Nat Geo Wild has greenlit a new digital series set to capture a short story of an epic wildlife encounter, with 2015 Wild to Inspire short film competition winner Filipe DeAndrade at the helm.
Produced by Comfort Theory, Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade will follow the Brazilian-born filmmaker (pictured) and his two best friends as they travel the U.S. in search of the most diverse and unexpected animal species across America.
Having spent four months documenting wildlife for Nat Geo Wild and the African Wildlife Foundation, DeAndrade and his team captured distinct animal behaviors in such locations as Louisiana, where they were able to chronicle the hummingbird, and the shores South Carolina, where dolphins launch out of the water to trap their food on land.
“I first saw the deeply personal and connected storytelling Filipe was capable of during the Wild to Inspire filmmaking competition and I immediately knew that his talent, unbridled passion and irreverent sense of humor was the right fit for the Nat Geo Wild family,” said Geoff Daniels, executive VP and GM of Nat Geo Wild, in a statement. DeAndrade won the competition in 2014 with his short Adapt.
Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade will premiere across Nat Geo Wild’s YouTube Channel in March 2017.
“I believe in using the power of photography and film to encourage others to fall in love with the wild,” added DeAndrade. “I hope that Untamed will inspire Americans to recognize that what we have here rivals anything else in the natural world and, through that, hopefully they fall in love with it and fight to protect it.”