IWFF 2016

What’s Happening in the Wild – April 21, 2016

Seed: The Untold Story

Join the filmmakers for a special screening tonight at 7:00pm

Join filmmakers Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, creators of Real Dirt On Farmer John & Queen Of The Sun as they present their brand new film that investigates the dramatic story of seeds, the basis of life on earth. For 12,000 years man has been cultivating seeds and building empires. Now, in the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have been lost. As many irreplaceable seeds are nearing extinction, high-tech industrial seed companies control the majority of the world’s remaining seeds. SEED unveils a David and Goliath battle for the freedom of our most treasured resource.  Q&A following the film with Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz.

Showing Today

5:00 pm: I am Morgan – Stolen Freedom & The Dark Side of the Ocean
5:15 pm: Sun Bear & Battle of the Booming Ground
7:00 pm: SEED: The Untold Story

I am Morgan – Stolen Freedom
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the world from an orca’s point of view? Find out in 4 compelling minutes in this short film by independent directors.Buy Tickets

The Dark Side of the Ocean
Marine biologist and cameraman Rick Rosenthal has been filming in the ocean for decades. But one spectacle has eluded him and every other filmmaker until now – the amazing “great vertical migration”, when billions of animals rise from the depths to the ocean’s surface. Yet this extraordinary event happens every night, in every ocean. Now for the first time, Rick Rosenthal will capture it on camera. But to do so, he must risk the dangers and face the challenges of filming in the open ocean, in the dark. When he succeeds, Rick unlocks the secrets of a bizarre and alien world – a world driven by survival to remain forever in the oceans’ shadows. Buy Tickets

Sun Bear
Sun Bear imaginatively embodies the life of a sun bear and discusses the issues of poaching and habitat loss in Borneo from the bear’s perspective. Buy Tickets

Battle of the Booming Grounds
The center of the North American continent was once a vast sea of grasses. The eastern edge of the Great Plains evolved a rich diversity including it’s signature species the Greater Prairie Chicken. Set in legend, decimated through settlement history, this birds true importance within this complex ecological community was finally recognized by scientists, its fate now lies solely within our hands. What secret keys do the grasses and this symbolic bird hold to the fate of humanity? This film is proudly sponsored by Shady Spruce Hostel. Buy Tickets

Seed the Untold Story
In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Buy Tickets

What’s Happening in the Wild – April 20, 2016

El Nino: An Ocean Mystery

Free event tonight at the UC Theater, 7:00pm!

International Wildlife Film Festival and the Office of the President of The University of Montana are pleased to welcome renowned Wildlife Cinematographer and Marine Biologist Rick Rosenthal for a special presentation entitled El Nino: An Ocean Mystery. The multi-media event will explore the impact of El Nino on ocean life and climate. Rosenthal will present images and film clips from his films and his extensive archive.

Trained as a Wildlife Biologist, underwater camerawork played an essential part in his marine research. Aiming to share his observations with the wider world, Rick turned to filmmaking and television. He has since gone on to film some of most challenging wildlife subjects on our planet in over 35 films. Among them are three award-winning programs on the great whales, Riddle of the Right Whale,Humpback Whales and Sperm Whales Back From the Abyss shot for the British television network, BBC.

Showing Today

5:00 pm: Red Wolf Revival & The Forgotten Coast
5:15 pm: Soul of the Elephant & Gardeners of the Forest
7:00 pm at the UC Theater: El Nino: An Ocean Mystery

Red Wolf Revival
Short film about the last remaining wild population of red wolves. Centered on the historic recovery effort in Eastern North Carolina and the state’s declared intent to drive the species to extinction, we document the multifaceted struggle to reintroduce one of the rarest animals on earth in the face of cultural, economic, and biological challenges in North Carolina. Buy Tickets

The Forgotten Coast
Following in the footsteps of a wandering Florida black bear, three friends leave civilization and become immersed in a vast and unexplored wildlife corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border. The rugged thousand-mile journey by foot, paddle, and bike traverses Florida’s “Forgotten Coast” – a wilderness that has the potential to transform the way we see the natural world. Buy Tickets

