|KEIKO THE UNTOLD STORY|
|Cast: ||Colin Baird|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Theresa Demarest, Nola Wilken, Jay Schornstein - Producers: Theresa Demarest - Editor: Theresa Demarest - Composer: Tim Ellis
Torn from his family at the tender age of two, Keiko spent 14 years in captivity as a performing tourist attraction before Hollywood discovered him for the title role in the 1993 blockbuster movie, 'Free Willy.' When his millions of new fans around the globe, most of them children, realized that Keiko was not free like his onscreen character, a crusade was launched to save him. The decision was ultimately made to return Keiko to his native waters off Iceland. He first spent two years in Oregon regaining his health. Keiko was finally airlifted to Iceland in fall 1998, becoming the first and only orca in captivity to make it back to the wild. Yet, over a decade later, the question of whether or not the mission succeeded continues to frame the debate regarding the fate of the other 42 orcas still held in captivity around the world. 'Keiko: The Untold Story' solves the mystery of what really happened during the last five years in the life of this international icon. Four years in the making, this compelling documentary by first-time filmmaker Theresa Demarest presents never before seen footage of Keiko in the wild, along with exclusive accounts of his day-to-day existence by Keiko's last two caretakers, Colin Baird and Thorbjorg (Tobba) Valdis Kristjansdottir. We also gain new insights into the unique culture of orcas, and what the impact of losing his pod had on Keiko's survival instincts.
Theresa Demarest brings to life her deep connection to Keiko's story. Several years ago, during her recovery from breast cancer, she found solace in Keiko's own recovery from captivity in a Mexican theme park to his rehabilitation tank at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Upon surviving cancer, and inspired by Keiko's story of healing, she composed Keiko's Dream, an instrumental piece that evokes the whale's song through an eloquent guitar theme. Her piece evolved into Keiko's Dream Tour, a ‘unique eco-rock road show' that consisted of a series of concerts and environmental education presentations in schools and performance halls across Oregon in association with the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation.