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Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker: The Challenges of Staying Honest in an Industry Where Ratings Are King by Chris Palmer - OUT NOW!!
Chris Palmer’s new book, Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker: The Challenges of Staying Honest in an Industry Where Ratings Are King, is part memoir, part confession, and part indictment of the cable and television networks for failing to put conservation, education, and animal welfare ahead of ratings and profits. It’s also about the mistakes he’s made while struggling to excel in a profession he loves. He argues that the state of the wildlife filmmaking industry worsens every year and says that it’s time for wildlife filmmaking to move in a more ethical direction. He makes a compelling case that we must make broadcasters like Animal Planet, Discovery, National Geographic, and the History Channel do better, and that it’s time for viewers and filmmakers to fight back.
How refreshing to read such an honest and revealing account of the wildlife film-making industry. Chris Palmer describes his own journey through the business, his concerns as he realised it was not as ethical as many people think, and offers insights into how the situation could be improved. It's not often that you read a book that is both clear about the depth of the problems and who are causing them, but also leaves the reader on an optimistic note with the list of positive solutions that could and should be adopted. The threats that the natural world currently face are far too important and urgent for large networks to continue making facile and damaging shows, and this book shows how bad the situation has become.
Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. Your chance to win a prestigious award, with cash prize of £5,000 and reach millions through national exposure. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony in September. The overall prize fund worth up to £20,000 includes prizes from lead sponsors Canon and Sky.
What makes for successful conservation? Sometimes, it takes a Hero.
For the past 11 years, Arkive has strived to build an unparalleled collection of the world’s best images and films of wildlife and habitats around the globe. Currently, Arkive shares the story of over 16,000 species with over 100,000 stunning photographs and film clips from our generous media contributors such as the BBC, Disney, Smithsonian Institute and over 6,000 enormously talented independent filmmakers and photographers.
But there is another side of conservation that has yet to have its story told on Arkive. Our team is privileged to work with inspiring scientists, researchers, educators, and conservationists around the globe who have dedicated their lives to the conservation of nature both on a local and global scale. From creative and powerful cheetah conservation practices to independent filmmakers who trudge the Everglades on the weekends to capture rare and powerful footage, there are hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of conservation stories to share from the Heroes at the frontlines who are accomplishing measurable advances for conservation.
The 10th Annual Spring 2015 Film Series
- An SOC Signature Series Created and Hosted by Chris Palmer - AUCEF
30 January 2015
FRIDAY, MARCH 20 at 7 pm –
World Premiere Screening of Doeville DOEVILLE (USA, 2015, 92 min.)
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 at 7 pm –
Reception at 6:30 pm.
An Evening with Chris Palmer
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 at 7 pm -
Student Short Environmental Film Festival
THURSDAY, MARCH 26 at 7 pm -
OK, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What? Impact Filmmaking Panel
FRIDAY, MARCH 27 at 7 pm -
The Leopard in the Land
(USA/Mongolia, 2014, 58 min.)
SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at 5 pm -
Of Oysters and Watermen: A Chesapeake Bay Program CHESAPEAKE VILLAGES (USA, 2015, 30 min.) ADD ONE BACK (USA, 2014, 17 min.)
SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at 7 pm -
Reception at 6:00 p.m.
Farming for the Future – Enduring Traditions, Innovative Practices FARMING FOR THE FUTURE (USA, 2013, 7 min.) 50 YEARS OF FARMING: FOR LOVE & VEGETABLES (USA, 2014, 10 min.) GROWING LEGACY (USA, 2014, 6 min.) SOIL CARBON COWBOY (USA, 2013, 12 min.)
TUESDAY, MARCH 31 at 7 pm -
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, March 17- 29, is the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country and the largest film festival in Washington, D.C.
The 23rd annual Festival presents over 160 films selected to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing our planet. A special focus on “Climate Connections” explores the impact of climate change on our world. The 2015 Festival features cinematic work from 31 countries and 96 Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres.
Most screenings include discussion with filmmakers, environmental experts and cultural leaders. In addition to over 60 filmmakers who will present their film at the 2015 Festival, speakers will include environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, climate scientist Joe Romm, actress Kristin Davis and Tommy Wells, the new Director of the District Department of the Environment.
