What’s Happening in the Wild – Thursday, April 17

Special Event!

Science Is Fiction: 8 Underwater Films by Jean Painlevé

8 pm, Special Admission $10, Free with Festival Pass

One of the first filmmakers to descend underwater with a movie camera, French avant-garde filmmaker Jean Painlevé created hypnotic and surreal films that capture the beauty and weirdness of life undersea. His evocative images are taken to a new level of dreaminess by NextDoorPrisonHotel (The Roxy’s resident silent film duo, John Sporman & Travis Yost) who will perform their original score to eight of Painlevé’s rarely seen films.

Hyas and Stenorhynchus (Hyas et stenorinques) 1927, 13 min.
Sea Urchins (Les Oursins) 1954, 11 min.
How Some Jellyfish Are Born (Comment naissent des Méduses) 1960, 14 min.
Liquid Crystals, (Cristaux liquides) 1978, 6 min.
The Sea Horse (L’ Hippocampe) 1933, 13 min.
The Love Life of the Octopus (Amours de la pieuvre) 1967, 13 min.
Shrimp Stories, (La Crevette), 1963, 13 min.
Acera or the Witches’ Dance, 1972, 12 min.

Presented by special arrangement with Les Documents Cinématographiques
Sponsored by The Montana Film Office

Showing Today

3:30 pm: Wild Thailand and A Day in the Life of Lolita
5:00 pm: Game of Lions and The Mating Game
5:30 pm: Ocean Odyssey
8:00 pm: SPECIAL FEATURE: Science is Fiction: 8 Underwater Films by Jean Painlevé  with live accompaniment by NextDoorPrisonHotel 


Artists as Activists Roundtable – Filmmakers and Media-makers discuss the role of advocacy in creative work. Featured participants include M. Sanjayan, Feodor Pitcarin, Deia Schlosberg, Dave Mizejewski, Rob Whitehair and Gianna Savoie. 9:00 – 11:00 am at The Downtown Dance Collective, 121 West Main Street.
Works in Progress – Filmmakers screen scenes from developing projects and receive feedback from a panel of industry professionals.  12:30 – 3:00 pm
New Frontiers and Social Media – How are social media platforms changing distribution and exhibition? How do you make content go viral? What’s on the horizon for filmmakers & broadcasters? Panelists include Susannah Smith, Roshan Patel, Pam Voth and Steve Bumgardner 3:30 – 5:00 pm
After Party sponsored by the Montana Film Office – Le Petit Outre, 129 South 4th Street, West. 9:00 pm

Check out a PDF of our Program Booklet


About the Films

Wild Thailand


Kanit Prukprakarn and Peter Ringgaard, 50min.

Thailand is a land of incredible beauty with more than 50% protected national parks accounting for nearly 10 % of the country’s surface, but its stunning array of wildlife is forgotten and rarely seen. In this 2 part episodes we follow the courtship and mating rituals of the Great-horn-bills. Elephants digging strange holes in search of life giving salt. Sam-bar deers fighting for dominance. Pheasant tailed, polyandrous birds mating and giving birth to chicks. Macaques, playing and fighting in the rain forest. The long tailed deer, living in the hostile environment of the northern mountains. A black bear, dancing, digging and scratching. The vampire castle, filled with waterfall climbing cave-fish, like ghosts, aliens on earth. Birds creating a symphony, designing and building complicated, individual constructions.

A Day in the Life of Lolita the Performing Orca

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Daniel Azarian, USA, 9 min.

World-renowned orca biologist Dr Ingrid N. Visser visits Lolita, a killer whale that has been captive in Miami, Florida for the past forty-three years. This short documents Dr Visser’s visit as well as her thoughts and scientific observations concerning Lolita’s current living conditions.

Game of Lions    


Beverly and Dereck Joubert, 2014, South Africa   48 min

Only one out of eight lions survive into adulthood. Their fate has always been a mystery that has stumped conservationists and scientists for years. Game of Lions is a film about the hidden lives of these surviving males before they become kings. This is a game of kings, as each bloodline fights for its ultimate survival and right to win a pride. Those that do not survive are the noble offspring that fate or natural selection simply determined would be dead ends in their particular family tree. Each survivor however, is the result of hard battles against hunger, attack by older males, run-ins with different nomads all trying to win the ultimate prize: life.

The Mating Game


UK, 2013, 55 min.

David Attenborough narrates the charming and fascinating story of some real-life animal romantics. There are show-offs and singers, dancers and fighters, stories of undercover affairs and heart-warming devotion. These include a male polar bear that plays hard to get, a lemur whose odor bags him a mate, and a lizard who is tender and faithful to the very end. It reveals that animals can be loving, complex, funny and inventive – it is all part of the mating game.

Ocean Odyssey


Fedore Pitcairn, 57 min.

Commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, OCEAN ODYSSEY takes viewers on an undersea journey to remote and magical places. Follow Feodor Pitcairn, a pioneer in underwater HD cinematography, as he explores the marine ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands, Rajah Ampat in Indonesia, the Maldives, the Azores, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Channel Islands, British Columbia, the Gulf of Mexico, French Polynesia and Belize. Filmed in high definition, with commentary by Feodor Pitcairn and fellow cinematographer Bob Cranston, OCEAN ODYSSEY is a stunning film that reveals some of the most amazing underwater footage ever seen and offers reflections by two of the most prominent cinematographers at work today.

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