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Festival Schedules and Information

Welcome to Wildlife Conservation Film Festival New York 2013. This year we have more exciting film series with many having their first premiere right at this festival. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet likeminded conservationists and to be intellectually stimulated by discussions on issues that concerns us all.The film screenings and panel discussions will take place at New York Institute of Technology Auditorium [1871 Broadway, NY, NY | Subway: A, B, C, D at Columbus Circle; 1 at Lincoln Center]Also don’t miss out Opening Reception at Friars Club [57 East 55th Street] and Conservation Filmmaker’s Workshops at Pace University [1 Pace Place, W444].

Opening Reception

Tuesday, October 15th | 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
OPENING RECEPTION & FUNDRAISER

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Friars Club – 57 East 55th Street (Between Park Avenue & Madison Avenue)
* Dress code: no jeans or sneakers, jackets required for men
  • Open Bar and Hors D’Oeuvres
  • Special guests include: Ian Redmond, Ambassador of UNEP, and Amber Arbucci, Wildlife Photographer and Supermodel and more.
  • Live Auction for safari trips to: Botswana & Zambia, Galapagos and Baja
  • Photography works by Amber Arbucci.
  • Filmmakers: Sandesh Kadur, Oliver Goetzl, Giuseppe Bucciarrelli, John Hemingway and more.
  • Screening of World Premeire short film: Art of Conservation with Allison C. Hanes, Executive Director of AoC

Film Schedule

 

Wednesday, October 16

NYIT Auditorium
1871 Broadway
(between 61st & 62nd Streets)

SERIES 1 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
Smiling Sloth hanging from a tree Field Spotlight: Monique Pool

Conservation International
John Martin, Rebecca Field, Peter Stonier & Sebastian Perry, Producers
6 minutes
*World Premiere
Monique Pool, CI partner and founder of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname, finds herself “slothified” after an area of forest in Paramaribo, Suriname, is cut down. Monique rescues more than 200 animals, mostly sloths, and brings them to an emergency shelter, which also happens to be her home. Watch how Monique manages to feed, house, and release the sloths back into the wild.
TN-Laikipia Laikipia, The Land of Life

Giuseppe Bucciarelli, Producer
Terra Conservation Films
37 minutes
Country: Kenya
New York PremiereLaikipia, central Kenya. Here dangerous wildlife share the land with thousands of farmers and their livestock. A perfect combination for trouble. But despite all odds the people living in Laikipia are fighting to make a dream come true. In this region of Africa co-existence between the needs of humans and the necessities of wildlife and Nature is a well established and solid reality.
TN 1-3 Ahmed and the Return of the Arab Phoenix Ahmed and the Return of the Arab Phoenix

Giuseppe Bucciarelli, Producer
Terra Conservation Films
23 minutes Language: Italian (subtitled in English)
Country: Syria
* North America Premiere
“Ahmed and the Return of the Arab Phoenix” was shot around the Palmyra oasis, Syria, not far from the Euphrates river and the Iraqi border. Despite its bad reputation in the international press, the Syrian government is very much involved in the effort of protecting its natural heritage. This is the story of a handful of visionary men who are fighting in the desert to protect what is left of the biodiversity of Al Badia, the semi-arid desert steppe stretching from the Iraqi border to almost the Mediterranean coast. Their efforts will be rewarded by the discovery, in a remote area, of the last middle eastern breeding colony of the Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) in the wild, one of the rarest migratory birds and a symbol of wisdom for the Bedouins of the desert.
TN 1-4 Spotter Come Home Spotter Come Home

Giuseppe Bucciarelli, Producer
Terra Conservation Films
7 minutes
Country: Kenya
* World Premiere
Spotter, a five- year-old male Black Rhino, just decided to explore the world outside Lewa Downs, his heavily protected conservancy. Now he roams a land where armed poachers are after him and his immensely valuable horn. He must immediately be brought back home to save his life.
Swamp Troop NGCUS  - Ep Code: 4079 Walking with Baboons

Giuseppe Bucciarelli, Producer
Terra Conservation Films
7 minutes
Language: Italian (subtitled in English)
Country: Kenya
* World Premiere
They are short, hairy and funny looking. They are also astute, strong and well organized. They are baboons. Widespread all over Kenya, these monkeys are often considered pests. But a day spent walking alongside a troop of wild baboons in the Rift valley will change our mind. Come with us and discover the true colors of one of the most intriguing species of Africa.