The 2015 Festival inaugurates a new award: the William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award, established in honor of William Warner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beautiful Swimmers, a study of the crabs and watermen on the Chesapeake Bay. This prize was won by documentarian George Butler’s new film, Tiger Tiger, spotlighting the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger.
The Festival’s Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy goes to Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos’ latest film, Racing Extinction, an urgent call to action to stop the global mass extinction of animal species before it’s too late. Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson’s Monsoon, exploring the vital importance of the annual rains that fall on India, is the winner of The Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film. The Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award is given to Silent River, about efforts to clean up Mexico’s polluted Santiago River by the investigative reporter-filmmaker team of Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks. All award winners are Washington, D.C. premieres.
Oscar-winning French director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) will present a retrospective of his films, including a Work-in-Progress, Ice & Sky, about French glaciologist Claude Lorius’ 60-year study of climate change in the glaciers of Antarctic. The Washington, D.C. premiere of Penguin Counters by local filmmakers Harriet and Peter Getzels explores how penguins in the Antarctic are dealing with climate change and the implications for humans. The Washington, D.C. premiere of Project Ice by local filmmaker William Kleinert examines the impact of diminishing Great Lakes ice on the heartland.
Filmmaker James Redford will show clips from his forthcoming film, Happening., telling positive stories about renewable energy solutions across the country. Director Jon Bowermaster will show a rough cut of his Work-in-Progress, Dear President Obama, Americans Against Fracking in One Voice, an appeal to elected officials to re-consider the consequences of hydraulic fracturing. The Burden highlights how the military is leading the fight for clean energy.
Opening night features the Washington, D.C. premiere of Bikes Vs. Cars, a Swedish film documenting the struggle of bicyclists in a society dominated by cars. On a similar topic, the U.S. premiere of the Dutch film, Bye Bye Car, explores the future of transportation. A special Festival Spotlight program presents the Washington, D.C. premiere of Planetary, a stunning visual portrait of our planet, followed by a multi-media Planetary Experience and celebration of the “Earth Hour,” a global show of support for earth’s ecosystem and climate.
The groundbreaking documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, argues that animal agriculture is the most destructive industry on the planet. Seeds of Time explores efforts to protect the world’s food supply by saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story exposes the appalling waste in our food system.
Films about Latin America include Landfill Harmonic, the story of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made from garbage in their “recycled orchestra”; Marmato, about the clash between globalized mining and a town in Colombia and the Washington, D.C. premiere of H20MX, examining the barriers between Mexico City’s 22 million people and a safe, reliable water supply; the U.S. premiere of Lago Enriquillo: A Prelude to Climate Change, evaluating the effects of climate change on the largest lake in the Antilles. A program on Cuba explores its vibrant coral reefs and considers the impact that lifting the U.S. embargo will have on the country’s pristine environment.
Wildlife films include Virunga, depicting efforts to protect critically endangered mountain gorillas in the Congo; Gardeners of Eden about one family’s attempt to save elephants in Kenya; The Messenger, highlighting the global decimation of songbirds and The Leopard in the Land, documenting an expedition across Mongolia’s Altai Mountains to support Snow Leopard conservation. Winners from the 2014 Wildscreen Film Festival will also be shown.
Check out Will hanging out with Prince Harry and promoting red squirrel conservation here
JHWFF2015 Media Competition Categories Call for Entries Announced!!
Announcing this year's media competition categories! This year's media competition includes 22 categories ranging from best animal behavior program to best interactive media. Call for entry opened March 1, closing June 1!
On the final day of the 2014 DEMA Show in Las Vegas, Emmy Award winning filmmaker Cristian Dimitrius shared some of his accumulated wisdom on how to succeed in the wildlife filmmaking industry. Wetpixel was able to film the lecture, and present it for your viewing pleasure…
Andrew O'Donnell - A multi-talented camera operator, photographer, recordist and composer, based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Kristen Heard - Documentary Producer with experience filming in Asia as well as rural Northern Alaska, currently seeking a Master's degree in wildlife conservation.
Mark Roberts - A sound recordist (with many BBC credits, including BBC's Expedition series from Amazon Abyss to Wild Burma: Nature's Lost Kingdom, as well as landmark series such as Wild China, Life and Frozen Planet.) and fixer, providing production support in Hong Kong and China.
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