Film poster showing White Red Green horizontal areas with an image of an elephant, a young boy, giraffe and animals--the bottom is black with title of the film.

Millions of species are threatened with extinction because of humans. Nowhere is this reality for wildlife more pronounced than in Kenya. In a country the size of Texas with twice the number of people, the population explosion is putting humans and wildlife in constant competition for limited resources and space. It’s the perfect recipe for conflict.

The Hunter Legacy:  Conflict, Survival, and Extinction in Modern Kenya
Individual Film Screening and Community Discussion
Speaker:  Mr. Hunter Sykes, Filmmaker, Coldstream Creative Films

Film Screening: via individual email link, watched anytime prior to discussion

Community Discussion: 
Thursday, May 6, 2021
6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time
Online via Zoom (details below)

About the Film

This film is the first documentary to tell the real story behind Kenya’s present-day struggles with human-wildlife conflict. Using never before seen video footage from 1937—taken by the family of filmmaker Hunter Sykes—of famous big game hunter-turned conservationist J.A. Hunter, we are guided through Kenya by his grandson, Alex Hunter, to learn about the on-ground efforts of four conservancies. Each offers a unique approach to mitigating the (often tragic) encounters between humans and wildlife.

Film Trailer

About the Filmmaker

Hunter grew up among the mountains of Colorado but has spent his life enjoying the activities and opportunities offered by mountains, deserts, and the sea, having worked as a guide and instructor of numerous outdoor sports as well as consulted on marine, terrestrial, recreational, and energy policy.  He has a BA in History with a minor in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California.  In addition to writing, directing and editing on Coldstream Creative film projects, he also has experience consulting with private industry and non-profit organizations on a variety of environmental issues including sustainable development and tourism, ski area development issues, environmental research and assessment, energy conservation analysis and design, and sustainability marketing.  He lives in Durango, Colorado.

About the Event

Registered attendees will receive a link via email to stream the film and can watch it anytime prior to the discussion.  The film runs 77 minutes.   We anticipate the link to be sent to all registered attendees roughly a week prior to the discussion.  Please only watch the film one time, and likewise, please do not share the link with anyone who did not register.  We will meet at 6:00pm Pacific Time on Thursday, May 6 on Zoom (details below) for a discussion and Q&A with The Hunter Legacy filmmaker Hunter Sykes.  The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jason Scorse, Chair of the Intl. Environmental Policy program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Director, Center for the Blue Economy.  

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