* Q & A with Giuseppe Bucciarelli
SERIES 2 | 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-BdBurnIvory Battle for the Elephants

John Heminway & J.J. Kelly, Producers
Everwild Media
50 minutes
“Battle for the Elephants,” a groundbreaking, new, one-hour special produced by National Geographic Television, explores the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory. The film tells the ultimate wildlife story — how the Earth’s most charismatic and majestic land animal today faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for precious metals. Journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley take viewers undercover as they investigate the criminal network behind ivory’s supply and demand. In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, one of the world’s main ports for smuggled ivory, Hartley attempts to buy large quantities of tusks from poachers. In China, Christy explores the thriving industry of luxury goods made from ivory and the ancient cultural tradition of ivory carving.
TN-Elephants Panel Discussion: The Ivory Trade

70 mins
  • J.J. Kelly, Producer of “Battle for Elephants”
  • Kelvin Alie, Director of Wildlife Trade @ IFAW
  • Bryan Christy, Special Investigative Journalist

* Reception with filmmakers and speakers from Series 1 & 2

 

Thursday, October 17

NYIT Auditorium
1871 Broadway
(between 61st & 62nd Streets)

SERIES 3 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-3-1 palau-islands-pacific-ocean Field Chronicles: The Pacific Oceanscape

Conservation International
John Martin, Rebecca Field, Peter Stonier & Sebastian Perry, Producers
8 minutes
* World Premiere
The Pacific Oceanscape is a political commitment by countries of the Pacific Islands Forum to understand, guard, and conserve the Pacific Ocean for the benefit of all. Fifteen countries of the Pacific Islands Forum have committed to create the largest protected area network on earth.
TN-3-2 manatees Can Gentle Survive?

EarthViews Productions
Stan Minasian and Hardy Jones, Producers
10 minutes
* New York Premiere
Manatees, often called “Sea Cows”, are one of the gentlest and most docile creatures in all of nature. They have been at the center of a long-running feud in Florida waters between recreational boaters who strike and kill dozens of manatees every year, and those who wish to save these animals. Noise pollution, the draining of their native rivers, hydroelectric power plants, and a multitude of other human activities all contribute to the potential demise of these extraordinary creatures.
TN-3-3 Okapi 5 Ituri: Land of the Okapi

S.O. Taylor, Producer
20 minutes
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
*North America Premiere
The Ituri can be described as Africa’s last remaining true frontier wildernesses and with the resources of this remote African region in great demand we need to be aware of the need to conserve this regions rich bio-diversity if the wildlife and the indigenous peoples of the Ituri are to have a sustainable future.This is a region of undocumented rich and unique wildlife such as the Okapi found only within these vast equatorial rain-forests – the Mbuti Pygmy’s are said to have inhabited this regions forests as hunter gathers for the last 15,000 years.
TN-3-4 Gorilla-Silverback-6 Spirits of the Congo

Oscar Portillo, Producer
Explora Films
52 minutes
*World Premeire
Few places in the world are so little-known as the impenetrable jungles of theCongo. Deep in the jungle, the stories of explorers, journalists, scientists andmissionaries, stories that seem to spring from fevers and the imagination,gradually take shape. The legends come alive when the Baaka Pygmies guide ourcameras into the lush vegetation to show us the reality behind the myths.Genocidal kings, living dinosaurs, peaceful giants, demonic killers, etc. Thespirits of the jungle are backed by rational explanations with scientific andhistorical analysis. although such analysis may reveal the reality is much more terrible than fantasy of the legends.
* Film series followed by Q & A with Ian Redmond
SERIES 4 | 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-4-1 wolverine Wolverine: Hyenas of the North

Oliver Goetzl & Ivo Norenberg, Producers
Gulo Film Productions
45 minutes
Country: Finland
*New York Premiere
This one hour HD-special is a little wildlife filmmaking sensation. Meet one of the shyest predators of the Northern hemisphere: the wolverine. It is so elusive that even hunters rarely come across it. Wildlife photographer Antti Leinonen has followed wolverines for more than 18 years in Finland and has contrived a lot of tricks how to overcome the cleverness of the big marten.In this way, the director Oliver Goetzl and the cameraman Ivo Nörenberg were able to film wild wolverines for the first time (it’s the first full length documentary about this creature which has been done in the wild, only) and to create an intimate portrait – with splashy scientific news – of the “Hyenas of the North”.
TN-4-2 unbearable-life-dancing-bears_6312 Jungle Book Bear

Oliver Goetz & Ivo Norenbergl, Producers
Gulo Film Productions
Narrated by David Attenborough
50 minutes
Country: India
*New York Premiere
Jungle Book Bear: We all know him, we all love him: Baloo- Mowgil’s constant companion from the Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling and even more the Walt Disney movie made this clumsy fellow world famous. The role models for Baloo are the Sloth Bears of India-surprisingly little is known about this secretive species. Mostly nocturnal animals the sloth bear has never been portrayed in a natural history programme before. Over a period of three years Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Norenberg not only were lucky enough to film these elusive creatures in the daytime but also got behavior that was not known to scientists before.
* Q & A with Oliver Goetzl & Ivo Norenberg
11:00 pm Reception with Filmmakers from Series 3 & 4 at Smith’s

 

