Adrian Grenier, lead actor from the hit TV show Entourage, which ran for eight seasons on HBO, stopped by Ringling College of Art and Design this week as part of the Ringling College Studio Lab to meet with students, screen his latest film Teenage Paparazzo (a documentary which he conceived, wrote and directed) and begin laying groundwork for his next documentary 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World.
Intrigued by the story of the “52-Hertz Whale,” an as yet unidentified whale first recorded in the ‘80s, that sings at a frequency unknown to any other species of whale, Grenier and writer/director Joshua Zeman have teamed up to explore the mystery, enlisting marine scientists and explorers to help along the way, including a visit to Sarasota’s own Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
“Mote would be a great partner for us,” said Grenier, who while interested in the narrative, stressed that he wanted the documentary to be science-focused. “We want to know what the science says.”
But it’s not purely intellectual curiosity – as a result of its unusual frequency, it is assumed that this naturally social animal has spent a life in complete solitude, unable to communicate with another living creature, swimming for years through the black in total isolation.
In contrast to our world of increasing connectivity through social media and global communication, it’s a rare and moving phenomenon, one that Grenier says he felt acutely, getting “goosebumps” at the prospect of such an existence.
Ringling College invited SRQ Magazine to participate in the event. Check out the clips below to hear Grenier’s thoughts on Sarasota, Aquaman and how he plans to find The Loneliest Whale in the World.
On Aquaman and The Loneliest Whale
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