Media & Communications
Story-telling is a powerful tool that inspires and empowers understanding of our world. GLOBIO was founded by a photographer who saw firsthand the role original story-telling could play in education and engaging audiences to learn and take positive action. Our Media & Communications Program works to create original content that can be used by GLOBIO and by our global partners, in exactly that role: inspire awareness and understanding.
In 2017 GLOBIO began working with Oscar-nominated director Skye Fitzgerald of Spin Film as fiscal sponsor to support other story-tellers. That in turn led GLOBIO, through its Apes Like Us project, to explore creating, producing and supporting 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 documentary format, and create educational materials that can 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** includes fiscal sponsorship of the latest film by Spin Film.
HUNGER WARD is the final Oscar-Nominated documentary in a trilogy of films about the global refugee crisis. Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, HUNGER WARD documents two women health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. The film provides an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine.
The project builds on Spin Film’s 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.
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.
Our channel is steadily increasing viewership, generating a supplementary revenue stream to offset production and administrative cost associated.
Talking Apes Podcast
We are always exploring new outreach opportunities to connect people to issues and information on our planet. In January 2021 GLOBIO launched our first podcast Talking Apes. Hosted by Gerry Ellis with guests at the forefront of great ape and primate research and conservation, Talking Apes has the potential to reach audiences in different ways to our YouTube and documentary productions.
Listen and Subscribe to Talking Apes – Now on iTunes!
Media & Communication News
April Primate of the Month: Ring-Tailed LemurThe Ring-Tailed Lemur Found only in Madagascar, lemurs are perhaps the most popular species on the island, with the Ring-Tailed Lemur being the best-known of them all! These mid-sized primates are quite common in zoos...
March Pachyderm of the Month: African Bush ElephantThe African Bush Elephant Pachyderms share the spotlight in March Primate of the Month to help GLOBIO celebrate 20 Years of Connecting Species, People, and Planet. Very few animals are as symbolic and widely...
Did you know it’s really Survival of the Friendliest NOT the fittest? Unless your fitness comes from being friendly, I suppose. Did you know that apes migrate? Or that orangutans sing? How about non-human apes can’t swim because their bones are too heavy? Or which...
**GLOBIO is not currently looking to create or fiscal sponsor any new film projects. In 2021 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 July 1, 2021.