An Evening with Chris Palmer

AN EVENING WITH CHRIS PALMER, Director, Center for Environmental Film making, American University: Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom

The thrilling yet controversial and sometimes tragic world of wildlife film making has become a hugely popular entertainment genre, from Discovery’s “Animal Planet” to the venerable BBC’s “Planet Earth.” As cinematic technology brings ever-more-breathtaking images to the screen, and as our direct contact with nature diminishes, an expanding audience craves the indirect experience of wild nature that these films provide. Using clips from his award winning films on bears, wolves, whales and dolphins, veteran producer Chris Palmer offers a preview of his insights into the wildlife film business from his upcoming book, Shooting in the Wild. Palmer reveals a dark side to this world: a pervasive and troubling trend toward sensationalism, extreme risk-taking and even wildlife abuse in film making. He reports on the abuses that occur and profiles the many skilled and ethical filmmakers who are working to bring images and information about wild animals to the public in an inspiring, responsible way. Chris Palmer is President of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation (which produces IMAX films) and CEO of Video Takes, Inc. He also teaches on the full-time faculty at American University. His book will be published in May by Sierra Club Books.

The winner of the Eco-Comedy Video Competition will be announced after the program.

Reception at 6:00 pm. Clip-Illustrated Lecture at 7:00 pm.

Introduced by Caroline Gabel, Board Chair, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

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