Soul of the Elephant
Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas. This film, shot over two years, is an intimate look at elephants through the lens of perhaps the greatest storytellers of natural history.Buy Tickets

Gardeners of the Forest
For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants but, as of 2016, there are fewer than 600 elephants left in the wild. Buy Tickets

El Nino: An Ocean Mystery
International Wildlife Film Festival and the Office of the President of The University of Montana are pleased to welcome renowned Wildlife Cinematographer and Marine Biologist Rick Rosenthal for a special presentation entitled El Nino: An Ocean Mystery. The multi-media event will explore the impact of El Nino on ocean life and climate. Rosenthal will present images and film clips from his films and his extensive archive. This is a free event. Seat reservations are not available.

What’s Happening in the Wild – April 19, 2016

All The Things Climate Can’t Change

Join us for a very special screening of the recent Sundance Film Festival hit How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change.  The new film from Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?  Director Josh Fox  and Producer Deia Schlosberg will host a virtual Q&A following the film.

Showing Today

4:30 pm: Ostrich – A Life on the Run & Animal Homes
5:00 pm: Yosemite & Unnatural Enemies
7:00 pm: How to Let Go of the World: and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

Ostrich – A Life on the Run
The ostriches of Namibia face an enormous annual challenge: choosing exactly the right moment to breed. The birds must ensure that their clutches hatch around the time of the rains. If the timing is wrong, food will be scarce – and the chicks will die. If it’s right, then a new generation will get the chance of a life on the run.

Animal Homes
Animals, like humans, need a place they can call home to provide a safe and stable place to raise a family, whether it’s a bird nest, a bear den, a beaver lodge or spider web. This three-part series features a blend of animation and signature “architectural blueprints” that highlight engineering principles inside the structures and demonstrate just how animals around the globe build their remarkable homes. Ecologist Chris Morgan (Siberian Tiger Quest, Bears of the Last Frontier) serves as our guide to the materials, locations, neighborhoods, and aesthetics of these animal homes, as well as the intriguing behaviors and social interactions that take place in and around them.

Yosemite National Park is a place of superlatives. Where else can you find sheer granite cliffs 900 meters high and giant sequoias well over 1000 years old? Beneath these towering heights live animals that make Yosemite their home: from bobcats, to black bears, to coyotes and golden eagles. Follow Yosemite’s inhabitants throughout the seasons, in a unique portrait of this legendary park.

Unnatural Enemies: The War on Wolves
An exposé on Alberta’s inhumane slaughter of wolves – shooting from helicopters, snare traps, and strychnine poisoning. Sometimes it takes wolves days to die, in pain. Not only is it cruel, it doesn’t work.

How to Let Go of the World: and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
Documentarian Josh Fox (“Gasland”) travels the globe to meet with global climate change “warriors” who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny and tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants.

What’s Happening in the Wild – April 18, 2016

Explore the Oceans & The Arctic

Catch several great films tonight at IWFF!

Showing Today

5:00 pm: Ocean Stories: The Halls, Deep Ocean & Ocean Stories: Greg Stone
5:15 pm: The Pursuit of Hippo-ness & Africa’s Albertine Rift
7:30 pm: The Messenger
7:45 pm: Jumbo Wild & Polar Bear Summer

Ocean Stories: The Halls
Howard and Michele Hall have made a life of diving into the unknown in search of fascinating marine subjects for their IMAX films. This film takes us beneath the waves and into the alien world of the deep where the Hall’s capture unique animal behaviors seldom seen and rarely recorded. It is the story of how the Hall’s found love beneath the sea, and how they use their films as a call to action to save it. Buy Tickets

Deep Ocean
The island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean sits on the equator, where immediately next to a richly-colored coral reef, a sharp underwater cliff drops down to 1,000 meters. A long-awaited exploration down the little known depths of this tropical sea is finally about to start. Buy Tickets

