Wednesday, October 23

Series 21 | 12:00-2:00 pm

Save The Bucardo

Indianapolis Prize

Letting the Rivers Flow


To Find A Harpy

Save The Bucardo | 52 minutes

Pablo Lozano, Producer & Director
Country: Spain | North America Premiere

The Bucardo, the Pyrenean mountain goat, was a unique animal. For centuries, intensive hunting made it a ghost and forced it to hide in an inaccessible habitat, the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido. During many years, scientists and institutions fought to avoid its extinction but, in the year 2000, the last bucardo died and a great battle was lost, but not the war. In 2003, Spanish and French scientists managed to clone the last bucardo. It was the first time in history that an extinct animal came back to life. They took a historic step in science, the first de-extinction in the world, the first real “Jurassic Park” and a new door was opened to hope.


To Find A Harpy | 20 minutes

Daniel O'Neil, Director
Country Guyana | East Coast Premiere

There is a bird deep in the forests of South America with legs as wide as a human arm, talons longer than a grizzly bear's and a grip strong enough to crush bone with ease. The harpy is the largest eagle in the Americas and the most powerful bird of prey in the world. But this ghost of the canopy is rare - so rare that many adventurers, scientists and avid birders have spent their entire lives searching, to barely catch a single glimpse.

Home to vast expanses of tangled rainforest, wide plains of natural savanna and winding river systems, Guyana is a global biodiversity hotspot. Over 80% of the country is covered by dense primary rainforest with almost its total population living on the tiny coastal strip. It is also the home to a rich indigenous culture living deep in the jungle who tell stories of their ancestors climbing trees that break into the heavens and of giant grey birds that carry souls to the underworld.

“To Find a Harpy” is the story of one woman’s quest into the world’s most remote and unexplored rainforest to fulfill her dream of seeing this mythical bird…

In the face of all the adversities on this ultimate “quest to see”, will mathematician, Natasha Ellison fulfill her dream and join the ranks of those lucky few people on Earth to see a harpy eagle in the wild?

Indianapolis Prize | 30 minutes

Producer: Matt Mays
Country: USA | World Premiere

It all began as a question: What can we do that will really make a difference in saving the lives of endangered and threatened animals all over the world? That question led to the concept of the Indianapolis Prize, an initiative that would approach the issue of animal conservation in a whole new way by combining significant financial support with programs that build emotional and intellectual support. The Indianapolis Prize awards $250,000 to one of the most successful animal conservationist in the world.

Guidance | 3 minutes

Producer & Director, John Mastriano
Country: USA | East Coast Premiere

John Thomas Mastriano lost his hard-fought battle with cancer on October 25, 1989, at the age of 31. He was my dad. I was too young to remember much about him, but I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by many people who knew him well and enjoyed telling stories about him. Fathers can guide you through life in all sorts of ways. This is a story about me and my father’s shared passion for nature, wildlife and exploration and how learning about him guided me to that passion.

Letting the Rivers Flow | 15 minutes

Producer & Director, Lauren Owens
Country: USA | New York Premiere

When the pilgrims first landed here they called it “the paradise of all these parts” because of the abundance of wildlife and productive fisheries. Today river herring are on the verge of being listed as an endangered species. With over 400 years of industrial development involving the construction of mills and dams along the rivers and streams of Massachusetts, it is no wonder that the state has more clogged waterways than most other states in the nation. Conservation efforts are being made to remove blockages and open up systems, connecting miles of rivers to
the ocean once again. By telling the story of one small brook, we communicate the larger story of habitat restoration for sea -run species throughout the Commonwealth. The series of dams on the Third Herring Brook was one of the earliest restoration projects of this type in the state. “One day soon the dam will break and change will come and what I have always known will be no more and what I have not known will be again.”



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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival

Series 22 | 3:00-5:00 pm

Rhino's in the Freezer

Gitanyow Lax'Yip Guardians

Cranes Up in the Sky

MPG Ranch: The Land and its' People

Tomorrow's Fish


Rhino's in the Freezer | 52 minutes

Producers: Cintia Garai 7 Zsolt Marcell Toth
Director: David Attila molnar
Country: Hungary | World Premiere

Rhinos are in a retreat. In their constant battle with mankind and changing climate, these prehistoric giants keep losing. From Europe they vanished thousands of years ago, with nothing but faint cave paintings remaining in their wake. In Asia a handful of them are roaming the last fragments of the rainforest. In Africa their survivors are forced behind electric fences, guarded by heavily armed rangers. On the black market the price of rhino horn is skyrocketing. The result is a massive wave of poaching, sweeping through the entire world. Europol issued a warning that organized crime gangs started to steal rhino horns from museums and private collections. Rhinos are wanted around the world. Dead or alive. Still, there is a place where they can find a safe shelter. And that place is in the fridge...