Friday, October 18

NYIT Auditorium
1871 Broadway
(Between 61st & 62nd Streets)

SERIES 5 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-5-1 Uakari-view Uakari: Secrets of the English Monkey

Peter and Sheera Von Puttkamer
Gryphon Productions
48 minutes
Country: Peru
*New York Premiere
This stunning award-winning High Definition Documentary was shot over a year in the Peruvian Amazon. It features the elusive Red Uakari Monkey—the first time its behavior has been filmed in the wild. This film takes us from Peru’s bustling city of Iquitos to an exotic world: a 4 day jungle cruise down the Amazon and its tributaries to the Lago Preto monkey preserve—home to a troupe of 500 threatened Red Uakari monkeys. Here wildlife biologist Dr. Mark Bowler studies the primates, working with the Wildlife Conservation Society and England’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. The monkeys feeds on the Aguaje Palm- called “the Tree of Life”- as they drop fruit to the forest floor it helps to feed many other animal species. But, as logging moves into the area- forest eco-systems are threatened and hunting could wipe out whole species. Through his work, Mark helps to ensure the future survival of these amazing monkeys.
TN-5-2 swamper-7 In the Land of the Swamper

Maja Zonjic, Director
15 minutes
Country: Honduras
*North America Premiere
In the Land of the Swamper examines the extent to which tourist over development in Utila is responsible for the drastically declining population of the island’s endemic black spiny-tail Swamper Iguana specie. Located north of the Honduran mainland along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, Utila is the smallest of the Bay Islands, and one of the cheapest places globally to obtain a PADI Scuba Diving certificate. For the last couple of decades, tourism has played an invaluable role in the island’s economic growth, which has sadly spearheaded; environmentally unsustainable infrastructure development; mangrove destruction; over-fishing; as well as coral reef degradation. Although once plentiful, the island’s mangroves have recently been clear-cut to only eight square kilometres, and continue to be destroyed daily. Living in the black mangroves on the island, and facing extinction due to habitat loss/fragmentation and poaching, the Swamper Iguana has been assessed as a critically endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In the Land of the Swamper features interviews with leading conservationists and showcases current NGO initiatives, while discussing the immeasurable importance of all mangrove ecosystems globally.
TN-5-3 055 Song of the Whale – The Night Whale

IFAW
18 minutes
* World Premeire
Follow the International Fund for Animal Welfare on their purpose-built research vessel, the Song Of The Whale to the whale feeding and nursing grounds off the coast of Massachusetts. They join a team from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to undertake a first of its kind project to collect a full 24 hours of data from tagged humpback whales. The mission is to learn what these magnificent creatures, especially mother and calf pairs, do at night below the surface. For more info, visit: http://ifaw.org
TN-5-4 cuba4 The Wild Colours of Cuba

Tania Escobar, Producer
15 minutes
Country: Cuba
*World Premiere
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
Cuba is home to characteristic and brightly coloured creatures, yet little is known about the unique colours of its fauna. This short-documentary reveals the causes and purposes of their unique colourations. This is a fascinating and colourful story about the famous Cuban Trogon and iridescent hummingbirds, to aquatic lizards and the most colourful snails on earth.
* Q & A with Maja Zonjic and Tania Escobar
SERIES 6 | 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-6-1 Silkies 2 Baja

Erick Higuera, Producer
5 minutes
Country: Mexico
*World Premiere
“Baja” shows the amazing beautiful creatures that inhabit its waters. These beauties are stil there, but most threatened. Amazing close up footage of dolphins, sharks, rays, sea lions, whales that is awe inspiring and will make the audience have a deep desire to visit this region that is unlike any other place on earth.* WCFF along with our travel partner Want Expeditions will lead a trip to this region in March 2014. Contact info@wcff.org for details.
TN-Return to the Forest Return to the Forest

Patricia Sims, Producer
Narrated by William Shatner
30 minutes
*New York Premiere
Return to the Forest is the heartfelt story of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and its mission to return captive Asian elephants back to the wild in Thailand, saving them from abuse, exploitation and extinction.“Elephants are among the most fascinating creatures. What limits there are to their intelligence, we don’t know. What we do know is that they can communicate between each other thousands of miles which would then also mean that every elephant is linked to every other elephant in the world. Why the complexity unless there was a reason and that reason has to be intelligence. What a wonderful creature they must be.” – William Shatner
TN-6-3 baby-beluga2 Belugas Speaking Across Time

Patricia Sims, Producer
Canawest Productions
50 minutes
Country: Russia
*World Premier
Beluga Speaking Across Time is a fascinating examination of the unique communication patterns of beluga whales and their history with humankind. The films reveals the elusive underwater world of the white beluga whale. On a spectacular journey through the remote regions of the Eastern Canadian Arctic, the White Sea, and Northwest Russia, Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims meets Inuit hunters and Russian scientists to explore the beluga’s enigmatic behavior and its unique relationship with Arctic people across time.
* Q & A with Patricia Sims
* 11:00 – Reception with Filmmakers from Series 5 & 6 at Smith’s

