Screens in front of Last Wild Places
USA, 2019, 111 min., English
The Louisiana Wetlands are a national treasure that few folks really know about. Filmmakers Nadia and Dominic Gill set out into this untold region to tell us more about a low-flying, high-risk happy pilot and the curious people who inhabit this incredible place in On a Wing and a Prayer, a section of the overall film Last Call for the Bayou.
DIR: Dominic Gill
PROD: Nadia Gill
EDITOR: Dominic Gill, Adam Tiller
Dominic Gill is a former environmental consultant who launched his career in filmmaking by riding a tandem bicycle from Alaska to Argentina while picking up strangers on the back. In 2008 he debuted his film on the subject at Banff Film Festival, taking home the Special Jury Prize with a distribution deal by the UK’s ITV4. In 2011 Dominic formed Encompass Films with his producing partner Nadia Gill. While working on his own feature directorial debut Coming To My Senses he also DP’d the forthcoming film Riders of Destiny premiering at Thessaloniki film festival in 2019. Dominic has won numerous awards for his publishing and film work, a select few include the National Outdoor Book Award, Hiscox Courage Award Austin Film Festival, & Best Feature Documentary Mammoth Film Festival.
USA, 2020, 60 min., English
The famed biologist E.O. Wilson has worked to start a campaign called Half Earth, which posits that we need to put aside fifty percent of the planet’s surface and dedicate it to animal species. It is a big, bold idea, and the National Geographic Society is making its own ambitious efforts on this with its own Campaign for Nature, which aims to protect thirty percent of the planet by 2030. Last Wild Places is a film that looks at different areas around the world where this effort is already underway, and it has to be given how quickly 2030 is coming up.
DIR: Vanessa Serrao and Sarah Joseph
PROD: Vanessa Serrao, Sarah Joseph
EXEC PROD: Vanessa Serrao
EDITOR: Dustin Sylvia
Vanessa Serrao is the Executive Producer of National Geographic Society’s Storytelling division. An award-winning filmmaker, producer, and media strategist, Vanessa specializes in telling stories about science, culture, and the intersection of the two. Her work has helped to raise millions of dollars for wildlife conservation, influenced communities to end poaching, and made complex scientific concepts accessible to a worldwide audience. Vanessa began her career producing on-air and online content for the Discovery Networks, where her work won a Webby and Emmy nomination. Since then, she has produced media for numerous networks and non-profit organizations, including Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, The Science Channel, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and the Jane Goodall Institute.
Filmmaker and wildlife biologist Dr. Sarah Joseph has traveled the world making films on subjects ranging from 3D-scanning a Sumatran rhino to uncovering mummies in Peru. As a senior producer for the National Geographic Society’s storytelling team, Sarah helps create films that highlight the work of National Geographic grantees around the world. She is passionate about fostering diverse perspectives in media and empowering the next generation of storytellers through presentations and workshops.