AN EVENING WITH CHRIS PALMER, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University
Reception at 6:30 p.m.
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 in 2010, 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, falsification and even wildlife abuse in filmmaking. In this special evening, Palmer contrasts the results of this approach to filming wildlife with honest, “straight shooting” techniques, highlighting the worst and best examples of the genre. Illustrating his talk with numerous, controversial, high impact clips from wildlife films, he evaluates the ethics behind their making, explaining what should be condemned and what should be praised and why. Palmer also screens the winners of this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition, sponsored by A.U.’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking.