Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 7:00am

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Schedule of Events:

Social/Networking Event:

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Mountain Yoga - Trappers

Relaxing morning yoga with a beautiful Tetons view! Instructor Kira Brazinski an avid athlete and well-known yoga teacher in the valley. Some yoga mats will be provided.

Screening:

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Our Oceans – Shark Sanctuary | Screening, Breakfast and Q&A - Wapiti 2

A team of scientists, divers and photographers set out on a journey of discovery along one of the longest, and richest, coastlines in the world. Along the way they unveil an incredible shark event, whilst highlighting the impending threats, and all the while promoting the protection of our oceans. The hope is that this film will be screened all over the world and become a tool to spread awareness about ocean threats, inspire a love for the ocean and all the marine life that inhabit it across the globe, as well as spread a message for expanded marine protection.

Session:

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Case Study: Platform Agnostic - Grizzly

Is the medium still the message in the digital era? Breaking down how to adapt your storytelling across the plethora of popular current platforms. With concrete, current examples for reference, see how to bring characters and narrative to life whether building a mobile-first photo slideshow, short episodic series, or interactive “tap-umentary.” Session produced and moderated by Mike Olcott, Senior Producer, Magazine, Social and Digital Video, National Geographic.

Speakers: Danielle Steinberg, Dante Graves, Mike Olcott

Screening:

9:00 AM - 10:45 AM: The Serengeti Rules - Antelope 2

Film screening followed by Q&A with Producer David Allen and Director Nicholas Brown. Film Synopsis: Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.

Exhibitors:

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Exhibitor Showcase - Exhibit Floor

Commissioners & Pitching:

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: 30 Minutes with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios - Osprey

HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a mission-driven production company established and funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as an extension of its longstanding commitment to science education. HHMI is the largest private nonprofit supporter of science education and biomedical research in the United States. HHMI Tangled Bank Studios crafts compelling, immersive films about science and scientists for broadcast, theatrical and digital distribution. The company’s award-winning programs address important contemporary issues and capture inspirational stories of discovery across all branches of scientific inquiry. For more information, please visit www.tangledbankstudios.org. In this session, spend 30 minutes of “quality time” to learn where specific programming priorities lie so you can fine-tune the project you want them to love. Sage advice from those who sell: know your buyer!

Speakers: Sean Carroll, John Rubin, Jared Lipworth

Session:

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Rapid Fire: Wild Women - Explorers Room

As we work to bring more representative gender diversity to nature, conservation and science media in front of and behind the camera, here are a few harrowing, funny and heart-breaking stories from women who have gone the extra yard to put themselves “out there” to change the world. Because that is what women do. Session produced and moderated by Gianna Savoie, Executive Director and Founder of Ocean Media Institute.

Speakers: Beverly Joubert, Gail Jenkinson, Sally Snow, Taylor Rees, Suwanna Gauntlett, Katie Schuler, Gianna Savoie, Stephani Gordon, Vanessa Berlowitz

Workshop:

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Modern Lenses, Formats, Cameras and Delivery Requirements - Antelope 1

This Fujinon Workshop will focus on practical, affordable, and versatile Lens choices for professional Wildlife and Natural History acquisition. 4K+ zoom Lenses, Lens Mounts, Adapters and Expanders, Recording Formats, Resolution, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) will be discussed and demonstrated.

SO, What works for you? How can you plan for the best Lens / Camera combination without blowing your budget? Do you need Extreme Telephoto, Mid-range or Wide-angle shots? Portability? Absolute best possible image quality? Can Lens Adapters and Expanders help save the day? Should you rent, or buy? Delivery concerns?

B4 mount, PL mount (and other mounts) cameras provide UHD, S35 and Full Frame choices for Documentary and Wildlife Cinematography. New B4 mount 2/3” image sensor UHD Cameras from Sony, Panasonic and others offer portability and resolution with HDR performance previously not possible. For many JH Wild Delegates, this is a turning point moment, similar to the introduction of highly portable Digital High Definition (HD) Camcorders 20 years ago that quickly replaced many traditional Film camera productions.

Zoom lenses with extreme focal range capability are favored by many Wildlife cinematographers for obvious reasons. S35 and Full Frame zoom lenses provide a great “look” with shallow depth of field, but have very limited zoom ranges or experience significant light loss at telephoto range. These challenges will be explored with comparison videos, discussions, and hands-on time with Cameras, Lenses, and Lens mount Adapters. Check it out...!

