Nature Films on the Rise
You don’t have to look only in your local tv listings for nature shows on Discovery Channel and National Geographic any more, you might want to check out the your neighborhood movie listings. The release of Earth in April was only the beginning of a new surge of big screen nature movies. The Cove is an espionage style/documentary film that brings the plight of the Dolphin in Taiji, Japan to light. The Cove is screening in select cities around the country.
The Crimson Wing , opens Sept. 25th, the first in a series of nature films by newly formed Disneynature.
Over the next five years, Disneynature will be releasing one film a year. Following The Crimson Wing, the sub-aquatic adventure Oceans will be unveiled next April. Then, in 2011 comes Naked Beauty. “It’s about the job that pollinators – bees, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies – do to help flowers produce and create what we need to survive,” says Camilleri. “Einstein said that if bees disappear from the surface of the Earth, then we have four years to live.” Then comes African Cats, currently being shot in Kenya, and in 2013, Earth co-directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield will present Chimpanzee.
I think the real winners here, besides the viewers that get to see these wonders up close, are the animals, birds and habitats that get the attention they deserve.