Follow a team of dedicated scientists as they venture deep into the jungles of Malaysia, fly over the grasslands of South Africa or crisscross the world’s zoos. Everywhere they stretch the limits of our knowledge, develop and test new tools and veterinary protocols. They apply cutting edge technology in order to collect, conserve and use the invaluable genetic material of the rhinoceros.


Gitanyow Lax'Yip Guardians | 10 minutes

Producer|Director, Farhan Umedaly | VoVo Productions
Country: Canada | World Premiere

Lax’Yip Guardians are the eyes and ears of the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs who have been the stewards of their land since time began. See how an ancient indigenous governance system is helping to restore this beautiful, wild territory in the face of industrialization and climate change.

Cranes Up in the Sky | 30 minutes

Filmdzsungel Stúdió
Director, Tóth Zsolt Marcell
Country: Hungary | World Premiere

The common crane is one of the largest fly-bird species on Earth. One of its migratory routes for a thousand years runs through the middle of Europe, over Hungary. People have long wondered at these mighty birds. Where do these flying giants come from? Where are they headed? How far can they travel and how fast can they fly? How do they keep contact with each other, how do they communicate?

MPG Ranch: The Land and its' People | 20 minutes

Cherin Spencer-Bower
Country: USA | East Coast Premiere

MPG Ranch is a conservation property in Western Montana. This video follows the history of the Salish Indians in the Bitterroot Valley. It outlines the Maclay family history from the 1700s to present day. The Maclays transformed this land into a working cattle ranch and passed it down for generations. In 2009 it became a conservation property. We now restore the land's vegetation and support its wildlife through research and education.


Tomorrow’s Fish | 8 minutes

Producer/Director: Gianna Savoie | Ocean Media Institute
Country: USA | East Coast Premiere

An exciting new angle on conservation. If you think fly fishing is all about peaceful mountain streams and trout, think again. As we embark on a breathtaking adventure to “fly the salt” off the coast of New York City with two intrepid guides, we experience the frontier gutsiness that stokes their intense commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for ocean fisheries, wildlife, and the ecosystem as a whole. It’s a powerful pursuit in an unlikely wilderness, where we are sparked to celebrate – and fight for – the infinite value of connecting to something real, something deep, something quintessentially wild – all through the grip of a fly rod.


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Series 23 | 6:00-8:00 pm

The Queen of Taru

Into the Jungle

Otters and the Exotic Pet Trade

Now or Never

*Panel discussion with Cassandra Koenen of the World Animal Protection Society and other guests TBA.

The Queen of Taru | 40 minutes

Producers: Rani Sridhar
Director: Aishwarya Sridhar
Country: India | World Premiere

Filmed over six years, "The Queen of Taru" is a tale of love, survival, loss and chronicling the life of the most iconic and photographed tigress named Maya (T-12) of Central India. From being an orphaned cub, Maya grows up to being powerful and invincible. Using a combination of tact and strategy, yet quite unseen in the world of big cats, Maya battles for survival. Filled with natural history moments, "The Queen of Taru", transports the audience into the dense canopies of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, located in Chandrapur district, Maharashtra state, India. Here one can see the most feared Big Cat living a life unseen by many.



Into the Jungle | 11 minutes

Producer & Director: Justin Davey
Country: Nepal | World Premiere


Inspired by his time filming for the UNFCCC on climate change since 2016, Filmmaker Justin Davey traveled with JGI's Manoj Gautam through Nepal's Bardiya National Park in the precious Terai Arc Landscape to explore the nexus between animal conservation, habitat protection and climate change. Far away from the ceremony of policymaking conferences, Justin went to see firsthand how rural, isolated communities have responded to poaching and discovered how Nepal's successful approach to anti-poaching is actually beneficial to combating climate change.

Note from the director:
Those communities in isolated corners like Bardiya are the most important defenders of the environment the world has. They are the ones making the last stand against humanity's endless consumption of mother nature.

Otters and the Exotic Pet Trade | 20 minutes

World Animal Protection Society
Producers: Will Foster Grundy
and Aaron Gekoski
Country: Malaysia World Premiere

Tracking the exotic pet trade in otters across the globe, a story of gangsters and guns, mammals and middlemen. Japanese otter cafés and social media influencers are driving increased demand for pet otters all over the world, with devastating consequences. These otters might be adorable, but the truth behind this trade is anything but. Ripped from the wild or irresponsibly bred, orphaned by poachers and confined in unnatural environments, these otters live a life of extreme misery. Following World Animal Protection intelligence, environmental photojournalist Aaron Gekoski investigates otters used as exotic pets.