Commissioners & Pitching:

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: 30 Minutes with Smithsonian Channel - Osprey

Spend 30 minutes of “quality time” to learn where specific programming priorities lie so you can fine-tune the project you want them to love. Sage advice from those who sell: know your buyer!

Speakers: Tria Thalman

Screening:

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: The Biggest Little Farm | Screening - Wapiti 2

Film synopsis: THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM: Backyard Wilderness | Screening and Q&A - Antelope 2

Screening followed by Q&A with Directors and Producers, Susan Todd and Andrew Young, Executive Producer Sean B. Carroll and Consulting Producer Jared Lipworth. Film synopsis: "Backyard Wilderness" takes viewers on a surprising journey into the natural wonders right outside our doors. The film follows young Katie and her family who, absorbed by electronics and their busy modern lives, are blind to the real-life spectacle all around them. Until, that is, a school project sends Katie outdoors and sparks her gradual discovery of a whole new world. Audiences experience her backyard come alive - ducklings diving out of trees, salamanders dodging traffic and coyote pups learning to hunt. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that, sometimes, in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things.

Exhibitors:

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Gear on the Terrace - Terrace

This is a special opportunity for our exhibitors to show their gear in action! For 2 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday (weather dependent), the top cameras will be brought outside the Lodge to point directly at the Tetons for hands on demonstrations for attendees. Attendees have the opportunity to further engage with the manufactures and equipment and ask pointed questions and test out the gear themselves, in a supportive environment. This event is open to the public, so big crowds may show up to see these serious cameras in action!

Session:

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Festival$ 101 - Grizzly

Film Festivals can create massive buzz and lead to enviable distribution deals. To be successful, you need to be strategic when betting in this expensive game. There is an art and science to winning festival roulette!

Speakers: Ania Trzebiatowska, Kathleen Mcinnis

Commissioners & Pitching:

11:30 AM - 12:00 AM: 30 Minutes with ORF Universum - Osprey

Spend 30 minutes of “quality time” to learn where specific programming priorities lie so you can fine-tune the project you want them to love. Sage advice from those who sell: know your buyer!

Speakers: Andrew Solomon

Session:

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: How the hell did they get that shot? - Explorers Room

Sponsored by Netflix. The title says it all – this session will break down some of the most iconic shots from shows you know and love, including Our Planet, Dynasties, Blue Planet II and more. A light lunch will be provided.

Commissioners & Pitching:

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: 30 Minutes with Terra Mater Factual Studios - Osprey

Spend 30 minutes of “quality time” to learn where specific programming priorities lie so you can fine-tune the project you want them to love. Sage advice from those who sell: know your buyer!

Speakers: Ivo Filatsch

Session:

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: What they don't teach you in film school - Grizzly

So you’ve got the technical skills – you can shoot, edit, write -- but it takes more than that to get your project from idea to delivered master. In this lightning session, you’ll get the lowdown from experienced documentary producers on everything from how to write realistic budgets to guidelines for creating manageable production schedules; from implementing EP comments to a step-by-step plan for the impressive list of deliverables commissioners require. Immediately following the session panelists will adjourn to reserved tables in the Delegates Lounge for Q&A. This is the most practical practicum you’ll practically ever go to! Session produced and moderated by Maryanne Culpepper, Writer/Filmmaker/Story Consultant, Graffiti Works Inc.

Speakers: Maryanne Culpepper, Rocky Collins, Akansha Sood, Brian Armstrong

Screening:

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM: Epic Yellowstone: Life on the Wing | Ice Cream, Screening and Q&A - Antelope 2

Film screening followed by ice cream and Q&A with filmmakers. Film synopsis: Soar above the erupting Old Faithful geyser, the cascading Lower Falls, and the brilliant Grand Prismatic Springs as we explore life in Yellowstone National Park through the eyes of its winged creatures. From an American dipper's frozen dinner to a sage grouse's mating display to a bald eagle's struggle to feed her eaglets, see how the birds of Yellowstone survive and thrive over a course of a year.

