What’s Happening in the Wild – Monday. April 20th
5:00 pm: Wild Australia & The Greater Caucasus
5:15 pm: Consider the Ant, The Wild Wet, & Hallowed Isles
7:00 pm: Leopards: 21st Century Cats & Silencing the Thunder
7:15 pm: Salmo Trutta Lacustris & Rivers and Tides
IWFF Registration at The Roxy- 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Filmmaker’s Welcome Party – 6:00 pm
Consider the Ant
Emily Fraser, 11 minutes, 2014
Abandon all hope ye who enter here? A personal search for ethics in the post-modern wilds of an overpopulated planet – where Catholic guilt, environmental destruction, and the fascinating lives of ants collide. Featuring Paul Ehrlich, the world’s leading expert on overpopulation, this kaleidoscopic journey of science and spirituality asks us, as individuals and as a species, “who are we?” and “who do we want to be?”
The Greater Caucasus
Henry M. Mix, 48 minutes, 2014
The last mountain bison, Caucasian ibexes, craggy peaks and extreme weather fluctuations – an impressive nature documentary was filmed in the immediate hinterland of Sochi, venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
James Reardon & Luke Padgett, 50 minutes, 2014
Small chains of weatherbeaten islands lie alone in the cold South Pacific. The Chatham Archipelago has been discovered by many kinds of explorers. Here, every creature is the descendant of some original pioneer who traversed the wide ocean. Humans and animals must all adapt in their own ways. But what does it take to become native? This film searches for the connection between creatures born for exploration and the ultimate journey to find home.
Leopards: 21st Century Cats
Steve Gooder, 60 minutes, 2013
Against a backdrop of escalating and often deadly human-leopard conflict across India, conservationist Rom Whitaker sets out to uncover the fascinating truth behind the gory headlines.
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time
|| Artists on Nature Series ||
Thomas Riedelsheimer, 1h 32m, 2002
Andy Goldsworthy’s art is supposed to fall apart. He creates large-scale outdoor sculptures and artworks out of natural materials like mud, wood, ice and stone in an attempt to imbue the physical world with a spiritual, ephemeral element. Director Thomas Riedelsheimer follows Goldsworthy as he constructs his art everywhere from upstate New York to his home village in Scotland, and questions the solitary artist about his inspirations, frustrations and artistic goals.
Salmo Trutta Lacustris
Daniel Göz, 12 minutes, 2014
Each fall the rare and highly endangered European lake trout (Salmo trutta lacustris) embarks on a strenuous journey upstream to mate in small Alpine streams. Guided by extraordinary senses in order to return to their place of birth the last of their kind follow a complex spawning ritual in this harsh mountain environment to reproduce successfully.
Silencing the Thunder
Eddie Roqueta, 27 minutes, 2014
When temperatures drop in Montana, wild bison migrate to lower elevations outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. But once outside, they run the risk of being killed because some carry a chronic disease called brucellosis that ranchers fear could spread to cattle. Silencing the Thunder presents the obstacles ranchers face, as well as the side of those trying to protect one of America’s most iconic animals.
Wild Australia: Desert of the Red Kangaroo
Thoralf Grospitz & Jens Westphalen, 48 minutes, 2014
Their kingdom is the desert: in the heart of Australia lives the largest marsupial on earth, the red kangaroo – a true master of adaption in a world full of natural wonders and extremes.
The Wild Wet
Joshua Mayo & Moritz Katz, 25 minutes, 2014
The planet’s most ancient rainforest is dark, damp and dangerous – a difficult place to survive! Come on a journey to the far north eastern corner of Australia where the descendants of dinosaurs still roam.