Red Wolf Revival (2015)


24 min | Co-produced with Roshan Patel

Funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign ($18,000) and grant funding by the Southern Documentary Fund. Featured on the World Channel in  Reel South's Season 2, a collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF).

Today, the red wolf is facing a decision that will ultimately decide its fate as a species. Over the course of its history, it has gone from abundant to extinct in the wild, and finally exists today as a small re-introduced wild population near the coast of North Carolina. This year, the state requested that the federal government list the species extinct in the wild and terminate its official support for the re-introduction program. This would make the red wolf extinct in the wild for the second time in thirty years. In an effort to understand how this decision came to be, and before the federal government makes their decision, Red Wolf Revival aims to help facilitate an open dialogue about the future of red wolves. Is there room for this predator, or is it facing its final days? What does this decision mean for other endangered species in the US? The film features landowners, writers, scientists, politicians, and concerned citizens and examines the cultural landscape in the region, how the story became urgent, and the implications of the decisions to come. With the fate of the red wolves at stake, Red Wolf Revival investigates whether or not they can still survive in their last wild home in North Carolina.

  • Best Short Film at International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

  • Conservation Award at International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

  • Best Documentary at Progeny Film Festival 2016

  • Semi-Finalist at G2 Green Film Festival 2016

  • Finalist Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2016