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World Elephant & World Lion Day Film Festival
Southampton Arts Center
Southampton, NY
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World Elephant & World Lion Day Film Festival
Sunday, August 11 | 6 PM | $15 ($10 for Friends of SAC)

Presented with Empowers Africa

Join us for an hour of thought-provoking, moving, and inspirational short films in celebration of World Elephant and World Lion Day. In conjunction with the exhibition on view, National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore.

Timothy Tear, Executive Director - Africa Region, Wildlife Conservation Society


James Currie, Documentary Film Maker & Brand Ambassador, Wilderness Safaris

Alexandra Hostetter, Director of Development, Big Life Foundation

Ami Vitale (by video), Photojournalist and Documentary Film Maker


Reteti Elephant Sanctuary by Ami Vitale  4 min

Dave Mathews Visits Reteti Elephant Sanctuary by Ami Vitale  3:40 min

Maasai Olympics  Funded by Big Life Foundation/Made by Black Bean Productions  8:07 mins

Lion Relocation  Funded by Empowers Africa/Made by Black Bean Productions  6:03 mins

Tsavo Trust  Holistic Conservation by Tsavo Trust. 5.59 mins

Last of the Big Tuskers  by James Currie, Greg Nelson, Tom Mahamba and Johan Marais. 37.33 mins

About Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (https://www.retetielephants.org/who-we-are/)

The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary was officially opened by the Samburu County Governor, H.E Moses Lenolkulal, on the 20th August 2016. This Samburu community-led orphanage is designed to rescue and release orphaned and abandoned elephant calves, while at the same time creating much needed benefit to the local community members that live alongside them. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the representation of the communities standing up for wildlife. Opportunities are being created, livelihoods are improving, and wildlife is returning, proving that nature can provide a sustainable economy for the populations that occupy its magnificent ecosystem.

The orphaned elephants that are cared for by this community-run orphanage, are symbols of a new wave of thinking about wildlife and the environment, that goes far beyond traditional conservation methods, and dives deeper into the core value of what nature represents.

About Ami Vitale (https://www.amivitale.com/about-ami/)

Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale has traveled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit keeping true to her belief in the importance of living the story.  In 2009, after shooting a powerful story on the transport and release of one the worlds last white rhinos, Ami shifted her focus to todays most compelling wildlife and environmental stories.

Instyle Magazine named Ami one of fifty Badass Women, a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done. She appeared alongside a group of incredible women including Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has been named Magazine photographer of the year in the International Photographer of the Year prize, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association, among others. She is a five-time recipient of World Press Photos, including 1st Prize for her 2018 National Geographic magazine story about a community in Kenya protecting elephants. She recently published a best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas. Vitale was the subject of the Mission Cover Shot series on the National Geographic Channel as well as another documentary series featuring Madagascar (Over the Islands of Africa).  She lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series, and she frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Currently based in Montana, Ami Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.  She can be reached at ami@amivitale.com.

About Big Life Foundation (https://biglife.org/about-big-life/about-big-life)

Protecting over 1.6 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa, Big Life Foundation partners with local communities to protect nature for the benefit of all.

Since its inception, Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangerswith more than 30 permanent outposts and tent-based field units, 13 Land Cruiser patrol vehicles, 3 tracker dogs, and 2 planes for aerial surveillance.

Co-founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt, conservationist Richard Bonham, and entrepreneur Tom Hill, Big Life was the first organization in East Africa to establish coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations.

About Empowers Africa (www.empowersafrica.org)

Empowers Africa is a U.S. public charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3) that supports programs in the areas of human empowerment, wildlife protection and land conservation in sub-Saharan Africa.

The organization partners with some of the most effective organizations on the ground in Africa whose efforts create lasting and sustainable change. Since inception, Empowers Africa has granted to over 35 organizations in 15 countries. The foundations focus is on:

-Funding programs in communities that surround protected conservation and wildlife areas or World Heritage Sites

-Funding programs in urban communities where tourism is a strong source of development

-Funding programs that support the protection of wildlife and land conservation
About Black Bean Productions (https://blackbeanproductions.com/)

Established in 2012 by James Suter and Oli Caldow, Black Bean Productions was formed with the purpose of creating diverse web content, that is genuine and consistently high in quality. Content is the single most important and sought-after commodity on the web and Black Bean Productions works to create content for their clients that is relevant, clear and compelling. They have had their work represented in many film festivals with several winning awards. To see more of their films of their films, please visit https://blackbeanproductions.com/films/.