Now or Never | 25 minutes

Producer/Director, Matt Senior
Country: United Kingdom World Premiere

The world's first documentary on rarest great ape species, the Tapanuli orangutan and their Sumatran forest home. for thousands of years these orangutans have experienced a tranquil existence in this rich rainforest, alongside countless other fascinating species. The local people living adjacent to Batang Toru have also lived comfortably for generations, surviving from the precious water created by the forest. But now, everything is changing.

The global population in growing out of control and the natural world is suffering, including the Batang Toru. Humanity's drive for ever more cheap energy now threatens the future of the world's newest great ape. The time to act and save Batang Toru is Now, Or Never again will we be living in a world with a third orangutan species.



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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival

Series 24 | 8:30-10:30 pm

Eye of the Pangolin

Survival of the Sun Bear

UNCAGED, Saving China's Songbirds from Poachers

Jane Alexander, Saving Wild Things & Wild Places

*Panel discussion with Jocelyn Stokes, Aaron Sandhu
** Special guest; author, wildlife conservationist
Jane Alexander; Tony Award winner and two-time Emmy Award winner.

Eye of the Pangolin | 45 minutes

 Producers: Bruce Young
Country: South Africa
World Premiere

A firestorm of poaching and illegal trade is raging around the African pangolin. These shy, defenseless animals suddenly find themselves in the spotlight as they’re pushed to the edge of extinction. They are being trafficked to the Far East in staggering numbers, and yet this curious little creature is one of the most elusive on the planet. Many people have never heard of it, very few have seen it in the wild and it does not survive in captivity.

Due to an increasingly insatiable market in Asia, their pangolins have disappeared almost entirely. They are poached and killed for the supposed medicinal value of their scales and as a dining delicacy where a single serving of pangolin meat can cost up to US $3000. The decimation of the Asian species has seen a dramatic spike in demand for African pangolins.

Two award-winning South African filmmakers are on a mission to capture the African pangolin on film in the hope that if people come to know it, they will care enough to help end this horrific trade. They travel the continent of Africa to track down these beguiling creatures about which so little is known. They aim to learn from those caring for and studying them.


Jane Alexander, Saving Wild Things & Wild Places | 5 minutes

Producer/Director:  John Mikulak
Country: USA | World Premiere

You probably know Jane Alexander for her Oscar-nominated roles in “All The President's Men,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The Great White Hope” and “Testament.” But this celebrated actress is also a successful author and global ambassador for wildlife conservation. In “Jane Alexander: Saving Wild Things and Wild Places,” Jane shares her love of nature and why it’s so important for humanity to save the planet’s endangered species and habitats. While the situation can often seem bleak, Jane believes there is hope and that we can all make a difference, starting in our own backyards

Survival of the Sun Bears | 25 minutes

Producer/Director" Jocelyn Stokes
Country: Malaysia | World Premiere

When an orphaned sun bear cub is rescued from illegal captivity she must learn how to survive in the wild before she can finally be set free. Filmed on the island of Borneo, in a rainforest older than the Amazon, this short documentary follows the journey of a rescued sun bear called Natalie

Conservation is brought to life as we experience the journey of rehabilitation and release. This film leads us to realize that just as we need the rainforests, these rainforests need sun bears; so what threatens sun bears also threatens us.

As we examine our own life choices in regard to consumerism and career paths, we discover we all have a role to play in reducing these threats and keeping sun bears alive, wild and free.


UNCAGED: Saving China's Songbirds from Poachers | 10 minutes

Producer & Director: Sean Gallagher
Country: China | World Premiere

In the forests on the outskirts of Beijing, birds hang silently from the trees, lifeless, entwined in nets. Bird poaching has become a silent epidemic across China, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of migratory birds each year. They are caught each spring and autumn as they pass through the country, flying between Siberia and South East Asia, and are captured for the pet trade and for consumption as food. This documentary follows Gu Xuan, a young Chinese conservationist, determined to break this cycle of death and destruction on the bird populations he loves. In the nation’s capital, he single-handedly tracks down and confronts poachers as they illegally trap and sell birds. Risking his own safety in the face of abuse and intimidation, his determination and devotion to these animals drives him to continue, hoping for a day when they are fully protected.


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Films and speakers subject to change prior to and during festival