Manufacturing The Wild
For generations, we’ve tried to preserve wilderness, and the amazing creatures that live there. But what if we could make new wilderness? Even new wild creatures? What if we could bring back the wild of the ancient past? A radical new movement called Rewilding aims to do just that. From a new Dutch “Serengeti” just thirty minutes outside Amsterdam, to the scientific recreation of a Stone Age wild bull.
Manufacturing the Wild explores the bold attempts being made to push back against the global tide of disappearing wilderness.In the desert of New Mexico, prehistoric reptiles get ready to return for the first time in 12,000 years. Over in England, we meet a rewilding radical on a personal mission to reset his entire country’s vision of the wild. He’s thrilled about lions in London, but can’t stand sheep.
In Canada, we have lots of wild, but who exactly is it for? When even one wilderness-loving person enjoying the backwoods can affect an endangered population of caribou, is it time to limit our urge to see and experience the wild?
At a time when wild spaces are fast disappearing, rewilders say they have an answer. But rewilding raises big questions about what we think is natural. Can we really make new wild spaces? And if we can, are we really sure we want to live with more wild?
written and directed by
director of photography
animation director / illustrator
after effects artists
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Richard Hanet, Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP
Richard Warburton, Kay & Warburton
Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.
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FDA Design/Tim Riley
Rui Jorge Montero
Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa
Suffolk Festival of Ideas
produced with the participation of
Canada Media Fund
The Canadian Film or
Video Production Tax Credit
with the assistance of the Government of Ontario –
The Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit
Reel Time Images
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executive in charge of production
The Nature of Things
with David Suzuki
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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