Matinee Selections

Morning Screening Films

Morning Screening Films (elementary school audience):

  • Spiny Forest of Madagascar (4min) Director Dustin Trayer

Rich with diversity, Madagascar’s spiny forest is home to accent trees and highly specialized flora and fauna. From thick padded lemurs to camouflaging chameleons, this habitat is teeming with life. Join us on an adventure to Africa’s island paradise and learn more about the plants and animals that call the spiny forest their home.

  • The Path Back (5min) Director Neil Losin

    Buffalo at the Badlands National Park, South Dakota

    For thousands of years, the buffalo or plains bison (Bison bison) sustained the many native tribes that inhabited the Great Plains region of North America. But when Europeans arrived in the area, they nearly exterminated the buffalo and an indigenous way of life. In recent years, however, the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana’s Fort Peck Reservation have joined with other tribal groups throughout the region to bring buffalo back to their ancestral lands and into their lives.

  • Day in the Wildlife: Nature Photographer (4min)  Director Dustin Trayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Day in the Wildlife is a short documentary series highlighting a day in the life of an individual that works with wildlife. In this episode we follow a day in the life of legendary nature photographer Thomas Mangelsen as he photographs Grizzly Bears in Grand Teton National Park.

  • Children of the Sun – Wild bees (50min) Director Jan Haft                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is an incredible diversity of bees, ranging over 560 different species. Fascinating fights, sensational performances, imposing structures, and colorful individuals – the world of wild bees offers all of this and more.

  • Hotel Armadillo (55) Director Nigel Pope                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

In the heart of the Brazilian Pantanal lives an animal so elusive, few have ever seen it in the wild. Solitary, nocturnal and incredibly rare, it is the giant armadillo. David Attenborough narrates the story of scientist Arnaud Desbiez, whose pioneering work is uncovering extraordinary behavior and revealing the vital role of giant armadillo burrows to the Pantanal ecosystem. Welcome to Hotel Armadillo.



Afternoon Screening Films

(middle school and up)

Afternoon Screening Films (middle school and up):

  • Sky Migrations (16min) Directors Charles Post, Forrest Woodward and Max Lowe                                                                                                                                                                                     

Each fall our skies fill with the wings of raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.

  • Water from the Mountain (16min) Directors Jeremy Monroe and David Herasimtschuk                                                                                                                                                                  Follow the path of water from the rainforests of Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest to the Coastal communities that rely on fresh water… and discover one of the world’s most amazing water treatment (eco)systems.

  • Spy in the Wild (52min) Directors John Downer                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

In the most innovative series that NATURE has ever presented, SPY IN THE WILD employs over 30 animatronic cameras disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild.  These “spy cameras” reveal animals as having emotions and behavior similar to humans – specifically, a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, cooperate, and invent. Featured spy creatures include a spy hippo, spy cobra, spy sloth, spy orangutan, spy bushbaby, spy warthog, and many more.  The robotic look-alikes infiltrate the natural world to film surprising behavior among wildlife from around the globe.

All Ages Films:

All Ages Films (both screening times):

  • Ocean Aliens (6min) Director Mike Johnson

OCEANIC ALIENS is an internationally award-winning short documentary that explores one aspect of how little we truly know about Planet Earth. This film illustrates just one example of a little-known class of marine species and their amazing attributes.

  • Mexican Fishing Bats (6min) Director Edward M. Roqueta                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

In the Sea of Cortez, researchers delve into the mystery of a bat that inexplicably makes its living at sea. Watch PhD candidate Edward Hume and his team in action, as they untangle the mystery of how these endangered bats find their prey.

  • Protectors of the Penguins (5min) Director Jessie Ayles

They’re black and white and full of charm, but African penguins need more than charisma to avoid extinction. Near Stoney Point on South Africa’s Western Cape, a dedicated group of people isn’t giving up on the penguin just yet. Day after day, Cuan McGeorge and his colleagues monitor the breeding colony for injured birds. Every bird they successfully save bolsters the species’ potential for the future.

  • Mystery of the Gnaraloo Sea Turtles (24min) Director Dof Dickinson                                                                                                                                                                                                             

In remote Western Australia, scientists attached satellite trackers on the backs of ten females for the first time to plot their top-secret routes. The results – and the amazing cinematography – will astound you! Dive in and learn about life after the nesting beaches. All proceeds go towards the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation.

  • Islands in Time; Born of Fire (50min) Matt Hamilton                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is the story of how the violent power of the Earth has created a realm of unparalleled biodiversity and beauty. Southeast Asia’s islands are an extraordinary world of tree climbing kangaroos and boxing pigs, where birds hatch from the ash of erupting volcanoes. The region’s biological richness is the result of a violent collision between two different worlds, millions of years in the making.