 

Saturday, October 19

NYIT Auditorium
1871 Broadway
(between 61st & 62nd Streets)

SERIES 7 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Films for Children and Families) PURCHASE TICKETS
246375-250 Shark Riddle

Laura & Robert Sams
Sisbro Productions
25 minutes
* New York Premiere
The Shark Riddle, is a half-hour shark film for the whole family – featuring HD footage of over 20 shark species. What is the biggest shark in the ocean, and what do its teeth look like? That is the mysterious riddle that The Riddle Solvers must figure out. Join their adventure through the pages of a magical journal to solve this riddle and meet a raucous group of singing sea lions, experience the underwater game show Are You a Shark?, hear a shark lullaby, go to shark camp and discover the powerful and magnificent world of sharks. This charming and hilarious look at the ocean’s top predators has received ‘two fins up’ from sharks everywhere.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Treasure Fish of Texada Island

Otter Be Good Productions
Terry L. Brown, Producer
25 minutes
* World Premiere
Texada Island stickleback fish may be the youngest species’ in the world. They may also be the rarest and most endangered! ‘Treasure Fish’ deeply explores what daily life is like for these fish. Beyond this it touches on the scientific significance of the species pairs. As we immerse ourselves in the drama of their lives these tiny fish become familiar neighbours, not so different from you and me. You’ll feel as if you’re right there in the water with these flamboyant and fascinating fish through up-close-and-personal videography and intimate narration. Marvel as Dad stickleback makes a nest and fiercely protects his eggs and small fry from turtles, dragonflies and marauding bands of pirate stickleback! Discover hidden treasure in the living jewels of Texada Island
TN-onceuponatide Once Upon A Tide

Kathleen Frith, Producer
Narrated by Linda Hunt
10 minutes
* New York Premiere
A storyteller, played by Academy Award winner Linda Hunt, speaks to us of a spell that has been cast that has caused everyone to forget about the importance of the ocean. One little girl, however, is determined to find a way to break the spell. She embarks on a journey to the sea with a magical shell that shows her how our health and well-being depend on the marine environment, and explains how the ocean is under threat. Arriving at her destination, the girl helps us realize how we can all break the spell and save the ocean, and ourselves.
TN-7-3 juvturtleplastron People Love Turtles

Otter Be Good Productions
Terry L. Brown, Producer
20 minutes
* World Premiere
Western Painted Turtles are often overlooked on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. In fact, most people don’t even know they’re here. It’s not because turtles hide away in vast wilderness areas. They can and do live with us in the urban environment. But in order for these endangered turtles to thrive, humans need to help. Learn how you can help as you dive right into the turtles’ watery world and meet them face-to-face in this film! Witness never-before-filmed behavior. Enjoy intimate moments with a mom turtle as she labors to safely lay her eggs. Playful original music will have you dancing with the turtles. You’ll emerge from this film a turtle lover!
246377-250 Barbara Roberts-Mother of all Hedgehogs

Abigail Brown, Producer
8 minutes
* North America Premeire
Barbara Roberts is a 60 year old woman who has dedicated the past 22 years of her life to caring for rehabilitating sick, injured and underweight hedgehogs at the Withington Hedgehog Hospital in her own home. She has had to face a myriad of problems along the way and overcome many challenges to reach the more constant, fluid routine she has today. Despite this balance she finds herself in, other challenges are ever present and the future of the hospital is far from certain.
* Q & A with Abigail Brown
SERIES 8 | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-8-1 42_15d0b12d2c691ef739ea96b779ce5f6e Return of the Clouded Leopard

Sandesh Kadur, Producer
Felis Creations
50 minutes
*New York Premiere
Return of the Clouded Leopards follows the work of wildlife photographer Sandesh Kadur and the Wildlife Trust of India veterinarian Dr. Bhaskar Choudhury as they undergo the unique rehabilitation of two orphaned cubs to their jungle home. The cubs are hand-reared and taught to live independently before released back to the jungle. A year later the team unites to search for the cubs. Shy and elusive even cat specialists know very little about clouded leopard habits-can they be taught to live in the wild again?
TN-8-2 9 Great Hornbill Northeastern Diaries: Chapter 1 – Kaziranga, Land of the Rhino and Tiger

Sandesh Kadur, Producer
Felis Creations
25 minutes
An isolated region for many years, strictly regulated to anyone from the outside, this pristine wildreness has started to disappear, but through preservation some still exists. These hidden ecosystems are the focus of this series, the Kaziranga, a floodplain and grassland along the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River
TN-A Call In the Rainforest A Call in the RainForest: Plight of the Lion-tailed Macques

