pConnecticut supporters of Friends of Animals should mark their calendars for March 11 at 7 p.m. when the Edgerton Center at Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport will host Tim Zimmermann, associate producer and co-writer of the 2013 documentary film emBlackfish/em.nbsp;img alt=”” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/blackfish.jpg” style=”width: 150px; margin: 8px; float: right; height: 222px;” //ppemBlackfish /emtells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creaturersquo;s extraordinary nature, the speciesrsquo; cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.nbsp;/ppFriends of Animals supported the making of the first film to expose the controversial history of the captive whale and dolphin industry, emA Fall from Freedom/em, directed by Stan Minasian in 2011.nbsp;/ppZimmermann is also an award-winning correspondent with emOutside Magazine/em and author of emThe Race/em, a behind the scenes look at the world of extreme sailing.nbsp;/ppZimmermann#39;s writing focuses on humanity#39;s relationship with the natural world, and he has reported on everything from extreme cave diving to efforts to communicate with dolphins. In 2010 and 2011 he wrote emThe Killer In The Pool/em, a deep investigation into the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, and emBlood In The Water/em, a follow-up report that deconstructed another fatal attack by a SeaWorld orca. Those two stories became the basis for emBlackfish/em, which Zimmermann helped produce.nbsp;/ppPrior to writing for emOutside/em, Zimmermann was a senior editor and diplomatic correspondent at emUS News World Report/em. His work has also appeared in a variety of publications, includingem Men#39;s Journal/em and emSports Illustrated/em.nbsp;/ppZimmermann lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two children, and continues to write about orcas, marine mammals and the natural world. You can follow his work via a href=”http://timzimmermann.com/” target=”_blank”TimZimmermann.com/a, a href=”https://www.facebook.com/timzimmermannwriting” target=”_blank”Facebook/a, and a href=”http://www.twitter.com/Earth_ist” target=”_blank”Twitter/a. He is a graduate of Yale University, and the Department of War Studies at King#39;s College, London./ppAdmission to his lecture is $15. a href=”https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9885747″ target=”_blank”To buy tickets, visit this site./a/pdivnbsp;/div