15-0251 Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico
Produced by Windfall Films
Categories as a finalist: People & Nature, Conservation Hero
Director Tom Mustill and his small team spent 3 months with Conservation Hero 'the Bat Man' Rodrigo Medellin. Crawling through guano-filled caves to tell the unknown but inspiring story of his lifelong passion and success in saving one of the worlds most important but least popular animals. Surviving being hit by two hurricanes, losing the bats, and the relentless guano, the team and the film was helped by Rodrigo's great sense of humour, and excellent taste in Tequila! For Tom, a former conservation biologist turned producer/director, it was an unusual opportunity: to tell a story of hope and excitement in conservation, and to follow a lead for whom English was a second language. The timing was also key - we Tom joined Rodrigo at the moment his long career had finally produced one of the world's great conservation success stories, a light for the rest of the field to follow. And Rodrigo isn't done yet!