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Series 5 - Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
NYIT Auditorium
New York, NY
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Series 5 - Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
4th Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
A unique conservation, cultural and entertainment event.

Series 5
6:00-8:00 PM

"Uakari: Secrets of the English Monkey"
Peter and Sheera Von Puttkamer
Gryphon Productions
48 minutes
Country: Peru
* New York Premiere

This stunning award-winning High Definition Documentary was shot over a year in the Peruvian Amazon.  It features the elusive Red Uakari Monkeythe first time its behavior has been filmed in the wild.  This film takes us from Peru's bustling city of Iquitos to an exotic world:  a 4 day jungle cruise down the Amazon and its tributaries to the Lago Preto monkey preservehome to a troupe of 500 threatened Red Uakari monkeys.  Here wildlife biologist Dr. Mark Bowler studies the primates, working with the Wildlife Conservation Society and England's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology.  The monkeys feeds on the Aguaje Palm- called "the Tree of Life"- as they drop fruit to the forest floor it helps to feed many other animal species.  But, as logging moves into the area- forest eco-systems are threatened and hunting could wipe out whole species.  Through his work, Mark helps to ensure the future survival of these amazing monkeys.


"In the Land of the Swamper"
Maja Zonjic, Producer
15 minutes
Country: Honduras
* North America Premiere

This documentary examines the extent to which tourist over development in Utila is responsible for the drastically declining population of one animal species  the Swamper Iguana. Located north of the Honduran mainland along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, Utila is the smallest of the Bay Islands, and one of the cheapest places globally to obtain a PADI Scuba Diving certificate. The island is a home to constant dive parties and drug cartels, though tourism revenue has increased, so has over-development, mangrove destruction, over-fishing and coral reef degradation. Facing extinction and assessed as a critically endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the swamper iguana currently lives in an area only eight square kilometers. This film features interviews with leading conservationist's, and NGO's in the field to raise awareness and discuss the valuable importance of mangrove systems globally.


"Baja"
Erick Higuera, Producer
10 minutes
Country: Mexico
* World Premiere

"Baja" shows the amazing beautiful creatures that inhabit its waters. These beauties are stil there, but most threatened. Amazing close up footage of dolphins, sharks, rays, sea lions, whales that is awe inspiring and will make the audience have a deep desire to visit this region that is unlike any other place on earth.


* WCFF along with our travel partner Want Expeditions will lead a trip to this region in March 2014. Contact info@wcff.org for details.


"The Wild Colours of Cuba"
Tania Escobar, Producer
15 minutes
Country: Cuba
* World Premiere
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)

Cuba is home to characteristic and brightly coloured creatures, yet little is known about the unique colours of its fauna. This short-documentary reveals the causes and purposes of their unique colourations. This is a fascinating and colourful story about the famous Cuban Trogon and iridescent hummingbirds, to aquatic lizards and the most colourful snails on earth.


* Q & A with Maja Zonjic and Tania Escobar

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Location

NYIT Auditorium (View)
1871 Broadway (between 61st and 62nd streets)
New York, NY 10023
United States


Categories

Arts > Visual
Education > Other
Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Film > Other
Film > Premiers
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Festivals
Other > Pets and Animals

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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