphin Lover