Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  46 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Natural Connections

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Makes a compelling scientific and ethical case for maintaining biodiversity.

Natural Connections

This outstanding program makes effective use of interviews with well-spoken scientists, beautiful photography, top quality graphics, and original music to underline the importance of maintaining biodiversity, if we as a species want to survive and thrive on our home planet.

The program introduces the basic concepts of biodiversity, and takes a close-up look at salmon, rainforests, and marine ecosystems as examples.

Amongst those interviewed are Harvard's Edward O. Wilson, known as the 'father of biodiversity'; Dr. Robert Paine, who coined the phrase 'keystone species'; and forester Dr. Jerry Franklin.

Many programs call for us all to consume less in order to leave enough room for other species, on whom ultimately our survival depends. Few do it so effectively and positively.

'Astonishingly beautiful documentary...With gorgeous photography, straightforward writing and enthusiastic participation by scientists who don't come off as pedants...a wake-up call that is riveting and startling, but, more important, congenial, considerate and convincing.' Seattle Post-Intelligencer

'A beautifully produced and effective piece.' Edward O. Wilson, Honorary Curator of Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, and author of Biophilia and The Diversity of Life

'This video...is an invaluable teaching tool. There are dozens of films on the market that address the environmental and biodiversity problems we are currently facing. Natural Connections may have an edge because it will appeal to all age groups. Highly recommended for public, school and college libraries.' Barb Butler, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, MC Journal

'Superb photography, eloquent narration, and stirring interviews with biologists combine to make this Emmy Award winner perhaps the best video I have ever seen to make the case for the preservation of biodiversity. This dramatic video should be required viewing for all students teachers, parents, politicians, business leaders, consumers...Most highly recommended for viewers from about grade 6 or 7 through adults. Schools, nature centers, camps, and even individuals will value this video.' Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist Magazine

'A lovely piece of work. Excellent production values and interesting vignettes help to make several concepts in conservation and biodiversity very real and immediate...Could be used quite effectively in secondary schools or lower division biology or ecology classes as an introduction to issues of biodiversity, the interconnectedness of the natural world, and the critical need for conservation. All of the scientists interviewed are articulate and interesting...Individual vignettes and stories could be used separately in more advanced classes or where class time is very short.' Michael Renner, Professor of Animal Behavior, West Chester University


Awards

5 EMMY Awards
Gold Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition
Best of Category, Best Educational Value, Best Scientific Content and Best Conservation Message, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula
UNESCO Silver Medal, The New York Festivals
Best of Category, EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Festival
Best Graphic Design, International Monitor Awards
Bronze Anvil Award, Public Relations Society of America
Equinox Environmental Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Olympia Environmental Film Festival
SAVVY Award
Lemos Award for Artistic Achievement, Latham Foundation Search for Excellence Video Contest

Citation

Main credits

Howard, Sharon (Screenwriter)
Howard, Sharon (Producer)
Coyote, Peter (Narrator)

Other credits

Producer/writer Sharon Howard.


Distributor credits

Howard Rosen Productions

Howard Rosen Productions
Sharon Howard and Michael Rosen
Design Director: Greg Pecknold, Flying Spot
Original Music: Steven Ray Allen
Narrated by Peter Coyote

Docuseek2 subjects

Biodiversity
Forests and Rainforests
Oceans and Coasts
Ecology
Marine Biology

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Animals
Atmosphere
Biodiversity
Biology
Consumerism
Ecology
Endangered Species
Environmental Ethics
Fisheries
Forests and Rainforests
Global Issues
Habitat
Life Science
Marine Biology
Oceans and Coasts
Outdoor Education
Pollution
Population
Rivers
Social Psychology
Voluntary Simplicity
Wildlife

Keywords

biodiversity, salmon, rainforests, Edward O. Wilson,"Natural Connections",Bullfrog Films

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