The 3rd Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival at Crosby Street Hotel
212-967-6900 $18 Individual Series | $40 Panel Discuss | $175 Festival Pass
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The third annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City. The Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals (WCFF) screen some of the finest conservation, natural history and wildlife documentary films in the world. The New York City festival will highlight causes and themes pertinent to the wider public including the ivory trade, homeless captive tigers in America, human-wildlife conflict issues, the disappearance of Asian elephants, and many more. To kick off the New York festival, there will be an opening night reception fundraiser on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at I Tre Merli in Soho, New York benefiting EcoHealth Alliance. This intimate gathering will feature prestigious animal experts, surprise guests and an exclusive silent auction. On Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 8:30 pm, there will be an Awards Ceremony and Panel Discussion featuring prominent guests including Bob Simon (CBS Evening News ’60 Minutes’), Dr. Mike Cranfield (Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project), Janet Hess (Series Producer – ‘NATURE’), Dr. William Karesh (Vice President EcoHealth Alliance, President OIE Working Group on Wildlife Diseases, Co-Chair IUCN Species Survival Commission) presented with an award for Outstanding Leadership in Conservation Medicine , Kelvin Alie (International Fund for Animal Welfare – IFAW) and Bryan Christy(Investigative Reporter – National Geographic). Additionally, Professor E. O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, biologist, researcher, conservationist and author will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Protection of Biodiversity. WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Series 1 – Whales & Sea Turtles – 6:30 – 8:30pm In the Eye of the Whale | Where the Whales Sing | Lolita the Orca | Tortuguero: Epicenter of Sea Turtle Conservation Q&A with Daniel Azarian Series 2 – Big Cats – 9:00 – 11:00pm Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey | Removed | My Pantanal Q&A with Andrea Heydlauff, Vice President – PANTHERA Friday, February 1, 2013 Series 3 – Southeast Asia – 6:30 – 8:30pm Last Elephants in Thailand | North-Eastern Diaries: Kaziranga-Land of the Rhino & Tiger | The Orphaned Orangutan Q&A with Michele Mizner Series 4 – Sharks & Rays – 9:00 – 11:00pm A Lateral Line | Walter and the Tigers | Death of a Deity | White Shark Café | Manta Ray of Hope | Shark Culture | Befriending Giants | Day of the Tiger Saturday, February 2, 2013 Series 5 – Central & South America – 11:00am – 1:00pm Meet the Sloths | Amazon Alive-Part 1: Jungle of the Mind | Cotton Tops Series 6 – Africa Theme – 1:30 – 3:30pm Saving the Arabian Leopard | Lady & Higgins | There’s a Rhino in my House | Elephant in Crisis Special Guest Speaker – National Geographic Investigative Reporter, Bryan Christy Series 7 – Australia Theme – 4:00 – 6:00pm Wombat | Koala Hospital | A Kangaroo Like Alice | Cassowaries Series 8 – American West – 6:30 – 8:30pm The Return | Black Footed Ferrets | The Eagle Has Landed | Death of a Forest Q&A with Jonathan Proctor, Defenders of Wildlife Series 9 – Award Ceremony & Panel Discussion – 9:00 – 10:30pm “Conservation of a Population, One Mountain Gorilla at a Time” – Dr. Mike Cranfield, Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project “State of Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century” | Siberian Tiger Quest – Short Film – Janet Hess, Series Producer, NATURE “Man-Made Epidemics” – Dr. William Karesh, Vice President, EcoHealth Alliance; Co-Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission; President, OIE Working Group on Wildlife Diseases; Director, USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats, presented with an Award for Outstanding Leadership in Conservation Medicine “TBA” - Bob Simon, CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes “IFAW and INTERPOL’s Work on the Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking Across the Globe” - Kelvin Alie, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Sharpening the Axe – Short Film “Blood Ivory” – Bryan Christy, Investigative Reporter, National Geographic Elephants in Crisis – Short Film Professor E. O. Wilson honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for the Protection of Biodiversity