Sabyasachi Patra, Producer
India Wilds
20 minutes
*World Premiere
The Lion-tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) is an endangered species according to the IUCN Redlist. It is endemic to the wet evergreen forests of the Western Ghats. The total number of mature Lion-tailed macaques is estimated to be less than 2500 and no sub-population in an area has more than 250 mature individuals. The Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary holds the largest population of the Lion-tailed Macaques.This film documents and examines the impact of tea-plantations, rapid growth of Valparai town, and its associated ills like boom in tourism, expansion of roads through the forest on one Lion-tailed Macaque sub-population in the Valparai Range of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary; and calls for action.
* Q & A with Sandesh Kadur
SERIES 9 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-Saving the Ocean Saving the Oceans: Sacred Island

Dr. Carl Safina, Producer
25 minutes
*World Premiere
“The Sacred Island” takes viewers to Zanzibar, off the East African coast, where local villagers fought a resort development in their pristine reefs and lagoons through a combination of activism, education, and regulation. It was a classic clash: resort development versus villages dependent on local reefs for their livelihood. But this time the villagers won. Once threatened by resort development, Pemba Island’s spectacular reefs and lagoons – World Heritage candidates – are now managed by, and for, the fishermen. As series host Carl Safina finds out how it all happened, he fishes with the locals in traditional dhows and dugout canoes, and meets the island’s influential Imams whose sermons preach how the Koran calls humans to be the stewards of Creation. Pemba’s fishing families are all Muslim, and Safina believes this could be a key to ocean conservation in large parts of the world, where many fishing people also follow Islam.
TN-9-2 WildSides_Screen shot_Entanglement Plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale

Jeff Mittelstadt, Producer
8 minutes
New York Premiere
There are fewer than 500 North Atlantic Right Whales left in the world. The suffer from entanglements in fishing gear, ship strikes and lack of designated critical habitat. Watch a whale freed from fishing net wrapped around its body, learn about their habitat, feeding habits and much more. The film includes interviews with scientific experts, lobstermen who have to change their fishing practices, whale advocates, ship captain who has to abide by a speed limit during whale migrations and more. Gain insight into the issues and information about policy, science, behavioral patterns and more as you watch these beautiful animals.
A young Humpback Whale swims to the surface off the Kohala Coast Scars of Freedom

Celine Cousteau, Producer
5 minutes
This is the story of the repercussions of human negligence juxtaposed with the
incredible power of human compassion. An entangled humpback whale, left for
dead; a fishing net, her anvil. Estimated at 250 kilos this net had cut halfway
through the left side of her tail. Between two dives, our film crew heard a
radio call announcing some fishermen had spotted an entangled whale. Untrained
for such missions, we nonetheless set off to her rescue and captured incredible
footage. Beautiful images of humpbacks swimming through the protected waters off
Hawaii offer a contrast to the story, concluding with a powerful statement;
‘Change begins with the heart.’
TN-660226-coral-reef-bleached Reefs End

Blue Sphere Media
Shawn Heinricks, Producer
15 minutes
* New York Premiere
The Reef’s End delivers a shocking behind-the-scenes look into overfishing and it devastating impact on our reefs. Viewers are delighted by stunning images of some the worlds most pristine reefs teaming with life. These images are juxtaposed with powerful and rarely captured footage of shark fining, turtle hunting, and reef fish exploitation on these very same reefs. Why does the destruction continue unchecked and will we act before it is too late.
Sea Otters Threatened: The Controversial Struggle of the Southern Sea Otter

Palomar College Television
40 minutes
* World Premiere
After being brought back from the brink of extinction, sea otters are once again in peril. An unprecedented number of sea otter moralities have occurred along the California coast since 2010. Like crime detectives, a team of scientists are anxiously searching for the causes of the mysterious deaths.
But not everyone wants to support a thriving sea otter population. Otters are at the center of a bitter controversy regarding the Fish & Wildlife Services recent decision to eliminate their “No Otter Zone” from Southern California Waters
* Q & A with Dr. Carl Safina
SERIES 10 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-masai-giraffe-masai-mara-kenya-pictures The Maasai Giraffe

Matthew Podolsky, Producer
5 minutes
Country: Tanzania
* World Premeire
Wildlife researchers Derek Lee and Monica Bond explains that recent studies have shown that the eight separate populations of giraffes that are found across the African continent may actually constitute eight distinct species. Some of these separate populations have never been studied and are increasingly threatened by poaching and a loss of habitat. Giraffe populations have decreased by 30% in the last decade.
Maasai Giraffe The Forgotten Migration

Matthew Podolsky, Producer
5 minutes
Country: Tanzania
* World Premeire
Meet Robert Mollel, a Tanzanian who grew up right along the border of Tanrangire National Park. This short documentary discusses the decline of zebra and wildebeest populations in the area and how Robert has worked to protect the last few remaining migration corridors. Sadly, Robert passed away shortly after production of this film but his legacy lives on.
TN-10-2 drill-head The Drill Project (El Proyecto del Mono Dril)