Ocean Stories:  Greg Stone
Renown marine biologist, explorer and conservationist, Dr. Greg Stone, recounts his youth of treasure hunting and deep-sea exploration and takes the viewer on an overview of the challenges the ocean and our species faces today. An optimist at heart, Stone believes we have the knowledge and skills to stem the growing tide of destruction, but warns that the time to act is now. Buy Tickets

The Persuit of Hippo-ness
Best described as a postmodern nature film, culture and conservation collide in this documentary about humans and hippos. Featuring an ensemble of people whose lives are tied to the hippopotamus in some manner, the film explores their relationships with the animal and with each other, while raising larger questions about how we conceptualize, represent, and interact with nature. Buy Tickets

Life Force 2: Africa’s Albertine Rift
The Albertine Rift covers just one percent of the Africa’s area, but contains more species of vertebrate animal than anywhere else on the continent. The Rift split our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, into two contrasting species, and may even hold the secrets of why our ancestors evolved to walk on two legs. Buy Tickets

The Messenger
An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves. Buy Tickets

Jumbo Wild
Patagonia presents an hour-long documentary by Sweetgrass Productions depicting all sides of an epic struggle between backcountry protection and development in British Columbia’s iconic Jumbo Valley – highlighting the tension between protection of wilderness and the backcountry experience and ever-increasing development interests in wild places. Buy Tickets

Polar Bear Summer
Polar bears are the monarchs of the Arctic. They are adapted to life on ice and snow. Yet there is one place where they are marooned on land for several months every summer. How do they survive in an environment that is foreign to them? In a warming world, can their fate here give us hope for the species in general? Buy Tickets

What’s Happening in the Wild – April 17. 2016


Are you ready to WildWalk?

The parade kicks off at noon and leads right to WildFest in Caras Park from 12:30pm-3:00pm!

The ever-popular parade and festival is back! Dance, crawl, swing and slither through downtown Missoula as our wildlife parade roars down Higgins Street, ending at Caras Park for WildFest! Lineup at AT 11:30AM at the Big Red XXX’s (100 Railroad St W). Parade kicks off at noon.

WildFest 2016: Sunday, April 17th, 12:30-3pm, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Enjoy live entertainment, face painting and concessions with your fellow wild animal revelers – plus a fun fun fun FREE concert with The Salamanders.

Showing Today

3:00 pm: Giraffe & The Arid Namib
3:15 pm: Wild Sri Lanka Lakes & Islands of Creation
5:15 pm: Daughters of the Forest & Great Auk
5:30 pm: Think Like A Scientist: Gorongosa & Brothers in Blood
7:00 pm: The Bee Hunter & Death is Life
7:15 pm: Indian Point

Long legs, tall neck, wide eyes – giraffes are the beauties of the African savannah. But there is so much more to these gentle giants: their exceptional body, their distinctive behaviour, their secret social life. So far, giraffes have barely been more than decorative extras in wildlife films, towering over the savannah. Our production takes a fresh look at these tallest animals of all, revealing brand new details about the secret lives of this true African icon. We present giraffes in the savannah of Kenya, in the South African grassland as well as in the desert of Namibia. The visual style is very different to the usual approach: amazing camera perspectives, a fresh way of framing and stunning points of view, together with spectacular, never before seen material will add up to a comprehensive and entertaining portrait of Nature’s High Society.  Buy Tickets

Life Force 2: The Arid Namib
The Albertine Rift covers just one percent of the Africa’s area, but contains more species of vertebrate animal than anywhere else on the continent. The Rift split our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, into two contrasting species, and may even hold the secrets of why our ancestors evolved to walk on two legs. Buy Tickets

Wild Sri Lanka- Land of Lakes
The plains of Sri Lanka offer a wildlife spectacle to rival Africa’s Serengeti. The landscape may seem timeless, but everything is in a state of constant change. Life on the plains is dominated by Sri Lanka’s extraordinary climate. Situated at the point where two tropical oceans meet, it is deluged by two separate monsoons each year. It’s a climate that every living thing must adapt to, by changing, by migrating – and sometimes by forming the most unlikely alliances with each other, and also with man.Buy Tickets

