Wildlife as muse. These films explore how folks take inspiration, consolation, and wisdom from the natural world.
The Interconnectedness of All Living Things: This film documents Georgia Hodges as she creates a massive mural focused on de-politicizing and educating the public about the Green New Deal by making the actual language not only accessible, but visually beautiful. Directed and Produced by Jeff den Broeder.
Loon: A profile of Mike Freed, who goes by the trail name Loon, and his return home to northern Minnesota where he purchased and cared for more than 2,000 acres of land in the state's wild lake country. Directed by Jason Whalen and Chris Zucker. Produced by Fauna Creative.
Îinha: For Jason Reed, salmon are synonymous with life. He has grown up on the banks of California’s Klamath River where the Karuk Tribe have depended on these salmon since time immemorial. But in recent years, nearly all the salmon have stopped returning to the river to spawn. To save the salmon and his cultural identity, Jason is turning to natural inspiration – the beaver. Directed and Produced by Jessie Knierim.
don't feed the coyotes: don't feed the coyotes observes several years in the intertwined lives of San Francisco's urban coyotes. The story centers around a three year-old coyote, fondly-named Scout, and her territorial challenger, the scientifically-dubbed 15F. Chronicling their lives through the two starkly different researchers observing them, it's about humans, the natural world and the lines we've drawn between the two. Directed and Produced by Nick Stone Schearer.
Pete the Pond: Pete the Pond has spent the last 20 years trying to return Britain's aquatic wildlife to its former glory. Despite his best efforts, the abundance of creatures he remembers from his childhood have continued to disapear. Pete hopes to one day reconnect the next generation with the natural world around them - but he must first overcome a challenge right on his doorstep. Directed by Will Clothier. Producers: Will Clothier, Peter Venn, Guy Gilbert.
The Oyster Farmer: When oyster larvae in the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery began dying en masse, hatchery manager Alan Barton sought clues to the underlying cause. After partnering with marine scientist Burke Hales and studying local ocean chemistry, they were able to identify the root cause – ocean acidification – and adjust their farming practices to save oyster production. Directed by Kika Tuff. Producers: Emily Cloyd, Elana Kimbrell.
Stories of You and I: Narrated by Academy Award Nominee, Jonathan Pryce, Stories of You and I is an open letter to the Earth. Based on true accounts and relationships with the natural world over the course a life-time, it is a touching, personal and emotional battle cry for environmental justice. Directed and Produced by John Davies.
Both screenings of Wildly Inspired will be followed by a Q&A with The Oyster Farmer filmmaker Kika Tuff and don't feed the coyotes filmmaker Nick Stone Schearer!
Duration: 102 min