Justin Jay and Dr. Shaya Honarvar, Producers
40 minutes
Language: Spanish (subtitled in English)
Country: Equatorial Guinea
* World Premiere
El Proyecto del Mono Drill is a conservation film that brings awareness to the drill monkey (M. leucophaeus poensis) and other wildlife of Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea. Broadcasting for the first time ever images of wild drills, the film tells a tale about their biology while set within the beautiful forests of southern bioko. Drills are one of the largest species of monkeys in the world and are currently facing their toughest challenge to survival as their habitat is disappearing and hunting increases to the demand of the bush meat trade.
TN-10-3 bonobo The Bonobo Connection

Irene A. Magafan, Producer
Narrated by Ashley Judd
30 minutes
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
* New York Premiere

The Bonobo Connection is a documentary about a forgotten relative: the bonobo. Most people have never heard of a bonobo and don’t know they exist. Aside from chimpanzees, they are the closest blood relatives to humans, and in the wild they can only be found in one country, the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa. Bonobos were the last of the great apes to be discovered but could be the first to go extinct due to the dangers they are facing in the wild: deforestation, being hunted for bush meat, and getting caught in the middle of a war zone from the country’s political instability.

This film will take you on an emotional journey into the lives of these forgotten apes. You will meet a family of bonobos; absorb their stories of perseverance and learn of their family in the wild. Through their stories you will learn the history of bonobos, why so little is known about them, their condition in the wild and why they are vital to our planet’s health and to the lives of humankind. These amazing apes have a unique gift of peace and cooperation that they use everyday as tools to enrich and sustain their lives. By understanding bonobos and how they live, humans can learn how to live more peaceful lives. Understanding this powerful, yet peace-loving species, is to reflect on our own origin and gain insights into how we communicate with one another.

* Q & A with Justin Jay and Irene Magafan

PANEL DISCUSSION: Ecotourism’s Impact on Wildlife | 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
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Prince Williams’s Passion
CNN
6 minutes
Interview clip with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge discussing the impact of EcoTourism around the globe to protect critically endangered habitat and species. Prince Willam along with his father, The Prince of Wales and grandfather, The Duke of Cambridge are Patrons of TUSK.Vanishing Heritage: Protecting the Elephants of Amboseli

International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Richard & Shawna Moos and Alexander Mejia-Johnson, Producers
32 minutes
* World Premiere
See the magnificent elephants of Amboseli National Park in Kenya and learn how IFAW is working to protect these elephants and their critical habitat. Features interviews with Cynthia Moss, Vicky Fishlock, James Isiche, Steve Njumbi and members of local Maasai communities who are guardians of this vanishing landscape. For more info, visit; http://ifaw.org
Panelists

  • Ian Redmond, Ambassador of the UNEP
  • Dr. David E. Guggenheim, The Ocean Doctor
  • Jessica Pociask, President of Want Expeditions, LLC
  • Meredith Ogilvie, Executive Director of TUSK (USA)
PANELISTS RECEPTION | 11:00 pm – 12:30 am 
Reception

Location: Smith’s
Cocktails & Conversation with the Filmmakers, Speakers and all event guests.

 

Sunday, October 20

NYIT Auditorium
1871 Broadway
(between 61st & 62nd Streets)

SERIES 11 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-11-1 Christo_scan_3-2 Lysander’s Song

Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Producers
25 minutes
Country: Kenya
* New York Premiere
What does the future of the elephant have to do with the future of childhood? Everything! Combining wildlife footage with the concern and legends of indigenous people in Kenya, the film explores their unique relationships to and with the elephant. Elaborating on the Samburu people’s totem and the unique role the elephant plays in their belief system, Lysander’s Song emphasizes the essential role of the non-human in the human mind and spiritual ecology. The film considers wildlife to be an essential part of our identity.
TN-11-4 beverly-joubert-mother-leopard-panthera-pardus-grooming-her-cub-165105 Living with Big Cats

Dereck & Beverly Joubert
National Geographic Television
52 minutes
* New York Premeire
This film tells the story of the intimate relationship developed between a Leopard, her 8 day old cub and Dereck and Beverly. It is a relationship that turns their lives upside down, challenges their ethics and over 25 years of working limits. It is passionately told, and in many ways a story of internal conflict, testing of boundaries and seduction… The seduction of Dereck and Beverly Joubert by a young leopard who came out of its den and into their lives.
For many years viewers around the world have asked to see how the Joubert’s work, a behind the scenes look at what makes a major National Geographic documentary and we have it in this film.
** Dereck & Beverly Joubert will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
* Q & A with Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson
SERIES 12 | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-12-1 420x220_CI-in-Action_Pacific_Oceanscape_Anote-Tong-On-the-Front-Lines Field Spotlight: President Anote Tong, Kiribati / Lifelong Fisherman