Islands of Creation
In the jungles of a remote archipelago in the South Pacific, a biologist is attempting to do something Charles Darwin and Ernst Mayr never accomplished: catch evolution in the act of creating new species. Albert Uy is on the verge of an amazing discovery in the Solomon Islands, but there’s a threat looming on the horizon. The islands’ resources are being exploited, putting all local wildlife at risk. It’s a race against time to gather the evidence necessary to prove the existence of a new species before it’s lost forever. Buy Tickets

Daughters of the Forest
Daughters of the Forest tells the intimate, powerful story of a small group of girls in one of the most remote forests left on earth who are transformed by attending a radical high school where they learn to protect the threatened forest and build a better future for themselves. Buy Tickets

The Legend of the Great Auk 
An animated story evoking the feeling of an indigenous peoples story, The Legend of the Great Auk educates viewers about the history of an extinct penguin-like seabird. A “conversation” between a curious common murre chick and his Great Auk ancestor identifies the hazards faced by these birds in the past, present and future. Buy Tickets

Think Like A Scientist: Gorongosa
In the 1960’s Gorongosa National Park was one the best national parks in all of Africa. It’s slogan was, “Where Noah Left the Arch.” But, 30 years of war in Mozambique (first a war with Portugal for independence and the a 15-year civil war) devastated the park. Gorongosa was at the epicenter of the conflict and 95% of it’s wildlife were killed to feed the soldiers or poached for ivory to purchase more weapons. The war is over and a group of scientists, conservationists and Mozambicans are bringing back the park. Buy Tickets

Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand
The shocking tale of South Africa’s legendary Mapogo lion coalition and their violent struggle for power: told by the eyewitnesses themselves. Buy Tickets

The Bee Hunter
Driving across Portland, OR with approximately 10,000+ honeybees in her truck at sunset, Wisteria knows she has done it again. We ride shotgun as Wisteria captures her biggest swarm yet, showing us just how unique and personal the process is.Buy Tickets

Death is Life
MUERTE ES VIDA is documentary about the connection between death and nature. The film’s central Mexican character, Sabino, believes the millions of Monarch butterflies that arrive every year are the souls of departed family coming back to visit as they arrive in time for Day of the Dead after an epic journey from Canada and the Northern United States. On their migration south they have touched people at their darkest hour of losing a loved one. We meet seven people, from Canada to Mexico, and see how each have dealt with their loss. This film is an honest and human view of loss and shows how Mexican culture deals with death. Buy Tickets

Indian Point
Indian Point looks at nuclear power by going inside the core activities at an aging nuclear plant and posing the simple question: is this safe? Buy Tickets

What’s Happening in the Wild – April 16, 2016

IWFF 39 is here!

The longest running wildlife film festival is back at The Roxy Theater in Missoula, MT all week and it all begins tonight with several great films!

Yellowstone & Moose : A Year in the Life of a Twig Eater (5pm)

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Few places are as special and unique as Yellowstone National Park – America’s first national park. A wilderness jewel of vast forests and wide-open valleys, home to large bison herds, wolf packs and grizzly bears. It sits atop one of the world’s largest active super volcanoes, giving rise to such iconic geothermal features as Old Faithful Geyser and Grand Prismatic Spring. As part of the landmark wildlife series AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS, “Yellowstone” was filmed over three years by award-winning filmmakers Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenberg. Using the latest in cinematographic techniques, this film showcases Yellowstone’s extraordinary wildlife and spectacular landscapes like never before!

Moose: A Year in the Life of a Twig Eater

This stunningly intimate nature documentary takes viewers deep inside the world of moose to experience a calf’s first year of life up close and personal.

Racing Extinction & Power of Nature: Wolves (7:30pm)

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A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction. Plus the short film, Power of Nature: Wolves.

PrintGet Ready to Wildwalk!

Sunday, April 17 at Noon
The ever-popular parade and festival is back! Dance, crawl, swing and slither through downtown Missoula as our wildlife parade roars down Higgins Street, ending at Caras Park for WildFest (12:30-3pm).

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Enjoy live entertainment, face painting and concessions with your fellow wild animal revelers – plus a fun fun fun FREE concert with The Salamanders.