Matinee Selections

Morning Screening Films

(elementary school audience)

A LEAP OF FROG


Hilco Jansma, 5 min
A captivating short film showing the unique physical abilities of frogs. The film uses slow motion videos to capture numerous amphibians leaping for their meals.

PLASTIC IS FOREVER


Dylan D’Haeze, 20 min
What happens when you throw plastic trash away? Dylan, a 13-year-old from the San Juan Islands follows plastic trash to where it ends up and shows how kids can help make a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent on plastic.

SAVING MY TOMORROW


Amy Schatz, 30 min
From the children who will inherit the planet comes a collection of songs, activism and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth. Saving My Tomorrow features kids from around the world who take on our biggest environmental challenges — from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, scientists talk with kids about how organisms are affected by a changing earth. A lyrical mix of science, music, and stories of plants and animals in danger, the show is a call from kids to all of us to help take care of the planet and everything on it.


Afternoon Screening Films

(middle school and up)

HELLO WORLD! – With Ellie Goulding


Sara Enright, 30 min
Presented in association with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), HELLO WORLD! is a six-part series taking a look at the wonders of the natural world through the eyes of some of today’s most celebrated musicians. Featuring six Grammy winning-nominated artists including, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Joan Jett, Dave Matthews, Usher Raymond, and Steven Tyler the series takes viewers deep into the environments of animals as varied as sea turtles, jumping spiders, rhinos, and hawks as they live their daily lives. Whether they are searching for water, looking for love, or caring for their families, these animals all have a singular way of surviving. Each episode features the artist’s vibrant storytelling and one of their well-known songs, which provide a soundtrack of sorts for the stories of the animals of the wild as well as a lush musical score.

LIFE IS ONE


Patrick Rouxel, 52 min
“Life is One” is the story of three orphan sun bear cubs from Indonesia and their return to the wild. The story is told by the foster parent of these cubs who accompanied them to their independence. The viewer is placed in total immersion with the bears in the rainforest and discovers how beautiful, joyful and energetic they are. The film is a tribute to life on earth, a reminder that we are all connected and that we owe respect and compassion to those we share the planet with.

RANGERS OF THE REEF


Brady Valashinas, 14 min
A group of dedicated local rangers in Raja Ampat, Indonesia work to protect the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystem from the threats of illegal and destructive fishing. “Rangers of the Reef” is their story.

TAGGING BUMBLE BEES TO STUDY THEIR MOVEMENTS


Neil Losin & Morgan Heim, 6 min
Are some habitats better for bumble bees than others? Does it depend on the number or type of flowers that are available or some other factor? To answer these questions, Jeremy Hemberger, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, designed a system for measuring the length of bumble bees’ foraging trips. He attached radio frequency identification tags to several bumblebees in a colony and then set up an array of detectors in their nest to record the bees comings and goings.


All Ages Films:

(both screening times)

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIGHT ON EARTH


Monika Zalega, 52 min
The spectacular and magical light produced by glowworms, fireflies and luminous plankton is known as bioluminescence – light made by living creatures. But those quite familiar glows and flashes are just a tiny, easily observed fragment of a previously unexplored, mysterious realm. The sea at night sparkles, as millions of luminous plankton reveal the shapes of dolphins in a truly magical light show. But why do animals produce light of their own? For centuries, we could only marvel at the beauty and the mystery. But now, for the first time we can begin to reveal the amazing truth about living lights. Sir David Attenborough will be our guide, as we venture into a world he describes as “utterly unlike our own”. He and a team of the world’s leading scientists take us on a quest into the fascinating realm of living light.

HELLO WORLD! – With Dave Matthews


Sara Enright, 30 min
Presented in association with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), HELLO WORLD! is a six-part series taking a look at the wonders of the natural world through the eyes of some of today’s most celebrated musicians. Featuring six Grammy winning-nominated artists including, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Joan Jett, Dave Matthews, Usher Raymond, and Steven Tyler the series takes viewers deep into the environments of animals as varied as sea turtles, jumping spiders, rhinos, and hawks as they live their daily lives. Whether they are searching for water, looking for love, or caring for their families, these animals all have a singular way of surviving. Each episode features the artist’s vibrant storytelling and one of their well-known songs, which provide a soundtrack of sorts for the stories of the animals of the wild as well as a lush musical score.

JUNGLE ANIMAL HOSPITAL


Rob Sullivan, 60 min
Alejandro Morales, his zoologist girlfriend Anna Bryant, and their team of dedicated staff and volunteers take on dangerous and exciting challenges in their Jungle Animal Hospital rescue center deep in the Guatemalan jungle.

SUPER HUMMINGBIRDS


Ann Johnson Prum, 60 min
With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat, and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest, most brilliant birds on earth.

WILD NEXT DOOR


Josef Metesh, 2 min
A short film about the beauty of nature Montanans can find without traveling the world.