Living With Wildlife 2.0 — An Animated Reminder to Be Bear Aware
Canmore-based filmmaker Leanne Allison has launched an interactive, animated companion piece to her 2017 film Living With Wildlife. With support from the Calgary Foundation, this new website, livingwtwildlife.ca, is mobile friendly and breaks down the key points from the Living With Wildlife film in such a way that they can be easily digested in a quick, interactive format.
With illustrations by Bow Valley-based artist Jason Thompson and text by local writer Fraser Los, Allison says she hopes the project will “help reinforce our own story of human-wildlife coexistence in the Bow Valley […] The challenge is that we have an endless need to educate new staff, visitors and new residents. The Living with Wildlife film and website are great tools that are being used by groups like WildSmart, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and the municipalities of Canmore and Banff to help fill that need.”
Living With Wildlife - the film
Living With Wildlife premiered at the Banff Mountain film festival and went on to festivals throughout the US, Europe and parts of Asia. It’s featured on the National Geographic Short Film Showcase as an example of how mountain towns can adapt and live with grizzly bears and other wildlife.
Got some time? Watch the full 23-minute Living with Wildlife movie.