March 28, 2013
Saving the Whales in "Big Miracle"
Genesis Award-winning film shows the power of the media to make a difference for animals
If ever a film exemplified the power of the media and the human-animal bond to make a difference, it's "Big Miracle," starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, and Ted Danson, now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
The movie is inspired by the true story of a rescue effort to save a family of gray whales trapped under the ice in the Arctic Circle in the 1980s. Media attention helped galvanize an unlikely coalition of activists, local hunters, oil companies, and Russian and American armed forces to free the whales.
Media attention often plays an important role in helping raise awareness around animal issues, a fact The HSUS celebrates every year at the Genesis Awards. And now "Big Miracle" has claimed a Genesis Award for its thought-provoking and inspiring message. Director Ken Kwapis was in attendance at the 2013 Genesis Award Benefit Gala to accept the award for Best Feature Film.