Director of Photography: Joe Riis
Produced & Edited by Jenny Nichols
Special Thanks to:
Bruce Means.Mark Synnott. Rebecca Martin. The National Geographic Expeditions Council. The North Face. Guyana Department of Environmental Protection. Guyana Ministry of Amerindian Affairs. The Village of Kopinang.
Synopsis the film:
"I hear the most beautiful sound in the world," says Dr. Bruce Means. He is referring to the call of a toad that he and his expedition team - North Face Climber Mark Synnott and National Geographic contributing photographer Joe Riis - traveled a long way to find. All the way to the tops of the Tepuis of South America. The Islands in the sky. Means has a hypothesis that he calls a paradigm shift in all of the work up until now concerning the age of the species living on Tepui summits as well as the age of the Tepuis themselves. This little toad is the missing link. In this short film, the team braves the elements and first time repels into crevices in search of this illusive pebble toad. If they find this toad, will they make it back out of the crevice? The expedition to the Tepuis was made possible by National Geographic Expeditions Council.
A Pongo Media Production
20 kids, 10 days, 4,000 photographs. This short follows the photographic expedition of a group of 20 Haitian youth, ages 12-19, as they travel from their city of Jacmel, Haiti to Parc la Visite for the first time to see and document the environmental risks facing their country. A story about 20 kids learning the power that they have when given the right tools to tell their own stories and take part in the future of their country. This short follows a ten day Frame of Mind Expedition. Frame of Mind empowers youth around the world to connect with their natural and cultural worlds through photography and visual storytelling. frameofmind.org/