Film & Video
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 & Video 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 March 2020.
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 & Video News
Where is Gerry now? Now I find myself back in Zambia, at the end of the Copperbelt. A desolated piece of Earth robbed of virtually all life by the greed of a world desperate for copper. Copper for everything from electrical wires, and cooking pots, to electronics and...
Is it my Western impatience, or the urgency of wanting to tell this story, or film-maker wanting to work impatience, or little kid wanting adventure impatience, or is it the confluence of all those? I’m not certain, but ten days of quarantine, while we make certain...
After weeks of digging through old files, clips, interviews, and oh so much B-roll of great apes, we have just released our new pre-trailer for the Before They’re Gone film. And before I type another word - huge thanks to my co-creator Tracy MacDonald and editor Matt...
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