WCS Presents REEL WILD Film Festival at the Picture House in Pelham, NY

From koalas to snow leopards, day-long wildlife film festival to showcase films from WCS, and exclusives from Thirteen/WNET- Nature , and Nat Geo WILD

All-day pass is $15 and available at  www.thepicturehouse.org

Sunday, Nov. 18 2012
Noon – 8:00 p.m.
The Picture House
175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803

Pelham, NY – Nov. 7, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society is hosting REEL WILD, a single-day film festival showcasing the best in wildlife filmmaking – including the world premiere of Snow Leopard of Afghanistan, a new documentary from Nat Geo WILD in advance of its broadcast premiere on December 9, and the U.S. premiere of Wolves and Buffalo: Cold Warriors from Thirteen/WNET series Nature.

The REEL WILD festival will be held at The Picture House, a classic 90-year-old single-screen movie house in Pelham, N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 18 from noon to 8 p.m.

The day-long festival will feature family-friendly wildlife films; film shorts highlighting some of the work being done by WCS conservationists around the globe; and the premiere of documentaries from the Thirteen/WNET series Nature and Nat Geo WILD.

“We have designed this program to bring the most important films on wildlife and conservation to our neighboring New York communities,” said John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs. “The films will give an inside look into some of the front line conservation issues and will provide great info-tainment for families with children.”

Tickets to REEL WILD are $15 for an all-day pass and include all films, discussions with WCS field conservationists, and a reception.

REEL WILD film festival schedule:

Koala Hospital (family friendly)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

A dramatic, uplifting, behind-the-scenes look at Australia’s Koala Hospital where sick and injured koalas are given a second chance at life before being returned to the wild.

An Original DUCKumentary (family friendly)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Take to the skies and dive into the water with a wondrous variety of ducks — the unique abilities and extraordinary behaviors of these complex animals that may surprise you.

Wildlife Conservation Society Short Film Showcase

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Four short films highlight WCS’s conservation efforts, from saving wild tigers to combating the illegal wildlife trade.

· Caught in the Crosshairs (17min)

· Hunt for the Tiger Slayers (6min)

· 25 Years with Tigers (17min)

· Wild Haven of Cambodia (7min)

Snow Leopard of Afghanistan (Nat Geo WILD World Premiere)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous places on earth, is also home to a population of endangered and elusive snow leopards. Nat Geo WILD joins the Wildlife Conservation Society and an international team of experts, including expert big cat tracker Boone Smith, as they set out on a mission in the middle of a war zone to find, capture, and collar a snow leopard and release it back into the wild. Followed by Q&A.

As the kick-off program for Nat Geo WILD’s third annual Big Cat Week, this film will have its broadcast premiere Sunday, December 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

REEL WILD Reception

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Wolves and Buffalo: Cold Warriors (Thirteen/WNET-Nature U.S. Premiere)

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The ancient relationship between wolves and buffalo is captured in thrilling cinematic glory by a lone filmmaker who has followed them for more than 20 years. Followed by Q&A.

Thirteen/WNET-Nature will premiere “Wolves and Buffalo: Cold Warriors” in 2013 on PBS.

Special media note: Members of the media who wish to attend, please RSVP to Max Pulsinelli at mpulsinelli@wcs.org or 718-220-5182.

About The Picture House: As a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of one of few surviving – and still operating – single-screen theaters, we work to ensure that, with a history of over 90 years, The Picture House will continue to entertain audiences for generations to come. The Picture House presents the best in independent, international, documentary, and classic cinema in a beautifully restored 1921 theater. As southern Westchester’s nonprofit alternative to commercial multiplex theaters, we invite actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, critics, and others to engage with our audiences. Visit www.thepicturehouse.org.

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.


Max Pulsinelli - 718-220-5182; mpulsinelli@wcs.org

Steve Fairchild – 718-220-5189; sfairchild@wcs.org

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