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
Bienvenidos to Biodiversity | a GLOBIO Adventure Sitting in the airport and replaying the last nearly two weeks of Costa Rica exploration behind the camera lens – did we get enough? Should we have headed to North camp one more time? How on earth can we...
No room for African apes. That appears to be the verdict of a new study published in the journal Diversity and Distributions predicts massive range declines of Africa’s great apes – gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos – due to the impacts of climate change, land-use...
Much of this blog was drawn from a conversation with Dr. Rick Quinn on our Talking Apes podcast, and from his wonderful book, Just Like Us: A Veterinarian’s Visual Memoir of Our Vanishing Great Ape Relatives. One of my favorite quotes is from Saint Augustine, “The...
**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.