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New York WILD Film Festival Saturday

Morning Program

9:00am - 9:45am - Check in and coffee

10:00am - 12:10pm - Introduction by Rebecca Martin

  14.c - Special Jury Award
George Knowles, USA, 9m
Climbers all have a story about how they got started, and 14-year-old Kai Lightner’s introduction is particularly striking — and not only because he’s a brilliant climber. Much like Tiger Woods in golf or the Williams sisters in tennis, he could change the demographics of climbing.

  Killer Whales: Fins of Change - Best Wildlife Film
Brian Leith, Ben Wallis, UK, 60m - US Premier
A remarkable story is unfolding in the Arctic right now. As the ice melts and the polar bear struggles to survive in a fast-warming world, another animal is rapidly moving into the northern regions of the planet – and it is starting to usurp the polar bear’s dominant role: the infamous killer whale or, correctly, orca. It's the first time that a camera crew managed to film orcas in Arctic waters, the first time to film orcas hunting narwhal, and the first time to film polar bears catching fish in a river - another clear hint on the current climate change in the Arctic.

  Q&A with Ben Wallis
From Killer Whales: Fins of Change

  Karsts of China - Finalist
Keith Ladzinski, USA, 8m
Southern China is home to a range of dramatic Karst topography. Incredible limestone towers, caves and arch formations that have dissolved into natural wonders over that last few million years. Climbers Emily Harrington, Matt Segal and Cedar Wright quest through four of China’s National Parks on a vertical adventure on ancient rock.

  Backyard - Best Student Film
Deia Schlosberg, USA, 28m - NY Premier
Backyard shares the stories of five people in four states, all with very different backgrounds and perspectives, but all at odds with the oil and gas extraction occurring around them. Despite their differences, unnerving similarities emerge from their shared experiences of the massive unseen entity that is “the industry.” Brief, animated interludes remind us to ask the bigger picture questions.

  Q & A with Deia Schlosberg
From Backyard

12:10pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Break

Afternoon Program - Introduction by Gaelin Rosenwaks

1:00pm - 2:55pm

  Nature is Speaking: The Rainforest - Finalist
Conservation International, 3m
Nature is Speaking: The Rainforest," narrated by Kevin Spacey delivers a message people everywhere need to hear: Nature doesn't need people, but people need nature.

  Sticky - Finalist
Jilli Rose, Australia, 20m
Exiled from the tropical paradise where they evolved, a handful of remarkable stick insects, the last of their kind, clung to life on a single, windswept bush on the world's tallest sea stack for 80 years. Now they're back from the brink of extinction, but when can they go home? Sticky tells a wonderfully positive Australian conservation success story, celebrating the persistence of life, the adventure and passion embedded in science, and the little creatures underfoot.

  Shark Girl - Best Advocacy FIlm
Gisela Kaufmann, Carsten Orlt, Australia, 60m
“Shark Girl” is the inspiring story of Madison Stewart and her passionate fight to save the creature most of us fear - sharks.

  Q&A with Madison Stewart
From Shark Girl

2:55pm - 3:10pm - Break

3:10pm - 5:00pm

  And Then We Swam - Best Adventure Film
Ben Finney, Australia, 40m - US Premier
And Then We Swam is the true story of two friends who set out to cross the Indian Ocean in a secondhand boat, having never rowed before in their lives. Nobody thought they’d make it. 116 grueling days later, off the coast of Mauritius and just five miles from the finish line, things started to go horribly wrong. This is the story of two unlikely adventurers who crossed an ocean to prove everyone wrong - but very nearly proved everyone right.

  Q&A Skype call with Ben Finney
From And Then We Swam

  Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night - Finalist
Emily Driscoll, USA, 12m - NY Premier
Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night' explores the importance of darkness through the study and preservation of firefly habitats in Japan and the United States. Fireflies are reportedly disappearing, as artificial night lights disrupt their 'language of light'. 'Brilliant Darkness Hotaru in the Night' features artists and scientists on different continents working to understand firefly flash patterns and how to live among wildlife in urban settings.

  Q&A with Emily Driscoll
From Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night

  An Elephant’s Tale: The Matriarch - Finalist
Natalie Cash, USA, 3m
Elephants — so different in form yet with an inner life that rivals our own. This short video tells the tale of a single elephant, but provides powerful testimony to the experience of the species as a whole at this crucial moment in their existence. Together, we must not be generation that lets elephants disappear.

  96 Elephants: Take A Stand
Steve Harper, USA, 20s
100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in the past decade alone. We cannot turn back time but together, we can reverse this trend. This short PSA compels the viewer to take a stand for these magnificent creatures as they battle for their existence.

  Q&A with John Calvelli & Natalie Cash

Evening Program

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Check in and Reception

7:00pm - 9:00pm - Introduction by Richard Wiese

  Touch - Finalist
Jean-Baptiste Chandelier, France, 5m
Touch is a colorful and spectacular flying tour of Santorini in Greece, the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix and the Col du Galibier in France, with a bit of cheekiness added in.

  Nature is Speaking: Coral Reef - Finalist
Conservation International, 3m
“Nature Is Speaking: Coral Reefs," narrated by Ian Somerhalder delivers a message people everywhere need to hear: Nature doesn't need people, but people desperately need nature.

  Virunga - Best Conservation Film & Best in Festival
Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara, UK, 100m
Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world's forgotten and a gripping expose of the realities of life in the Congo. In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a career of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect.

9:00pm -10:00pm - Reception


Thursday evening 29th ticket: $ 50
Friday evening 30th ticket: $ 50
Saturday 31st all day ticket: $ 40
Saturday 31st all day and evening pass: $ 70
Saturday 31st evening ticket: $ 50
3-day festival pass: $ 150
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