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HOTSPOTS (View Trailer)
A Dancing Star Foundation Production
In Collaboration with Conservation International
Written and Directed by Michael Tobias
Produced by Jane Gray Morrison and Michael Tobias
Co-Produced by Haroldo Castro
Associate Producer Karine Dinev
Co- Executive Producer Don Cannon

Hosted by Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier


Based upon the book, HOTSPOTS Revisited: Earth's Biologically Richest And Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions, by Russell A. Mittermeier,*1), this expeditionary feature film documentary shows how many conservation efforts are succeeding throughout the world; and what it takes - in the trenches - to negotiate a sustainable future for life on Earth. Locations in Madagascar, Brazil, Peru, Chile, the U.S. and New Zealand were chosen as critical representatives of the 35 terrestrial hotspots thus far identified by scientists at Conservation International. The film reveals numerous primates, avians, rodents, bats, insects, reptiles, amphibians, unique plants and human cultural artifacts, some never before filmed. Several new species are recorded on film for the first time.

While stylistically incorporating behind-the-scenes realities of conservation filmmaking itself, the feature film HOTSPOTS is driven by an analysis of representative key critical habitats throughout the world most in need of conservation; of techniques that are working to save the most number of threatened, endangered and vulnerable species and genera; and the future outlooks for numerous regions across the planet where there is a good likelihood that well-tuned science, community conservation, government commitment, and informed philanthropic choices can make a huge difference.

Countless colleagues, research specialists, scientific organizations, government agencies and NGOs played key roles in the making of this feature film odyssey.

*1 The complete list of co-authors includes: Russell A. Mittermeier, Patricio Robles Gil, Michael Hoffmann, John Pilgrim, Thomas Brooks, Crisitina Goettsch Mittermeier, John
Lamoreux, Gustavo A. B. Da Fonseca, Preface by Peter A. Seligmann, Foreword by Harrison Ford, CEMEX 2004, working with Conservation International and Arupación Sierra Madre.

The international version of HOTSPOTS – One version at 89 minutes and one version of 2x53 minutes in length, is distributed by 10 Francs:

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