Conservation International
John Martin, Rebecca Field, Peter Stonier & Sebastian Perry, Producers
5 minutes
* World Premiere
President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati, a Pacific Island nation, is leading the formation of the Pacific Oceanscape — an action plan for marine conservation that impacts almost 40 million square kilometers (more than 15 million square miles), a territory larger than Canada, the United States and Mexico combined.
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NATURE
Fred Kaufman, Producer
50 minutes
* New York Premiere
For decades, Cuba’s wild landscapes lay untouched while its neighbors destroyed their ecological riches. Now, Cuba’s priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the US trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba’s stunning biodiversity – an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region?
This film features Dr. David E. Guggenheim, Director of the Cuba Conservancy and President of the Ocean Doctor
TN-12-3 TURTLE~1 Sending the Gungu Home

9 minutes
WWF-Australia
* World Premeire
World Wildlife Fund-Australia has joined forces with the Queensland community to help saveAustralia’s beloved marine turtles living in the Great Barrier Reef. Some are starving to death with the disappearance of feeding areas, while a virus called “fibropapilloma” is causing lesions and tumors. Sadly, little is known about marine turtles, which is why researchers and local groups are racing against time to find out more about what is going on. Townsville’s Turtle Hospital Reef HQ is also trying to rehabilitate sick turtles, so this story is also about the joy that is felt, when a turtle recovers and is sent home.
TN-12-4 274182774_3a95e990c3 Disaster at Nightingale

Ocean Doctor Production
Dr. David Guggenheim
25 minutes
* World Premeire

“Disater at Nightingale: How Tragedy Found the World’s Remotest Island” – While on an expedition in the South Atlantic from the tip of South America to the tip of South Africa, marine scientist Dr. David E. Guggenheim witnessed and filmed the worst environmental disaster of his life. a Maltese freighter ran aground at Nightingale Island that has the second largest concentration of seabirds in the world, home to 65 percent of the world’s population of the endangered Northern Rockhopper penguin.

Beloved and iconic, it is a surpirse to many that most penguin species are in trouble and have declined by as much as 90 percent since the 1950′s. This film is a about an ecological catastrophe that few know has occurred, in a place that few know exists, resulting from a global threat that fewer are aware of.

* Q & A with Dr. David E. Guggenheim

SERIES 13 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-Boots on the Ground Boots on the Ground

Matt Bracken & Rohan Nel, Producers
30 miuntes
Country: South Africa
* World Premiere
Rhinos are being slaughtered in South Africa for their horns at a rate of three per day. Two years ago Matt Bracken became the first American to graduate from Protrack Anti Poaching Ranger Training in South Africa and has since dedicated his life to saving rhinos from extinction in the wild. Boots on the Ground is the story of the anti poaching rangers in the bush risking their lives every day and night protecting the rhinos. Experience the blood, sweat, and tears of four anti-poaching rangers through their training and patrol in the South African bush as they sacrifice the comforts of home to save the worlds last rhinos.
TN-13-2 Elephants2-dl_jpg_610x343_crop_upscale_q85 Great Migrations: Rhythm of Life

David Hamlin, Producer
National Geographic Television
50 minutes
World Premeire
“Great Migrations: Rhythm of Life” is an unprecedented National Geographic Film. This film is a unique presentation of the very best footage and  spectacular orchestral score of NatGeo’s Great Migrations Television  Event.  The cinematography and soundtrack both received Emmy Awards for this landmark series.The film brings together images from around the world, filmed  over 3 years, resulting in a completely unique, narration-free, musical  journey around the globe. Great Migrations: Rhythm of Life is a  breathtaking ride on the tailwinds of billions of creatures marching,  swimming and flying across the planet on death-defying journeys.
* Q & A with Matt Bracken, David Hamlin & Jared Lipworth
SERIES 14 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-14-1 1139314500 Zolushka, Siberian tiger release in Russia

IFAW
6 minutes
* World Premiere
Meet Zolushka the luckiest tiger in the world. This orphaned Siberian tigress was left to fend for herself when she was only a few months old – her mother likely killed by poachers. Less than 400 of these rare creatures exist in the wild – the survival of the species literally hangs in the balance with each individual animal. IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare worked with partners in far east Russia to rescue and rehabilitate this amazing animal. Watch as this incredibly rare tiger is released and returned to its wild habitat. For more info, visit: http://ifaw.org
TN-14-2 3328550-TSAVO_Tsavo_National_Park_East Tsavo: Preserve and Protect

EarthViews Productions and IFAW
8 minutes
* New York Premiere
Tsavo, located in Kenya, is one of the most beautiful wildlife parks in all of Africa. And yet, in spite of its “Park” status, poachers are taking wildlife in increasing numbers and jeopardizing the health of all wildlife. International Fund for Animal Welfare is working with the Kenya government to raise funds to step up and arm poacher patrols to effectively remove the threat these animals are under.
TN-14-3 Articles-virginia-mckenna-obe-on-how-travel-and-conservation-shaped-her-world Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story

