The Loneliest Whale
The Loneliest Whale is the new documentary written and directed by the filmmaker Joshua Zeman. He takes us on a seven day journey in search for the 52 Hertz Whale. 52 was first discovered in 1989 by the oceanographer Bill Watkins when he found its unusual frequency.
THE LONELIEST WHALE: THE SEARCH FOR 52 is a cinematic quest to find the “52 Hertz Whale,” which scientists believe has spent its entire life in solitude calling out at a frequency that is different from any other whale. As the film embarks on this engrossing journey, audiences will explore what this whale’s lonely plight can teach us — not just about our changing relationship to the oceans, but to each other. This is the only film that set out in search of 52.
Joshua Zeman has been involved in the making of documentaries for over a decade. His work has been seen in The Station Agent, Mysterious Skin, Choking Man and Cropsey among others. Zeman’s work has also been seen in docu-seies like A&E’s The Killing Season, and two Netflix’s docu-series Murder Mountain and The Sons of Sam: A descent Into Darkness.
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I was connected to Joshua Zeman to talk about the making of The Loneliest Whale. He shared what made him want to make this documentary and some of the obstacles that he came across. In addition, to what he learned from the making and how much the sea transport is hurting the ocean.
The Loneliest Whale is available in and On Digital July 16, 2021