In the southern Everglades, many people have joined forces to track and protect the endangered Florida panther. In this moving documentary, stunning images of the big cats spur a movement to restore both a keystone species and dwindling wilderness. While National Geographic’s Carlton Ward, Jr. employs camera traps to capture thrilling video of panthers and other marshland creatures, biologists track the elusive wild felines, vets rehabilitate them after car strikes, and ranchers preserve working land and prevent overdevelopment. Through Ward’s art, the Florida panther and the swampland itself speak eloquently of their right to continue.
Finalist Category: Feature & Living With Wildlife
Director: Eric Bendick
Producers: Carlton Ward, Eric Bendick, Tom Winston, Tori Linder
Grizzly Creek Films and Wildpath