Film & Media
Images are powerful tools that inspire and empower understanding of our world. GLOBIO was founded by a photographer who saw firsthand the role film and video could play in education and engaging audiences to learn and take positive action. Our Film & Media Program works to create original content that can be used by GLOBIO and by our global partners, in exactly that role, to educate and influence.
Apes Like Us
The Apes Like Us channel on YouTube is the visual heart of our great apes education outreach. It has the opportunity to reach millions of global viewers on multiple device platforms with a visually powerful message about the value and importance of great apes surviving on our planet.
Not yet self-funding the channel does, via steadily increasing viewership, generate a supplementary revenue stream to offset production and administrative cost associated.
In 2017 GLOBIO began working with Oscar-nominated director Skye Fitzgerald of Spinfilms to support other story-tellers. That in turn led to GLOBIO, through its Apes Like Us project, to explore creating and producing longer form film documentaries, which could tell more complex stories less suited to broadcast on our YouTube channel. The potential to tell stories in a longer documentary format, 40-90 minutes, and create educational materials the can be used to support the films is opening new opportunities for our work to seen and used by audiences in formal and in-formal education ‑ expanding on our effort to engage a wider audience in Connecting Species, People, Planet.
Our current documentary film projects** include one by Apes Like Us Films, and fiscal sponsorship of the latest film by Spinfilms.
**GLOBIO is not currently looking create or fiscal sponsor any new film projects. In 2020 we will re-examine our project load. If you have a project you would like us to consider please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org after January 2021.
Before They’re Gone
Our first internal documentary film is a collaboration between Emmy-winning producer Tracy MacDonald and Apes Like Us creator Gerry Ellis. As co-producers/co-creators on this first film they are exploring the role of inspirational women in great ape survival and conservation, both as pioneers and a new generation of role-models.
More about the film and the co-producers at Before They’re Gone
HUNGER WARD is to be the final documentary in a trilogy of films about the global refugee crisis. The project builds on Spinfilms’ previous two films: 50 Feet from Syria and LIFEBOAT. In 2016, 50 Feet from Syria was voted onto the Oscars Shortlist. In 2019, LIFEBOAT was nominated for an Academy Award. The film has also been nominated for a National Emmy for best Current Affairs Documentary. Together the first two films of the Refugee Trilogy have garnered dozens of international awards.
Learn more about Spinfilm.
Film & Media News
Talking Apes is our newest series on our Apes Like Us YouTube channel connecting you to the people and events that matter most to apes like us. Every month Talking Apes brings you a conversation with primatologists and conservationists, filmmakers and writers, rescue...
September Primate of the Month: Western Lowland GorillaWestern Lowland Gorilla While Mountain Gorillas may have the late Dian Fossey as their claim to fame, Western Lowland Gorillas have become well known through their use in zoos and because of the infamous...
August Primate of the Month: Sumatran OrangutanSumatran Orangutan As one of the most critically endangered apes, with fewer than 14,000 individuals remaining in the wild (as of 2016 estimates), the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is a significant piece of the...
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