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June 14, 2012

3rd Annual Hamptons Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Southampton, New York—Reported by Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

While many film festivals focus their attentions on the art, artist and culture, the Hamptons Wildlife Conservation Film Festival has altogether different designs.

While still showcasing a variety of carefully-constructed and thought-provoking films, the festival—now in its third year—seeks to educate and entertain audiences about the importance of protecting our planet’s species, habitats and ultimate well-being. In other words: The 3rd Annual Hamptons Wildlife Conservation Film Festival is less about film and more about the preservation of all that inspires, creates and consumes it.

Ensuring that each film, including titles such as The Lion Tree and Tortuguero: Epicenter of Sea Turtle Conservation, lands with appropriate impact organizers have enlisted the help of experts from around the world. Renowned veterinarian, wildlife expert and Co-Director of the Mountain Gorilla Vet Project, Dr. Mike Cranfield will be appear on the festival’s guest panel, alongside representatives from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS ), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to name a only a few. Together they will provide audiences with a professional look at both the challenges our fragile eco-system currently faces and the efforts we can make to meet them head on.

In the end the 3rd Annual Hamptons Wildlife Conservation Film Festival poses the question: What is the point of film, and the beauty that it captures, if we are no longer around to see it? And whether or not you’re a film buff, activist or simply a curious and concerned member of the planet that we occupy, we can all agree: This is one question that is truly worth answering.


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