About Tsavo Trust (https://tsavotrust.org/)

Tsavo Trust is an action orientated, field-based, Kenyan not-for-profit conservation organization that works to give the wildlife and people of Tsavo the right to a future.

Headquartered in the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA), specifically within Kamungi Conservancy on Tsavo East National Parks northern boundary, we are a team of professionals from the world of conservation and wildlife management, with a long history of living and working in the Tsavo region, and an understanding of its importance to Kenya.

The TCA holds significant wildlife populations, both inside and outside the National Parks, including extremely large numbers of high value species - elephant and black rhino (40% and 18% of Kenyas populations, respectively).

We are working towards protecting wildlife and its habitat as well as promoting community engagement in conservation challenges in the TCA, Kenya. Tsavo Trust is committed to working in partnership with governmental, nongovernmental, community and private stakeholders to attain a shared vision for a sustainable future for the TCA.

About The Last of the Big Tuskers (https://bigtuskers.com/)

In December of 2013 the largest elephant in the world was seen for the last time. His name in Zulu was Isilo, which means king of kings. He was much-loved by many and still has his own Facebook page with over 15,000 fans! Conservationists searched months on end for his body until in late March of 2014 the carcass of the giant was found in the African bush, his magnificent nine-foot tusks GONE. Tom Mahamba was one of the last people to see Isilo alive in Tembe Elephant Park, the place he calls home on the South African side of the border with Mozambique.

Last of the Big Tuskers focuses on the life of Isilo and what is being done to save the planets last remaining 40 big tuskers 15 big tuskers (updated October of 2018).

About the Makers of The Last of the Big Tuskers (https://bigtuskers.com/about/)

Last of the Big Tuskers was born out of producer James Curries love for elephants and a little known wilderness called Maputaland in the northeastern corner of South Africa. A life-long wildlife enthusiast, published author and native of South Africa, James Currie has much experience in the wildlife TV arena. James hosts and produces the popular birding TV show, Nikons Birding Adventures, on Discoverys Destination America. He also hosted the popular action-birding show Aerial Assassins on National Geographic WILD and Twitchers on the National Geographic Channel.

Gregs Nelsons TV began with the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) where he worked as a news cameraman and editor for 10 years. Greg covered the release of Nelson Mandela for WTN and worked for Associated Press. He was contracted for two years to ITN Channel 4 News as a multi-skilled Cameraman/Editor, working in Africa and the Far East where he assisted in establishing a Hong Kong Bureau. Gregs childhood passion for the natural world and his creative eye led to him working as a director of photography (DOP) for leading international wildlife outlets: Discovery Channel, BBC, National Geographic, and Animal Planet. He has much experience filming elephants and was the DOP for the film When Giants Fall (2015).

Tom Mahamba is one of the lead characters in Last of the Big Tuskers. Tom was born in Maputaland and was a guide and manager at Tembe Lodge in Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa. Tom had a deeply personal relationship with Isilo and knew the legendary elephant better than almost anyone. Tom is somewhat of a legend as a guide at the park and many visitors remember him for his welcoming smile and bubbling personality. His was a life-long passion for elephants and conservation, and he was deeply involved in efforts to preserve the big tusker elephants of Tembe for generations to come.

Johan Marais is the worlds undisputed authority on big tuskers and has written several books on the subject. He is also a respected veterinarian who specializes in large mammals like elephants and his insights into the big tuskers of Africa are incredibly valuable to the future conservation of these giants and their genes. Johan has traveled all across Africa in his quest to photograph and document the last big tuskers on the planet.

Partial funding for FILM provided by Suffolk County.


Southampton Arts Center (View)
25 Jobs Lane
Southampton, NY 11968
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

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


Owner: Southampton Arts Center
On BPT Since: Jun 16, 2014
Amy Kirwin

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