An Evening with Chris Palmer

When veteran wildlife producer Chris Palmer’s book, “Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom,” was published last May, it sparked praise, great interest and controversy. Exposing the thrilling, yet sometimes tragic world of wildlife filmmaking, his book revealed a dark side to this world: a pervasive and troubling trend toward sensationalism, extreme risk-taking and even wildlife abuse in filmmaking. Palmer discusses how he dealt with the intense reaction to his book, and how he handled the angry backlash from people who felt the book threatened their livelihood. He also describes the campaign he has launched to reform the wildlife filmmaking industry and will sign copies of his book following the presentation. Illustrating his evening with clips from his award-winning films on bears, wolves, whales and dolphins, Palmer also announces and screens the winners of this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition sponsored by the Sierra Club and A.U.’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

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