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Chris Palmer at Tedx on Wildlife Filmmaking

2015 August 11
by Shared by Steve Rust

Building on the success of his latest book, Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker, American University professor Chris Palmer took to the Tedx stage recently and delivered this stirring presentation.

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Television networks like Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, and the History Channel are failing to put conservation, education, and animal welfare ahead of ratings and profits when producing and airing films on wildlife. I believe it’s time for wildlife filmmaking to move in a more ethical direction. Wildlife films should not deceive audiences, harass animals, or avoid conservation.

Video Supervisor: Ford Fischer
Filmed by Arun Raman, Delana Listman, and Elaina Kimes
Edited by Elaina Kimes and Ford Fischer

Recorded in The Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre at American University, Washington, DC

Chris Palmer has spearheaded the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime-time television and the giant screen IMAX industry, including the Disney Channel, TBS, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and PBS. Palmer and his colleagues have won numerous awards, including two Emmys, and an Oscar nomination. He founded the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University in 2005, a year after joining AU’s full-time faculty as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence. His book Shooting in the Wild has been made into a film for public television, and his new memoir, Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker, has just been published.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
Added Jul 10, 2015

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