Gail Rose never imagined she’d be wrangling deer in her sixties in the Shenandoah Valley but after her deer farmer husband dies, she’s left with her promise to keep the farm going no matter what. No one could predict how things would end up for Gail, the deer, or the farm in this quirky, uplifting tale of the life of a farmer.
OK this might be a stretch, but if Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine has "moves like Jagger," this wildlife filmmaker has "moves like Goodall." At least according to the Chairman of the National Geographic Society, Gil Grosvenor.
During production of the film, Kim Wolhuter and I had the great pleasure to show a few clips to Mr. Grosvenor at a large event at the Society. He commented that this clip reminded him of the famous moment when the chimpanzee touched Jane Goodall's nose. Having him make this connection about our film was one of the greatest moments I (or Kim I think) ever experienced at National Geographic.
In truth (and being a bit more modest), it's not nearly as significant as Jane's relationship and work with the chimpanzees. But, it was an important sequence in the film because it changed the way a lot of people thought about spotted hyenas. When companies like Disney (whom I revere for so many other reasons) can trash an animal the way they did the hyena in Lion King, it takes a great deal of work to get people to think differently and restore that animal's reputation. The Lion King image of the "goose-stepping Nazi" hyenas, not to mention the stupid, slobbering characters they play in the balance of the film -- these are undeserved portrayals of what is truly an extraordinary animal.
SAFARI SISTERS is a series of six, character-driven, half-hour wildlife films, written and produced by Kathryn Pasternak for Animal Planet International, 2008. This brief clip from episode six, on African painted dogs, shows some unusual wildlife social behavior. Cinematography and editing by Barend Van der Watt. Additional cinematography by Kim Wolhuter.