Zeitgeist Films, Kino Lorber acquire “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes”

Zeitgeist Films, Kino Lorber acquire “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes”

Source:  Realscreen

Zeitgeist Films, in association with Kino Lorber, has acquired Allison Reid’s documentary, “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes.”

The film tells the story of Anne Innis Dagg, who in 1956 at the age 23, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild — years before Jane Goodall would set out to study chimpanzees or Dian Fossey would work with mountain gorillas.

“The Woman Who Loves Giraffes” retraces Dagg’s steps with archival 16mm film, along with new footage and interviews, highlighting her legacy as the world’s first giraffologist and shedding light on the devastating realities that giraffes are facing today.

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Apple TV+’s first documentary is the story of “The Elephant Queen”

Apple TV+’s first documentary is the story of “The Elephant Queen”

Source:  Refinery29

Ahead of the release of its new streaming service, Apple announced a wide variety of shows and films to lure in potential subscribers.  And, if nature documentaries are your thing, Apple TV+ has something to convince you to sign up, too.

“The Elephant Queen” centers around a Kenyan elephant herd led by Athena, a 50-year-old female elephant.

Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s film begins with the herd at their green season home, but soon their watering hole begins to dry up, and they have to travel to find a new home during the drought.

Narrated by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, “The Elephant Queen” speaks to environmental and poaching issues that elephants face through the lens of one particular elephant family.

“The Elephant Queen” is available now on Apple TV+.

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Trailer for “When Lambs Become Lions” reveals the complexity in the fight against elephant poaching

Trailer for “When Lambs Become Lions” reveals the complexity in the fight against elephant poaching

Source:  TheWrap

“When Lambs Become Lions,” a new documentary about African elephant poaching, reveals the fight to protect these animals is far more complicated than one would imagine.

The official trailer for the documentary shows the fight from both perspectives.

Director Jon Kasbe spent years embedded with both a small-time ivory dealer who is willing to break the law to provide for his family as well as a man willing to put elephant lives over human life and who operates like no ordinary conservation ranger.

Executive produced by Matthew Heineman, director of the Oscar-nominated “Cartel Land,” the documentary is shot similar to Heineman’s films with striking, slick cinematography befitting a fictional wartime thriller.

A release date has not been announced for “When Lambs Become Lions.”

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Netflix and the BBC team up for new David Attenborough nature doc “Life In Colour”

Netflix and the BBC team up for new David Attenborough nature doc “Life In Colour”

Source:  Deadline

Netflix and the BBC have teamed up for the first time to make a natural history documentary.

The two companies will co-produce three-part natural history series “Life In Colour,” in which Sir David Attenborough will explore how color plays a vital role in animal interactions using new cameras built specifically for the series.

The documentary series is being lined up for a 2021 premiere.  It’s being produced by Humble Bee Films, a UK-based production company which recently made “Attenborough And The Giant Elephant” for BBC One.

Attenborough has a long and illustrious history of working with the BBC, and this year fronted Netflix series “Our Planet,” produced by Silverback Films.

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Season 38 of NATURE kicks off October 2 on PBS

Season 38 of NATURE kicks off October 2 on PBS

Source:  NATURE

Season 38 of NATURE on PBS kicks off on October 2 with “Octopus: Making Contact” and continues through the spring of 2020 with new episodes providing an awe-inspiring look into the lives of a diverse group of wildlife.

Catch a sneak peek of a few of the upcoming episodes in the season preview above.

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“Serengeti” reveals the inner lives of animals and outer beauty of Tanzania

“Serengeti” reveals the inner lives of animals and outer beauty of Tanzania

Source:  Film Threat

Discovery’s latest hit “Serengeti” follows the varied wildlife for one year in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

But first, here’s a quick geography lesson for context.  The Serengeti ecosystem is in northern Tanzania lays claim to the second-largest terrestrial mammal migration on the planet. Its approximately 18,500 miles houses swamps, grasslands, and woods, amongst other habitats.

While the animals are all given names, they don’t have a distinct voice.  Instead, “Serengeti” is narrated by Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as the spirit of the Serengeti.

It doesn’t matter if she’s talking about the lioness taking on some zebras or the hurt pride of a baboon, the narration is always “we,” “us,” and so forth.  This works very well, as it still humanizes the wildlife but never turns them into a cartoon.

Nyong’o breathes life into her voiceover so that the personal stakes of each story feels as grand as the setting.

“Serengeti” is available now on Discovery.

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