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Wilderness Podcast's mission is to spread contextual awareness surrounding wilderness issues and ideals by helping to facilitate a more in-depth appreciation through long form interviews with subject area experts.

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Conservation Through Filmmaking | James Brundige | First Light Films | Ep. 042

James Brundige - First Light Films

Release Date: November 22nd, 2020

In this episode, I speak with James Brundige, an accomplished conservation and environmental filmmaker. We discuss the California and Oregon wildfires, the interconnectedness of the climate and biodiversity crisis, the impacts of climate change across the globe, about his life as a conservation filmmaker working for National Geographic, NOVA, PBS and others, film as the ultimate art form, his early years as a filmmaker, working with Robert Redford and his film Forever Wild, his important film Wildways, Nature Needs Half, The Club of Rome and The Global Safety Net among other topics.



About James

James Brundige grew up on the East Coast. Between Baltimore, Boston, and New York, he studied music, religion, photography, and golf. After a graduate degree in film scoring, he moved to New York city to ply the music trade, but soon realized that television would provide more opportunities to indulge in his love of the outdoors. Teaming up with David Breashears, James enjoyed many fine adventures from the Himalayas to the Amazon, survived a few grim shoots in Antarctica and Tibet, and managed to get paid for all this fun by making adventure and science films.

Since 1990, James has focused on environmental documentaries for PBS, BBC, NBC, ABC, Turner, Discovery, andNational Geographic. In 1996 James met Chelsea Congdon, an accomplished environmental activist also working in film. Since that time Chelsea and James have produced several award-winning films, two award-winning children, and a house in Old Snowmass Colorado. For more about James’ music career

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A passion project about Wilderness the place and wilderness the idea...

Wilderness Podcast is a passion project about wilderness and wild places, where I am attempting to tell the story of wilderness both past and present. In this program you will find a heavy focus on public lands and our National Wilderness Preservation System, but it also seeks to expand the scope of wilderness beyond distant landscapes.


The idea for this podcast came about after observing a growing public fascination and interest in the subject of wilderness. As more people become familiar with our public lands and wild places, the importance of meaningful, thought-provoking discourse has never been so crucial. This podcast is for everybody; from the enthusiast, to the wilderness newbie and everyone else in between. Most episodes are done interview style, where I talk with interest area experts about the history, ethics, people, wildlife and places that embody and epitomize wilderness ideals.


From national political issues like Bears Ears National Monument, The Tongass and the Gallatin Range. To broader subjects like the American Environmental Movement, the Wilderness Act and Art History. To people like Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, John Muir, Robert Marshall and Teddy Roosevelt. To environmental issues like climate change, public lands grazing, native fish and predators. To social issues like Leave No Trace and the impacts of social media on our wild places. I hope you will subscribe and follow along. Thanks for listening!

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