Conservation Through Filmmaking
Wilderness Podcast episode with James Brundige
Conservation Through Filmmaking | James Brundige | First Light Films | Ep. 042
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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.
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