ABS Film Festival
Mon July 29 & Tues July 30
Organizer: Mike Noonan

Now in its 30th year, the ABS Film Festival features outstanding film that portray important concepts in animal behavior research and education.  Categories include both amateur (non-commercial) and professional (commercial) films produced in the preceding five years.  In addition, ABS members are encouraged to bring short video clips of their own to share in an informal film event  (http://animalbehaviorsociety.org/absfilm).

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Animal Behavior Society Film Festival ABS is pleased to invite all conference participants to attend its 30th Annual Film Festival. Our festival honors outstanding amateur and professional films that portray important concepts in animal behavior research and education.

NON-COMMERCIAL CATEGORY: Monday 29, 2013 7:00pm to 9:30pm

UMC Ballrooms

Films made primarily for educational/research purposes, and not with the major goal of producing income. These are films made by individuals largely associated with animal behavior from a teaching, research, and/or applied perspective.

The Ambassadors Directed by EJ Horstman

The Ambassadors' takes an intimate look at Wolf Creek Habitat, a wolf sanctuary in central Indiana. This short piece brings up the topic of wolf conservation and the plight of the wild wolf.

Canine Interpretations: Hello, Who Are You Directed by Jessica Hebda Lawson

Canine Behaviorist Carolyn Andrejcak shares her personal story of how she came to be interested in the study of canine behavior. She describes how the study of wolf behavior has helped her with her business and points out both the similarities and differences between our dogs and wolves. By helping to build better relationships between dogs and their owners, she is helping us to truly become our dogs best friend.

El Proyecto del Mono Dril (The Drill Project) Directed byJustin Jay

Threatened with extinction by bushmeat trade, the Bioko Island drill remains one of the least studied species of monkeys in the world. Told through a native perspective, the film explores the intricate balance of life within the island's rain forest communities while providing the first ever view into the secret lives of wild drills. By learning about the important roles animals play in the forest we learn that the drills play a crucial part in maintaining biodiversity. With the arrival of a newly born drill into a group of wild drills, the film depicts the life history and ecology of never before seen wild animals. Through interviews of local researchers and villagers we learn that there are people working to protect these important species. Their work aims to diversify Equatorial Guineas economy while preserving life and saving the drills.

Ordinary Extraordinary Junco: Remarkable Biology from a Backyard Bird Directed by Jonathan Atwell

Say hello to the Junco, a common and abundant, yet amazing and diverse, group of songbirds. The same bird that can be found in the backyards of millions of North Americans has played a starring role in scientific discoveries for nearly a century. From the Appalachian mountains of Virginia to Wyoming's Grand Tetons--to remote highland sites in Mexico and Guatemala--to a small Pacific island 200 miles offshore--join researchers in their quest to understand evolution, animal behavior, physiology, and genetics by studying the Ordinary Extraordinary Junco. Designed for public and student audiences, this feature-length film is comprised of eight shorter (3-20min.) segments suitable for use as teaching modules.

Informal Film Clip Event

This new and exciting event is an opportunity for ABS members to show brief video clips depicting unique aspects of animal behavior obtained during their own observations of their favorite species. All members of the society are welcome to attend and participate.

COMMERCIAL CATEGORY: Tuesday 30, 2013, 7:30 to 9:30pm

UMC Ballrooms

Made by professional filmmakers with the express purpose of airing on broadcast television. Scientists may or may not be used as consulting experts, but typically the scientist is not the individual initiating production of the film.

Crocodiles – Caring Killers
Directed by Reinhard Radke

This documentary portrays crocodiles not only as clever hunters, but also as caring parents: crocodile mothers watch over their brood for more than three months. To protect their eggs from thieves, they enlist the aid of thick-knees, birds who share the same marshy habitat. Once the babies have hatched, the mother carries them gently to the water. In addition to sensational high-speed images, this film stands out for the first-ever recording of certain behavioral aspects of the giant reptiles.

The Moor
Directed by Jan Haft

Moors and bogs are oases in the cultivated landscape of Central Europe. Nature holds many surprises in a moor: It seems as if some of the most bizarre and colorful members of our native species live in the bog. Plants that eat animals live here and mushrooms that suck the life out of plants. The rutting dance of the Great snipes and the hatching of a great crane chick are just a few of the miracles happening in a moor every season. Today- the European Union is runner-up world champion in setting free hazardous greenhouse gases through the destruction of moors and bogs. The film shows the biodiversity of the often rarely recognized habitat - and it is a quiet appeal: Save and preserve the last intact moors!

Wild Scandinavia - Norway
Directed by Jan Haft

Coastal regions with a mild oceanic climate – just a stone’s throw away from harsh arctic tundra. Endless mountain ranges....interspersed with deep fjords....and dense forests. A sparsely populated country and animals that date back to the ice age. Norway is all of this and more. The film follows a herd of musk oxen as they wander the mountains of Dovrefjell National Park, rutting and mating in autumn and their struggle for survival in the long and harsh winter. The film also shows small, spectacular events like the singing and dancing of the Great snipe, the reproduction strategy of a dung moth, and the life of a grebe family on a small lake in the Norwegian mountains.

Wild Scandinavia - Sweden
Directed by Oliver Goetzl

Sweden – the country of skerries, forest, and elk. The high plateau of Sarek National Park are covered with snow for most of the year. Specialists like the Great Grey Owl, adapted to their frozen habitat, can hear its prey beneath the snow. For elk, winter is a particularly difficult time, without a green leaf to be found. During these months, they lose nearly one fifth of their body weight. At the time when Whooper Swans return to Sweden, most lakes are still frozen, but the pairs already defend their territories. In springtime, even the courtship of the Black Grouse is in full swing. The males abide by strict rules when fighting – their target is the rival’s red wattle: a fascinating animal behavior, for the first time unraveled with HD high-speed camera.


UMC 247

The following films will be screened in a continuous loop in Room UMC247. This will occur on a daily basis throughout the meeting. All conference participants are welcome to stop by to view the films at any time.

Commercial Category
"A Beastly Documentary" directed by Nuno Costa
"Adopted by Dolphins" directed by Ulf Marquardt
"Ant Wars" directed by Stefan Geier
"Jus" directed by Marcelo Didimo Vieira
"Our Forever Friends: A Love Story" directed by Gary Lester

Non-Commercial Category
"Are You Aware?" directed by Ovgu Akgurgen
"Bimbo" directed by Vincent Gargulio
"Covenant" directed by Michael Mercil
"Ghost Fish of the Wimahl" directed by David Saiget
"O Divin Bovin" directed by Alexandre Rufin
"Out of Our Minds" directed by Katherine Webbink
"Roots of Rescue" directed by Lola Visuals
"The Silent Demise of a Species" directed by Anne Hoffman
"Who's Afraid of the Cape Cod Bear?" directed by Maryanne Galvin