New York-based Cargo Film & Releasing have picked up the world rights to Michael Webber’s newest doc, The Conservation Game, just before its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
The Conservation Game follows the story of retired cop Tim Harrison, who uncovers connections between some of America’s top television celebrity conservationists and the exotic pet trade. His investigations take him into the secret world of the big cat trade and the halls of Congress – where he encounters unexpected opposition.
Producer/director Michael Webber’s films have won five Best Documentary Awards, an Independent Spirit Award and the Director’s Choice Award from Michael Moore. Prior to his documentary work, he spent years producing fiction films for studios such as 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate.
Not surprisingly, he’s also won the Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States, has participated in countless exotic animal rescues and was the keynote speaker for the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance.
The project features the participation of Carol Baskin (Tiger King), as well as professor Carney Anne Nasser, the expert animal protection attorney who pitched the wildlife trafficking case against Joe Exotic.
“The Conservation Game is a timely, hard-hitting exposé into the secret world of the big cat trade that has to be seen to be believed. Michael Webber continues to break important ground as a filmmaker, and Cargo is thrilled to be teaming up with him on this new project,” notes Cantagallo.