Natural Connections (Home Video Version)
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Makes a compelling scientific and ethical case for maintaining biodiversity.
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.
Directed by Sharon Howard and Michael Rosen
Produced by Howard Rosen Productions
Design Director: Greg Pecknold, Flying Spot
Original Music: Steven Ray Allen
Narrated by Peter Coyote
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.
NOTE: This is the version of the program shown nationwide on PBS in connection with Earth Day 2001. It is 11 minutes longer than the original 46-minute version.
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2000
Copyright Date: 1999
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-895-2
"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."
"A beautifully produced and effective piece."
Edward O. Wilson, Honorary Curator of Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard Univ
"Riveting and startling, but, more important, congenial, considerate and convincing." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Awards and Festivals
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 & 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
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