Commissioners & Pitching:

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: 30 Minutes with Sundance Film Festival - Osprey

Spend 30 minutes of “quality time” to learn where specific programming priorities lie so you can fine-tune the project you want them to love.

Speakers: Ania Trzebiatowska

Session:

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Millennial Multitudes: The ABCs of Reaching Gens XYZ - Explorers Room

Rock star Millennials -- who have massive followings on YouTube/Instagram -- join audience development specialists to reveal strategies to capture the Holy Grail of Next Gen demographics through storytelling techniques.

Speakers: Danielle Steinberg, Lee Bacon, Aneeta Akhurst, Wes Larson, Bertie Gregory

Workshop:

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Workshop - Presented by Sony - Antelope 1

Screening:

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM: Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia | Screening and Q&A - Wapiti 2

Screening followed by Q&A with Producer/Director Jeremy Monroe. Film synopsis: Hidden Rivers explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region, and reveals both the beauty and vulnerability of this aquatic life, and how many people are finding ways to protect it.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM: Sex, Lies, and Butterflies | Screening and Q&A - Antelope 2

Screening followed by Q&A with Writer Janet Hess, Director Ann Prum and Executive Producer Ivo Filatsch. Film synopsis: Butterflies have been flying around our planet for over 50 million years, and today around 20,000 different species inhabit the globe. From egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to the winged insect, we follow their life stages, highlighting their survival techniques and the new science that is unlocking the secrets of their world and changing our view of these fantastic and yet fragile creatures.

Commissioners & Pitching:

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: 30 Minutes with Seeker - Osprey

Seeker is the #1 most engaging science brand on social media in the world [Source: Tubular]. Our stories explain the world through the lens of science. Seeker aims to satisfy curiosity, make science relatable and inspire young audiences. We encourage our viewers to question, dream and create. In December 2016, Seeker joined forces with Thrillist, The Dodo and NowThis to form Group Nine Media, one of the world's largest digital-first media companies.

Spend 30 minutes of “quality time” to learn where specific programming priorities lie so you can fine-tune the project you want them to love. Sage advice from those who sell: know your buyer!

Speakers: Aneeta Akhurst

Session:

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Executive Producing: Help Us Help You - Grizzly

We serve many masters in the world of complicated global co-productions--and the executives from each may have decidedly different expectations and delivery requirements. What makes a really helpful executive? What makes a really unhelpful executive? A conversation among EPs and producers on how to maximize effectiveness and creative engagement with the productions they oversee. Session produced and moderated by Tria Thalman, Executive Producer, Smithsonian Channel.

Speakers: Claudia Zenkert, Tria Thalman, Candice Odgers, Stephen Dunleavy, Geoff Luck

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Technovation: New Tools for Wildlife Storytelling - Explorers Room

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the advancements in filmmaking technology? Do you feel like you are falling behind? This industry is evolving so fast that it is hard to keep up. However, if you take advantage of the latest tools, you will have the benefit of telling a story in captivating ways that no one has been able to before. Come meet our panel of some of the top wildlife documentary filmmakers that consistently put these tools to use. Learn about innovative ways of making a high-quality documentary production, that will not only help maintain an efficient budget, but can also reduce your carbon footprint and minimize the disruption of a natural habitat. While this panel will feature a lot of expertise in making ocean wildlife films, most of the information will benefit any filmmaker that is curious to know about some of the newest gear and implementations available to them. Session produced by Vanina Harel, Project Manager, National Geographic and Alex Rapaport, Marine biologist/Filmmaker.

Speakers: Hugh Pearson, Nicola Brown, Kyle McBurnie, Katie Schuler, Jason Sturgis

Commissioners & Pitching:

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM: 30 Minutes with NOVA - Osprey

Spend 30 minutes of “quality time” to learn where specific programming priorities lie so you can fine-tune the project you want them to love. Sage advice from those who sell: know your buyer!

Speakers: Julia Cort, Caitlin Saks

Social/Networking Event:

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Nat Geo WILD BBQ - Dornan's

Sponsored by Nat Geo WILD. Party like a local at the infamous Nat GeoWild BBQ—a Jackson Wild Institution—with music by an all-local favorite, Canyon Kids! 5:30 pm, Buses begin leaving Jackson Lake Lodge (last bus, 6:30) 9:00 pm, Buses return to Jackson Lake Lodge (last bus, 11:00)

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