Mountainfilm

Wild Shorts

Date: May 29, 2021
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
with Q&A

It's all about humans interacting with wild spaces and species in this short film program.

How to Count a Wolf

How to Count a Wolf

Film Screening — Duration: 8 mins

Monitoring wolf populations to determine the extent that they are repopulating places where they have been long absent is no easy feat and entails risks to both wildlife biologists who do the counting and to the wolves they try to count. But, perhaps the survival of the wildest of species depends on human management.


In-Person World Premiere

The Last English Poacher

The Last English Poacher

Film Screening — Duration: 16 mins

Brian Tovey lives in a rural village in England where he continues the poaching tradition handed down to him by his father and grandfather. As the village develops around him, filling with people living modern lifestyles, Tovey puts food on the table by illegally hunting for game on the large, private estates of the wealthy. He takes us on his illicit hunts, telling us how they will continue on at the risk of imprisonment.


World Premiere

Tabira

Tabira

Film Screening — Duration: 16 mins

Veterinarian Alfonso Bañeres has recovered hundreds of birds of prey and other wild animals throughout his career, but none quite like Tabira, a young Harris’ Hawk. The chick that nobody wanted becomes a cherished member of the family in this heartwarming story of love, loss and overcoming fear. Tabira is a daughter, a sister and a lesson in persistence as the family attempts to train her to be unafraid of the kite — paragliding turned parahawking — for an adventure not to be missed.


Colorado Premiere

The Tracker

The Tracker

Film Screening — Duration: 9 mins

Arrested every year for over a decade, Mutinda thought poaching was great, simply because he learned it from his father. Never knowing the value of the animals, Mutinda was collecting elephant tusks by the tons when his wife delivered an ultimatum: she would leave him should he not seek alternative options of employment. With a renewed outlook, Mutinda discovered that he can use his knowledge and skills for good — spending the last 18 years as a ranger with Richard Bonham’s Big Life Foundation, Mutinda has a new mission: stopping poachers.


World Premiere

American Ocelot

American Ocelot

Film Screening — Duration: 33 mins

For more than three decades, researchers have studied how to save the fewer than 80 ocelots that live in the southern tip of Texas. And time is not on their side. Habitat fragmentation, vehicle collisions and a lack of genetic diversity in the two remaining breeding populations increase the likelihood that the cat will go extinct. Using stunning camera trap footage, American Ocelot showcases this beautiful and elusive species, and hopefully sparks the passion needed to help them recover.


Colorado Premiere

Eric and the Bees

Eric and the Bees

Film Screening — Duration: 9 mins

After 20 years in the U.S. military, Eric returns home and finds himself struggling with PTSD from combat. As he tries to make sense of what he did and saw, there is only one place where he finds solace — among his bees. In caring for his hives, he’s able to calm his mind and nurture several colonies — and invites other veterans and first responders to join him in experiencing the healing power of beekeeping.


In-Person World Premiere

Snowy

Snowy

Film Screening — Duration: 13 mins

There is an opportunity for redemption in every family, even if one of your family members has been exiled to the basement for a couple of decades. Snowy is a box turtle living in a small tank in Uncle Larry’s basement, which begs the question: Is mere survival proof that a pet is thriving? As we try to guess what Snowy might be feeling, with help from a veterinarian, a pet psychic and an expert in reptile cognition, Uncle Larry’s perspective begins to evolve as he starts seeing Snowy as more than just a chore.


Colorado Premiere