Produced by: Arise Media / Archipelago Films, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
Finalist in: Engaging Young Scientists
Backyard Wilderness takes viewers on a surprising journey into the natural wonders right outside our doors. The film follows young Katie and her family who, absorbed by electronics and their busy modern lives, are blind to the real-life spectacle all around them.
Until, that is, a school project sends Katie outdoors, and sparks her gradual discovery of a whole new world. Audiences experience her backyard come alive—ducklings diving out of trees, salamanders dodging traffic, and coyote pups learning to hunt. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that, sometimes, in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things.