SCREENING SELECTION 2021
Nominated for Best Short Documentary
Country: New Zealand
Director: James Muir
Writer: James Muir
Producer: James Muir
This short film is a poetic Natural History documentary that looks at the animals and environments of the Ross Sea and Sub Antarctic Islands. All footage was shot during a voyage with Heritage Expeditions in February/March 2017. The waters of Antarctica are some of the most pristine wilderness on earth. All life here relies solely on the bounty of the Southern Ocean. Some bold moves are being made to give conservation protection to this important earth system. However as we give protection to large remote areas of ocean it makes us realise that our coastlines close to home also need protection in order to sustain life on earth.
Drawn to the stories that reveal the relationship between nature and human nature. James enjoys re-telling these stories that can be an adventure into the great wilderness that is the natural world and a journey into the inspiring lives of others. Director/DoP/Editor and natural history cinematographer. James is also a biologist specialising in behavioural ecology and conservation.
Learning filmmaking with Natural History New Zealand and gaining a Masters Degree in Science Communication. His films have earned many international awards including his short documentaries; River Dog, Love in a Little Town, Antarctic Waters, Mauri o te Kauri and Pigman. River Dog won 12 awards at film festivals around the globe, including the Best of Fest at Japan Wildlife Film Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK). He runs a production company called Citizen Creative from his beachside town in Coromandel, New Zealand. www.citizencreative.nz