Wild Films ~ 3 IWFF Award-Winning Shorts
Three extraordinary short films take an intimate look at endangered species in India, California and Mauritius.
WINNER! 2014 IWFF Best of Festival, Short Film
A film by Roshan Patel/14 min.
Pride explores the cultural relationship between residents of Gujarat, India, and the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions in the world. With fewer than 50 lions living in the wild at the turn of the 20th century, rural communities started working with the government to create a haven for this top predator and are successfully securing this animal’s place in the ecosystem.
WINNER! 2014 IWFF Best Cinematography
A film by Spencer Creigh/22 min.
Just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles lies Santa Catalina Island. Home to over 25 endemic plant and animal species, Catalina is the last bastion of true wildland in Southern California. Catalina Island’ explores the unique ecology and conservation
strategies taking place on the island as told through the eyes of the island’s most
iconic species: the American Bison, the Catalina Island Grey Fox, and the Bald Eagle.
Invasion of the Giant Tortoise
A film by Theo Lipfert/27 min.
Invasion of the Giant Tortoises explores the controversial introduction of a nonnative
species to the African island of Mauritius. Once home to the dodo, Mauritius was teeming with giant tortoises until the arrival of man. The introduction of predators and habitat loss doomed these majestic creatures to extinction. Now biologists have embarked on a radical plan: to replace the extinct Mauritian tortoise with a close relative: the giant tortoise from Aldabra, a deserted atoll near the Seychelles. How will the island’s ecosystem respond? And how do the results of this experiment change how we thing about biodiversity?
WILD FILMS AT THE LIBRARY is a free series of award-winning international wildlife films selected from the International Wildlife Film Festival. The International Wildlife Film Festival was established in 1977 in Missoula, Montana with a mission to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media.