With New York often being called a concrete jungle, it seems appropriate the city should feature a wildlife-specific doc festival.
The fourth annual New York Wild Film Festival kicks off next week, on February 23.
Academy award-winning and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood is one of the docs that will be featured. The film looks at the impact of climate change, and possible solutions to pressing environmental issues.
There are 22 films being screened during the festival. Some of the other features are listed below, with descriptions from the Wild Film Festival:
- Metronomic — A high risk high altitude jazz concert, this doc features musicians performing as they hang and swing 1,500 feet high in the canyons of Gorges du Verdon, France.
- Life is One — The viewer is immersed with three orphaned sun bear cubs in the Indonesian rainforest, embedded with award-winning filmmaker Patrick Rouxel, who fosters the cubs and reintroduces them into the wild.
- 4 Mums in a Boat — Four working mums from Yorkshire attempt to break a world record by becoming the oldest rowers to cross the Atlantic.
A full list of the festival screenings can be found on the festival website.
Nancy Rosenthal, filmmaker, founder and executive director of the festival, said in a statement, “documentaries have become an enormously powerful and popular medium for the kind of outreach that is essential for the preservation of our threatened planet.”
The festival is sponsored by National Geographic, The University of Miami – Exploration Science, The Explorers Club and Wildlife Conservation Society, with support from New York Women in Film & Television and New York University.
The Wild Film Festival starts next week, running from February 23-26 at the Explorers Club in New York.