Backyard Wilderness Opens on November 2 at the Omni Theater
Backyard Wilderness is an Arise Media / Archipelago Films production in collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. The film provides explorers of all ages the tools and inspiration to discover the wonders of nature at their fingertips.
Created by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar® nominated filmmakers Andrew Young and Susan Todd, Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain. The film spans a year around a suburban home, revealing a stunning array of wildlife in breathtaking detail.
Follow Katie, a young girl, and her family who are absorbed by an array of electronic devices and, at first, oblivious to the natural world just outside their home. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this newly uncovered world. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that sometimes in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things that can transform you forever – you just need to step outside.
Backyard Wilderness is produced and directed by Andrew Young and Susan Todd, who wrote the film together with SK’s Wendy MacKeigan (Flight of the Butterflies and Amazon Adventure). “We could not be prouder of this film,” said Andrew and Susan. “It is imperative to us to encourage children and families to explore the splendor of nature.”
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios has produced an educational initiative to deepen the learning from the film and provide kids, families and educator with an extensive program to empower families to get outside and observe their wild neighbors. Resources include; an Educator Guide, a Family Guide and SEEK, a unique “kid friendly” version of the highly regarded iNaturalist App, which is specifically designed to engage students to become better naturalists. Available for download in the iTunes store.
Learn more about Backyard Wilderness and watch the trailer here. A complimentary media preview of the film will be held at the Omni Theater on Saturday, November 10 at 10:15 AM. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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