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Thursday, September 28 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Student & Emerging Finalist Showcase

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Between Two Lichens
4 minutes
The word "symbiosis" was invented to describe how an alga and a fungus live and work together to make up a lichen. An international team of scientists had to fundamentally change their perspective to discover the third symbiotic partner 150 years later. 

The Healing Lizard (with Fernanda Prudencio)
12 minutes
In the heart of South America lies a land of contrasts and ancient traditions - Bolivia. High up in its mountains, lives a tiny lizard.  A whole culture is about to be revealed through this incredible reptile. The Healing Lizard highlights the fragile relationship that exists between nature, tradition and culture, showing the various elements of its complex interaction, which needs to find a balance in order to achieve sustainability. Having the lizard as a common thread, the story is told through three different characters; a biologist, a subsistence farmer and a traditional healer. Each reveals a different perspective of one reality. Science, nature, tradition, belief, faith and culture, are some of the themes that this film explores.  Equilibrium and harmony is what a traditional cultures are trying to find, but what happens when harmony and balance breaks down? The Healing Lizard is an engaging and visually stunning film that embarks on a complex journey, told through the story of a tiny creature. 

Wild Expectations (with Rene Arneda and Christian Munoz Donoso)
42 minutes
Wild Expectations follows the adventures of two regular guys, both wildlife enthusiasts and good friends, as they travel to Chilean Patagonia in search of a very unique puma, the elusive "No Tail". They utilize guiding skills learned in Africa for tracking animals, following signs provided by nature. All life forms excite the dynamic duo, nothing is too big or too small. The relationship between the presenters is the key to presenting the animal subjects in a fresh new way as they joke and have a laugh between delivering natural history and behavioral information. The presenters are accompanied by a small film crew, well experienced in the field of wildlife cinematography, who are also part of the adventure and featured in the production. 

Thursday September 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
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