The Bay of Life, screening with: Back to Camp
Documentary Feature, 60 mins
Synopsis: Renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting's film celebrates the Monterey Bay, his home ground for the past 30 years. Frans explores images and stories about the Monterey Bay region--one of the hottest hot spots for biodiversity in North America, according to The Nature Conservancy.
The Bay's natural richness is due to an unusual combination of microclimates onshore and physical features offshore, and Frans's presentation will tie together terrestrial and marine environments to show the dynamic linkages between them. He portrays the Monterey Bay the way he has profiled exotic ecosystems on other continents, but with a personal perspective embedded in the story. His images feature a remarkable cast of characters, from mountain lions and condors to sea otters and elephant seals, in a place that represents a unique convergence of land and sea, where endangered endemics mix with cosmopolitan migrants.
Director: Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom
FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he earned a master’s degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning. Soon after, he began photographing the natural world–and never turned back. For three decades he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet.
CHRIS ECKSTROM is a writer, editor, and videographer whose work celebrates the wonder of the natural world and seeks to explore how people and wildlife can coexist. For the past twenty-five years she has worked with her husband and partner, Frans Lanting, on field assignments from the Amazon to Mongolia. Her stories have appeared in National Geographic, Audubon, International Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, and other international publications. Her National Geographic Traveler story about Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, “The Last Real Africa,” earned her a Lowell Thomas Award for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel.
Back to Camp
Documentary short, 9 mins
Synopsis: At 40 years old, Ashley finds herself at mid-life and questioning the meaning of all that came before it. Feeling empty, confused and uncertain how to move forward in her life she decides to go back to the one place that never changes, but always changes you...Summer Camp.
Director: Ashley Mosher
Ashley says...I’ve been a storyteller my whole life…but I never knew it. It took living 42 years, having 5 careers and two marriages to fully admit it. With 2 short films, a handful music videos, and having supported one National Geographic feature film, Holy (Un)Holy River, under my belt, I embrace it. My first two films, Love Biscuit and Back to CAMP, have been screened in festivals, won some awards, and have hopefully inspired many more people then that, but this isn’t what makes me a storyteller.
At 36, I made a huge shift from the linear life of an elite athlete to the non-linear life of an artist. I began creating live music videos of high profile artists for our non-profit, Feed Them With Music. I was self-taught and knew just enough to throw myself into the fire. There was no other choice really, people were starving around the world and needed food. My role was to find a way to inspire others to do the feeding.
Today, my work is determined by my own desire to nourish our world. Each project I create depicts the breadth of my life experiences, as well as those of who or what I am capturing. I love that life is at once both complex and incredibly simple. What is true for me is that nothing is of greater importance than being in alignment with our true self, which is an intricate and tricky endeavor. However, there is only one path to revealing our Truth…Love. Love is born from vulnerability, uncertainty…a NOT knowing. And I don’t know much…maybe that’s why I can’t help but create. I am seeking answers and, I suppose, that’s what truly makes me a storyteller.