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New York WILD Film Festival Winners 2014 Like our Facebook PageFollow us on Twitter
By Nancy Rosenthal - New York WILD Film Festival
28 January 2014

Below are the NY WILD films that won awards and the people that attended for Q & A. We screened other films that were finalists.

NY WIld Film Festival - Dave Ainley - The Last Ocean
Dave Ainley – The Last Ocean – Best Conservation Film

The Last Ocean – Best Conservation Film
Q&A with Marine Ecologist David Ainley


The Last Ocean - Official Trailer from LastOceanNZ

Peter Young New Zealand, 52m
The Ross Sea Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. Scientists describe it as our last ‘living laboratory’, a place that can teach us about the workings of all marine ecosystems. But the fishing industry recently found its way to the Ross Sea, targeting Antarctic Tooth fish and unless stopped, the natural balance of this unique ecosystem will be lost forever. The Last Ocean follows the race to protect the Ross Sea from our insatiable appetite for fish, and raises the simple ethical question: do we fish Earth’s last untouched ocean or do we protect it?

NY WIld Film Festival - Dave Ainley - The Last Ocean
Dave Ainley – The Last Ocean – Best Conservation Film

Parrot Confidential – Special Jury Award
Q & A with Producer, Director, Editor, Write and Narrator Allison Argo


Parrot Confidential | Nature, Preview | PBS from PBS

Allison Argo USA, 55m
Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Their outrageous intelligence and uncanny ability to communicate in any language has made parrots one of the world’s most popular pets. But unlike cats and dogs, parrots have not been domesticated; they are hardwired for the wild. Add a lifespan of 60+ years to their intense need to bond, and life in captivity doesn’t always have a happy ending. With shelters and sanctuaries struggling to meet the demand, too many birds like Lou have no place to go.

NY WIld Film Festival - Allison Argo - Parrot Confidential
Allison Argo - Producer, Director, Writer and Editor of Parrot Confidential.

Pride – Best Wildlife Success Story
Producer Roshan Patel (student film)


PRIDE Trailer from Roshan Patel

Roshan Patel USA, 15m
Pride looks into the cultural relationship between residents of Gujarat, India and the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions in the world. With fewer than 50 lions living in the wild at the turn of the 20th century, rural communities started working with the government to create a haven for this top predator and are successfully securing this animal’s place in the ecosystem.

Mission Antarctic – Best Adventure Film
Producers Matthieu Giraud and Guido Perrini


The North Face: Mission Antarctic Teaser from The North Face

Xavier de le Ru, Matthieu Giraud, & Guido Perrini France, 39m
4 years back Xavier de Le Rue, multiple freeride world champion and two times Olympian came back from a trip to Antarctica with mixed feeling, although he had the experience of his life and discovered a new paradise he believed he only scratched the surface of it. Since then, he worked on going back with his filming crew on a small boat to be completely independent. This documentary about an expedition to the world’s end, a fair mix of navigation, mountaineering, snowboarding, wild life and unexpected discoveries. Get the film on iTunes - Mission Antarctic

Salmon Confidential – Best Environmental Film
Q & A with Producer Twyla Roscovitch


Salmon Confidential Trailer from Twyla Roscovich

Twyla Roscovich Canada, 71m
Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover-up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon. The film provides surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, as well as rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply.

Paradise Found – Best Exploration Film
Q& A with photographer Tim Laman and Ornithologist Tim Scholes


Birds-of-Paradise Project Introduction from LabofOrnithology

Tom Swartwout USA, 12m
Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes have spent nearly a decade documenting the 39 species of Birds-of-Paradise that live in Papua New Guinea. The birds — which are both gorgeous and silly — prove to be elusive prey for the cameras of Laman and Scholes.

NY WIld Film Festival - Gaby Bastyra - Gloop
Gaby Bastyra – Gloop – Best Short

Gloop – Best Short Film
Q & A with Producer Gaby Bastyra


GLOOP A Plastic Fairytale from ECOTALES PRODUCTIONS

Gaby Bastyra UK, 4m
Every piece of plastic ever made still exists today.
‘Gloop’ is a dark fairytale that follows the meteoric rise of plastic from its inception in Leo’s gloomy laboratory 100 years ago. Told like a Brother’s Grimm fable, ‘Gloop’ offers a poignant and lasting message about the price we pay for the convenience of plastic.

NY WIld Film Festival - Gaby Bastyra - Gloop
Gaby Bastyra – Gloop – Best Short

Africa: Kalahari – Best Wildlife FIlm and Best in Festival
Q & A with Executive Producer, Mike Gunton


Giraffe Fight - Africa: Kalahari - Episode 1 - BBC One from BBC

James Honeyborne, Michael Gunton, Hugh Pearson UK, 58m
David Attenborough takes a breathtaking journey through the vast and diverse continent of Africa as it has never been seen before. In Africa’s ancient south west corner, two extraordinary deserts sit side by side. Water is in short supply, yet these deserts are somehow full of life because the creatures that live here have turned the rules of survival on their head. This film celebrates nature’s ingenuity, no matter how hard it gets.

The New YorkWILD Film Festival launched at the Explorers Club Headquarters January 24-25, bringing the real jungle to the concrete jungle. The sold out festival screened 14 films from around the world on a spectrum of wild topics--from exploration and adventure to wildlife and the environment. The festival was honored with the attendance of filmmakers from the UK, British Columbia and California.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

Gaby Bastyra with Nancy Rosenthal
Gaby Bastyra with Executive Director, Nancy Rosenthal

View winners and finalists here: www.nywildfilmfestival.com/watch

Contact:
Nancy Rosenthal
+1 (212) 877-6364
Email: nywildff@gmail.com
Website: www.nywildfilmfestival.com

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