The Nature Makers
Catalogue Number: TVP086
Producer: Video Project, Inc.
Subject: Documentary, Environmental Studies, Nature, Science, Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 68:26
On the Platte River in Nebraska, Brice Krohn leads a team of biologists to scour the river with heavy machinery in order to perform functions that used to be carried out naturally by spring floods in order to maintain a river landscape that can continue to support Sandhill Crane migration as it has for hundreds of thousands of years.
Deep in the Grand Canyon, Brian Healy leads a team of biologists to load the humpback chub, an endangered fish, into barrels and fly them by helicopter into remote tributaries of the Colorado River in a last ditch effort to repopulate them into their native streams lest the species go extinct.
When alerted to an endangered colony of prairie dogs, whose numbers have been greatly reduced due to decades of organized poisonings and intensive land development, Lindsey Sterling Krank leads a team to use construction equipment and industrial tubing to build artificial burrows to rescue them from a gruesome death.
In the 21st century, defending the wild often paradoxically requires technology and aggressive human intervention. The Nature Makers is a moving portrait of passionate people and the extraordinary creatures whose existence they fight for. The film is a story of how we found ourselves on the brink of losing so much of the natural world, yet it charts an optimistic, though unmistakably challenging, path forward.
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "These biologists work heroically, and pretty much thanklessly, often in remote and physically challenging environments, but their efforts are actually paying off. Their work shows that humans can indeed have a profound impact on natural systems, and not all of it is destructive. Aggressive human intervention can be restorative, though admittedly success is almost always tentative and fragile. Welcome to conservation in the age of humans. In the end, I hope this film provokes the audience to reexamine their preconceived ideas about humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Making this film certainly caused me to reexamine mine."
— Scott Saunders
The Map to ParadiseVideo Project, Inc. TVP082
From Executive Producer Martin Sheen, The Map to Paradise is an adventure-filled and...
Nature’s Cleanup CrewKensington Communications Inc. KC0110
"Nature's Cleanup Crew" describes the busy scavengers that live in our cities, recycling mountains...
Eco-Highway: A New ApproachPinegrove Productions PPE032
This feature segment looks at the 2004 decision by the Canadian and United States Governments to...
The Art of Nature SeriesScorpion TV SCTV58
Many plants and animals have found ingenious ways to adapt in order to survive in an ever-changing...
Fixing Nature SeriesCinefete A296-S03
Pollution, global warming, desertification and the consequences of human and industrial activities...