WILDLIFE SHORTS PROGRAM

Saturday, October 21, 2017
The Al Green Theatre at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
2:30 PM
Q&A following the films

Co-presented by: Sierra Club Canada

Sponsored by:

The Wildlife Shorts Program consists of three shorts, Elk River, The Hundred Year Old Whale, and Fix and Release, which showcase how docs can be a catalyst for conservation and empathy for animals. Through elk, orca, and turtles we see the inescapable importance of animal protection.

Elk River

Jenny Nichols, Joe Riis | USA | 2016 | Short Film | 28 min | G

Shot amid the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows, Elk River chronicles the majesty of Wyoming’s annual elk migration.

The Hundred Year Old Whale

Mark Leiren-Young | Canada | 2017 | Short Film | 15 min | PG | canleaf_small

This beautifully shot BC film tracks the elusive Granny, the oldest Orca or “killer” whale in the world.

Fix and Release

Scott Dobson | Canada | 2017 | Short Film | 16 min | 14A | canleaf_small

In Peterborough, Ontario, the Kawartha Turtle Hospital brings its shell-dwelling patients back from the brink, aided by the reptiles’ remarkable powers of recovery.

Jenny Nichols - Filmmaker


Mark Leiren-Young - Filmmaker


Scott Dobson - Filmmaker


Jenny Nichols is a conservation filmmaker. She focuses on character driven stories that connect audiences to science and conservation. Her films have screened nationally and internationally at film festivals such as Banff Mountain Film Festival, Telluride Mountainfilm, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, DC Environmental film festival, National Geographic Short Film Showcase and beyond. She values multidisciplinary collaborations.

Joe Riis - Filmmaker


Joe Riis is a wildlife biologist turned wildlife photojournalist and cinematographer known for his pioneering documentation of animal migrations in the West. He is a National Geographic Magazine contributing photographer and Photography Fellow at the Wyoming Migration Initiative. Since 2009, he has worked on natural history photography assignments for National Geographic Magazine on five continents. His photographs have been exhibited widely, and are included in private and public collections worldwide.

“Canada’s Go-To Guy for Dolphins, Whales and Trees” (The National Post) wrote, directed and produced the doc style feature film, The Green Chain, which was nominated for the WGC Award for best screenplay and received the El Prat de Llobregat Award at the 15th annual FICMA Environmental Film Festival in Barcelona. He received the EarthVision Award for excellence in environmental filmmaking from PBS in San Diego for writing, producing and starring in Greenpieces: The World’s First Eco-Comedy. His documentary credits include writing the premiere episode of Grand Illusions, a popular history TV series about the history of magic and The Life and Times of Brian OrserRead More

Scott Dobson is an award winning Producer/Director with over 25 years experience in documentary filmmaking.

Scott co-produced and directed the short doc Fix And Release which is currently on the festival circuit. In 2016 he was story editor for Viceland’s documentary series Payday. He recently directed Puffin Patrol and Carpe Diem, for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s The Nature of Things. In 2012 he directed Church Of Elvis; a 3-hour look the spiritual world of Elvis Presley, and its sister show, Elvis In Love. Prior, he produced the very successful spam: The Documentary for CBC Newsworld, which was broadcast around the world. Read More