The Tigers of Scotland
The Moon and Lake and Stars
The Tigers of Scotland | 62 minutes
Scottish Wildcats are affectionately known as ‘Highland Tigers’. The name originates from their striped fur and that they’re not only one of Britain’s largest predators, but the UK’s only ‘big cat’. The Tigers of Scotland is a feature length that focuses on the fragile existence of the Wildcats, their status and what conservation efforts are being undertaken to ensure their survival. Bringing knowledge of their existence and awareness of their status to a wider audience is crucial to preventing their extinction.
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The Moon and Lake of Stars | 30 minutes
Producers: Lawrence Luhanga
Country: Malawi | World Premiere
The Moon and the Lake of Stars is a thematic story about the fish species endemic only to Lake Malawi, Africa's third largest lake and world third deepest freshwater lake. The Cichlids' habitat was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. Despite their unique ecology and biome, the fish species are threatened by over exploitation, degradation and climatic change effects thus facing possible extinction. Hence, the story is characterized by narration and epic shots aimed to instill the message that urges activism for preservation and protection.
Desolation Follows | 8 minutes
Short film that takes viewers on a unique and evocative journey into the landscape and wildlife of the English moors.
AWARE | 7 minutes
The AWARE Wildlife Center is a non-profit that cares for injured and orphaned Georgia wildlife and promotes peaceful coexistence with our animal neighbors. Thanks to a staff of dedicated volunteers, these unusual patients get a second chance at life.
Saving Warru | 25 minutes
Warru, or black-footed rock-wallaby, is one of South Australia's most endangered mammals. In 2007, when numbers dropped below 200 in the remote central desert, the Warru Recovery Team was formed to help save the precious species from extinction. Bringing together contemporary science, practical on-ground threat management and traditional Anangu ecological knowledge, this unique decade-long program has recently celebrated the release of dozens of warru to the wild for the first time. Come on a remarkable adventure in conservation and culture as the indigenous people of the wild red deserts of Australia fight to save a national icon.
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The Last Wild Tigers
Haiti, my Love
Panel discussion with producers: Ilana Lapid, Aaron Straight, Adam Brown and Andrew Wegst
Haiti, my love | 9 minutes
Haiti, my love – an island story (Kreyol with English subtitles) “Conservation is for rich people.” - Philippe Bayard, Haiti Audubon Society. Involved in a life and death struggle, the people of Boukan Chat, Haiti live alongside a bird on the brink of extinction. Over the course of the last 6 years the people and some very unlikely partners built a collaboration that improves the lives of the people and protects the bird from extinction. Haitian Biologist, Anderson Jean tells the story back to the community in Kreyol… a story still unfolding right in front of their eyes. This short film is a love letter to this resilient rural community of Boukan Chat, Haiti.
The Last Wild Tigers | 45 minutes
The Last Wild Tigers follows the journey of well known musician Liu Huan as he travels to India to learn about the plight faced by the rapidly decreasing tiger population. He visits Ranthambore National Park and gets up close with tigers, their history and the trade in their body parts. These majestic animals are being hunted for their skin and bones to make various products used in Chinese traditional medicine. We learn about what India is doing to help protect the species and how their numbers are falling due to the illegal trade. WATCH TRAILER >
Yochi | 25 minutes
Yochi, a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow Headed Parrots in the pine Savannah of Belize. When his beloved older brother, Itza returns from the city, Yochi discovers he is in debt and has turned to poaching- setting the brothers on a collision course. WATCH TRAILER >
KILLING GAMES: Wildlife in the Crosshairs
Drive them Buffalo
Racheros del Jaguar
Working together for Grizzly Bears
Panel discussion, Camilla H. Fox and other guests
KILLING GAMES: Wildlife in the Crosshairs
A groundbreaking exposé brings the shadowy world of wildlife killing contests to light. On any given weekend, America's most iconic wild animals are massacred in these events, their bodies weighed and stacked like cords of wood, and prizes awarded to the "hunters" that kill the largest or most targeted species. Coyotes, bobcats, wolves and foxes are the most common victims. WATCH TRAILER >
Drive Them Buffalo | 20 minutes
For millennia the Blackfeet people depended on the American bison for survival and spiritual guidance. When the species was wiped out to near extinction, the people suffered deeply. Today, the Blackfeet Nation is committed to restoring buffalo to their lands.
Rancheros del Jaguar | 12 minutes
Rancheros del Jaguar takes place in Sonora, Mexico, where a community of ranchers fights against, drought, disease and predators to keep their cattle alive. They share this land with the most northern population of jaguars in the Americas. While ranchers historically hunted or poisoned jaguars, shrinking the jaguar's northern range to only a few pockets in Mexico, this traditional relationship is changing thanks to a unique conservation program. Featuring the rugged landscape of Sonora and an intimate glance at a powerful predator, this film is told in the words of the ranchers themselves and raises the question-can they coexist? WATCH TRAILER >
Working Together for Grizzly Bears | 15 minutes
Producers: Mike Short and Courtney Hughes
Country: Canada | World Premiere
"Working Together for Grizzly Bears" is a short documentary highlighting the collaborative efforts of a multi-stake holder group in Northwest Alberta's boreal landscape. Together, we have conducted the first-ever DNA population assessment of northern boreal grizzlies, launched a citizen science program and deliver important educational outreach across and under-served landscape. Together we are helping people and bears co-exist. Together we are helping deliver on grizzly bear population recovery.
Porpoises at the Edge
A Fishing Story
Panel discussion, Q&A with Andrew Wegst and
Devin Timnik from WildAid
* Off site Reception to follow
Porpoises in Peril | 50 minutes
Porpoises in Peril follows the journey of world renown pianist Lang Lang as he travels to the interior of China to learn about the plight faced by the rapidly decreasing population of the Yangtze River Fin-less Porpoise. This once plentiful mammal is slowly following in the wake of the Baji dolphin, another local aquatic mammal driven to extinction only a few years ago. We learn how river traffic and over fishing have driven this species to less than 1000 individuals. We then travel to remote Baja, Mexico and join Sea Shepherd in the hunt for poachers of the Totoaba. The swim bladder from this fish sells for thousands on the black market in China. Yet another porpoise, the Vaquita has been driven to near extinction from being caught in the gill nets used for the Totoaba. We meet the folks working to keep the Vaquita alive and also meet the poachers who are driving it to the brink. It is a tale of human greed and also conservation from both sides of the globe. WATCH TRAILER >
Vanishing Corals | 26 minutes
VANISHING CORAL reveals the devastating effects of warming oceans and bleaching events within the “coral triangle” of southeast Asia, and powerfully illustrates what some dedicated scientists and environmental activists are doing to save these unique coral populations. The film comes at a pivotal moment, when coral reef populations are declining world-wide. Mass coral bleaching events due to elevated ocean temperatures occurred in 1998, 2002 and 2006, and coral bleaching is now expected to become an annual occurrence. The environmental costs are staggering: in 2016, one-third of the Great Barrier Reef along the eastern coast of Australia was decimated by a warm spell attributed to climate change.
A Fishing Story | 10 minutes
A Fishing Story is a short documentary created by Antonia Brown discussing the fishing practices of the Guna people, a Panamanian indigenous group inhabiting over 300 Caribbean islands. This film was created in conjunction with Antonia’s independent research project for her final month of studying abroad in Panama. The film explores issues related to sustainability and conservation. It tells the story of a fishing community in peril due to the disappearing fish populations. This film educates audience members about the global fish crisis while also providing hope for the future.