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Bethesda Faculty Down the Road with Professor Chris Palmer (Updated 5/4/10)

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Thursday, May 20 (2010), Off Campus Location

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The Office of Alumni Relations cordially invites you to a cocktail reception hosted by the School of Communication, featuring an illustrated presentation by Professor Chris Palmer, titled "Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom".

The thrilling, yet controversial and sometimes tragic, world of wildlife filmmaking has become a hugely popular entertainment genre, from Discovery¿s Animal Planet to the venerable BBC¿s Planet Earth. As cinematic technology brings ever-more-breathtaking images to the screen, and as our direct contact with nature diminishes, an expanding audience craves the indirect experience of wild nature that these films provide.

Using clips from his award-winning films on bears, wolves, whales and dolphins, veteran producer Chris Palmer offers a preview of his insights into the wildlife film business from his new book, Shooting in the Wild (Sierra Club Books). Palmer reveals a dark side to this world: a pervasive and troubling trend toward sensationalism, extreme risk-taking and even wildlife abuse in filmmaking.

He reports on the abuses that occur and profiles the many skilled and ethical filmmakers who are working to bring images and information about wild animals to the public in an inspiring, responsible way.

Chris Palmer is President of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation (which produces IMAX films) and CEO of VideoTakes, Inc. He also teaches on the full-time faculty at American University and directs the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at the School of Communication.

Complimentary admission includes hors d¿oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks. Professor Palmer will sign copies of his book, Shooting in the Wild, after the presentation.

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