NATURE
Fred Kaufman, Executive Producer
55 minutes
The dramatic telling of Joy and George Adamson becoming surrogate parents to orphaned lion cub Elsa, and her eventual release back into the wild, sold millions of copies. The successful film based on the book won two Academy Awards. Virginia McKenna and her husband, Bill Travers, portrayed the Adamsons in the 1966 film, and McKenna received a Golden Globe nomination.In “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story”, Nature” goes behind the scenes of “Born Free” to examine the landmark story. The documentary takes viewers through challenges in making “Born Free” and the real-life drama of the Adamsons as pioneering conservationists. “Nature” revisited the people featured in the movie, including McKenna. Illuminated by George Adamson’s journal entries, archival home movies and conversations with the Adamsons’ close confidants, the film reveals shifting attitudes about conservation and their impact on lions in Africa.But behind all the bright lights and public success lies the actual day-to-day story of the Adamsons’ life with Elsa. Diaries, home movies and detailed records reveal the real difficulties faced by the Adamsons as they began and continued their pioneering work with lions despite changing perceptions of their work and the increasing dangers around them. Recollections of Virginia McKenna and others who knew and worked with the Adamsons reshape the story told fifty three years ago, retelling it as it really happened, and with no fairy tale ending. But Elsa’s legacy lives on as a touchstone for all who would speak for and work to support the freedom and welfare of wild animals everywhere.
** Q & A with Virginia McKenna,
Founder, Born Free Foundation andBAFTA and Olivier Award Winning Actress.
SERIES 15 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm PURCHASE TICKETS
TN-Rhino-Hero-Index Rhinoceroses: The Curse of the Magic Horn

Explora Films
52 minutes
Country: Spain
* World Premiere
Through three different stories we will get to know the variety, habits and threats of all species of rhinoceroses that still live on the planet. We will meet a young black rhino chosen to repopulate a territory in Kenya where poachers have made its entire species disappear. In India, a rhino is facing a more limited world day by day, sharing their habitat with elephants and tigers. Finally, we get deep in the jungles of Borneo to follow the traces of the most scarce and elusive of all, a Sumatran rhino, desperately seeking a mate in the jungle where those animals are becoming a yearning memory. In this documentary we will know the five living species of rhinos that still inhabit the planet: the White, the Black, the Indian, Javan and Sumatran rhinoceroses.
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Conservation International
John Martin, Rebecca Filed, Sebastian Perry and Peter Stonier, Producers
8 minutes
* New York Premiere
At 2,640 meters, Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, is home to more than eight million people who depend on the surrounding mountains for their water. Here one finds the páramos, a stunning landscape that’s part of a natural machine that has sustained Bogotá for centuries. This ecosystem is now threatened by mining, ranching, and large-scale agriculture, and millions could suffer if it is not conserved.
TN-15-3 436779759_640 Field Spotlight: Nan Hauser: Marine Adventurer/Whale Defender

Conservation International
John Martin, Rebecca Filed, Sebastian Perry and Peter Stonier, Producers
6 minutes
* World Premiere
“I’ve slid down the backs of whales, I’ve had whales ram my boat” — Nan Hauser is a marine biologist and Conservation International Marine Fellow who studies whales and dolphins. She’s gotten extraordinary footage of whales doing everything from breaching her dinghy to playing with dolphins in the high seas — some of which you can see in this video.Nan studies whales to save them. She helped create a whale sanctuary larger than Western Europe in the Cook Islands, where she’s worked for the past twenty years. Now she’s partnering with CI to develop the Cook Islands Marine Park — bigger than Alaska, it is one of the largest protected areas on earth. Discover how through love, devotion, and shear force of personality Nan has been making a massive difference, using her research to to keep the oceans blue.
DANGER-ON-THE-LEAF-SILK-AND-SHINY-BLUE-POISON-FROG Corcovado’s Dark Secret

Danielle Ryan, Producer
25 minutes
* World Premeire
Journey inside of the world’s most well-known ecostourist destinations, and discover a dark secret about Costa Rica’s vibrant wilderness: poachers are plundering the jungle’s natural resources. This documentary is the first investigative look into the heart of the Osa Penisula where the park rangers are bravely risking their lives to protect a unique paradise, the Corcovado Natonal Park. It is a place where one Canadian conservationist, an ally of the rangers has already lost her life in the fight to save the animals. This dark journey ends with a message of hope, that this community will one day find peace.
* Q & A with Danielle Ryan
** Q & A with Dr. Susie Ellis, Executive Director of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF)
* Films and Speakers are subject to change without notice prior to and or during the film festival. Unless specifically stated, the views expressed in these films are not necessarily the opinions or policies of the Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals (WCFF).