DOLPHIN TALE BEGINNINGS
Where It All Began
In 2006, Clearwater Marine Aquarium's CEO, David Yates, developed a small informative video clip of Winter's inspiring story and sent it to NBC's The Today Show. When Winter's story aired it quickly "mushroomed" across the world! The awareness from The Today Show caught the attention of Richard Ingber, President of Worldwide Marketing for Alcon Entertainment. Mr. Ingber contacted David and proposed taking Winter's story to the next level via a major motion picture. David accepted the opportunity and after many months of script writing, the "green light" was given and principal photography began on September 24, 2010.
Dolphin Tale was produced by Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment and released nationwide in theaters around the world on September 23, 2011. Winter plays herself in Dolphin Tale, together with Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson and Nathan Gamble. CMA was closed for 3 months while filming was underway; however, CMA remained a 24-hour working animal hospital during the public closing.