Sunday, August 11 | 6 PM | $15 ($10 for Friends of SAC)
Presented with Empowers Africa
Join us for an hour of thought-provoking, moving, and inspirational short films in celebration of World Elephant and World Lion Day. In conjunction with the exhibition on view, National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore.
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary by Ami Vitale – 4 min
Dave Mathews Visits Reteti Elephant Sanctuary by Ami Vitale – 3:40 min
Maasai Olympics – Funded by Big Life Foundation/Made by Black Bean Productions – 8:07 mins
Lion Relocation – Funded by Empowers Africa/Made by Black Bean Productions – 6:03 mins
Tsavo Trust – Holistic Conservation by Tsavo Trust. 8 mins
Last of the Big Tuskers – by James Currie, Greg Nelson, Tom Mahamba and Johan Marais. 37.33 mins
About Ami Vitale
Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale has traveled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit— keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.” In 2009, after shooting a powerful story on the transport and release of one the world’s last white rhinos, Ami shifted her focus to today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories.
Instyle Magazine named Ami one of fifty Badass Women, a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done. She appeared alongside a group of incredible women including Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has been named Magazine photographer of the year in the International Photographer of the Year prize, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association, among others. She is a five-time recipient of World Press Photos, including 1st Prize for her 2018 National Geographic magazine story about a community in Kenya protecting elephants. She recently published a best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas. Vitale was the subject of the Mission Cover Shot series on the National Geographic Channel as well as another documentary series featuring Madagascar (Over the Islands of Africa). She lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series, and she frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every international publication and exhibited around the world in museums and galleries. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, an organization of renowned female scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers working together to create powerful and persuasive stories that shed light on the hardships women in developing countries face and the programs that can help them. She is also on the Photojournalism Advisory Council for the Alexia Foundation.
Currently based in Montana, Ami Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Black Bean Productions
Established in 2012 by James Suter and Oli Caldow, Black Bean Productions was formed with the purpose of creating diverse web content, that is genuine and consistently high in quality. Content is the single most important and sought-after commodity on the web and Black Bean Productions works to create content for their clients that is relevant, clear and compelling. They have had their work represented in many film festivals with several winning awards. To see more of their films of their films, please visit.
Tsavo Trust is an action orientated, field-based, Kenyan not-for-profit conservation organization that works to give the wildlife and people of Tsavo the right to a future.
Headquartered in the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA), specifically within Kamungi Conservancy on Tsavo East National Park’s northern boundary, we are a team of professionals from the world of conservation and wildlife management, with a long history of living and working in the Tsavo region, and an understanding of its importance to Kenya.
The TCA holds significant wildlife populations, both inside and outside the National Parks, including extremely large numbers of high value species – elephant and black rhino (40% and 18% of Kenya’s populations, respectively).
We are working towards protecting wildlife and its habitat as well as promoting community engagement in conservation challenges in the TCA, Kenya. Tsavo Trust is committed to working in partnership with governmental, nongovernmental, community and private stakeholders to attain a shared vision for a sustainable future for the TCA.
Big Life Foundation
Big Life Foundation’s mission is to partner with communities to protect nature for the benefit of all. Protecting over 1.6 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa, Big Life Foundation partners with local communities to protect nature for the benefit of all. Since its inception, Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangers—with more than 30 permanent outposts and tent-based field units, 13 Land Cruiser patrol vehicles, 3 tracker dogs, and 2 planes for aerial surveillance. Their vision is a world in which conservation supports the people and people support conservation.
Co-founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt, conservationist Richard Bonham, and entrepreneur Tom Hill, Big Life was the first organization in East Africa to establish coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations.
Using innovative conservation strategies and collaborating closely with local communities, partner NGOs, national parks, and government agencies, Big Life seeks to protect and sustain East Africa’s wildlife and wild lands, including one of the greatest populations of elephants left in East Africa.
The first organization in East Africa with coordinated anti-poaching teams operating on both sides of the Kenya-Tanzania border, Big Life recognizes that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a community-based collaborative approach. This approach is at the heart of Big Life’s philosophy that conservation supports the people and people support conservation.
Big Life has established a successful holistic conservation model in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem that can be replicated across the African continent.
The Last of the Big Tuskers
In December of 2013 the largest elephant in the world was seen for the last time. His name in Zulu was Isilo, which means “king of kings”. He was much-loved by many and still has his own Facebook page with over 15,000 fans! Conservationists searched months on end for his body until in late March of 2014 the carcass of the giant was found in the African bush, his magnificent nine-foot tusks GONE. Tom Mahamba was one of the last people to see Isilo alive in Tembe Elephant Park, the place he calls home on the South African side of the border with Mozambique.
Last of the Big Tuskers focuses on the life of Isilo and what is being done to save the planet’s last remaining 40 big tuskers 15 big tuskers (updated October of 2018).
About the Makers of The Last of the Big Tuskers
Last of the Big Tuskers was born out of producer James Currie’s love for elephants and a little known wilderness called Maputaland in the northeastern corner of South Africa. A life-long wildlife enthusiast, published author and native of South Africa, James Currie has much experience in the wildlife TV arena. James hosts and produces the popular birding TV show, Nikon’s Birding Adventures, on Discovery’s Destination America. He also hosted the popular action-birding show Aerial Assassins on National Geographic WILD and Twitchers on the National Geographic Channel.
Greg’s Nelson’s TV began with the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) where he worked as a news cameraman and editor for 10 years. Greg covered the release of Nelson Mandela for WTN and worked for Associated Press. He was contracted for two years to ITN Channel 4 News as a multi-skilled Cameraman/Editor, working in Africa and the Far East where he assisted in establishing a Hong Kong Bureau. Greg’s childhood passion for the natural world and his creative eye led to him working as a director of photography (DOP) for leading international wildlife outlets: Discovery Channel, BBC, National Geographic, and Animal Planet. He has much experience filming elephants and was the DOP for the film When Giants Fall (2015).
Tom Mahamba is one of the lead characters in Last of the Big Tuskers. Tom was born in Maputaland and was a guide and manager at Tembe Lodge in Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa. Tom had a deeply personal relationship with Isilo and knew the legendary elephant better than almost anyone. Tom is somewhat of a legend as a guide at the park and many visitors remember him for his welcoming smile and bubbling personality. His was a life-long passion for elephants and conservation, and he was deeply involved in efforts to preserve the big tusker elephants of Tembe for generations to come.
Johan Marais is the world’s undisputed authority on big tuskers and has written several books on the subject. He is also a respected veterinarian who specializes in large mammals like elephants and his insights into the big tuskers of Africa are incredibly valuable to the future conservation of these giants and their genes. Johan has traveled all across Africa in his quest to photograph and document the last big tuskers on the planet.
ABOUT EMPOWERS AFRICA
Empowers Africa is a U.S. public charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3) that supports programs in the areas of human empowerment, wildlife protection and land conservation in sub-Saharan Africa.
The organization partners with some of the most effective organizations on the ground in Africa whose efforts create lasting and sustainable change. Since inception, Empowers Africa has granted to over 35 organizations in 15 countries. The foundation’s focus is on:
- funding programs in communities that surround protected conservation and wildlife areas or World Heritage Sites
- funding programs in urban communities where tourism is a strong source of development and
- funding programs that support the protection of wildlife and land conservation
Partial funding for FILM provided by Suffolk County.