UP IN SMOKE
Title of film: Up In Smoke (Trailer)
Madagascar is one of the world’s “hottest” biodiversity hotspots, which means it is home to a high number of species that are only found in Madagascar and nowhere else in the world. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated that 94% of lemur species—all of which are only found in Madagascar— are threatened due to human-induced habitat disturbance.
Uncontrolled fires have played a major role in the loss of forest cover in Madagascar. Unfortunately, Madagascar also suffers from immense poverty, and people often exploit the habitat simply to feed their families. Community involvement, education, and direct financial benefits are needed if the lemurs and the remaining forest are to be protected in one of the world’s poorest countries. This film will highlight issues of human-wildlife interactions in Madagascar and will illustrate why a healthy ecosystem is beneficial to both humans and wildlife.
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I had an amazing experience working with Chris Scarffe on a conservation education documentary he filmed for our organization Planet Madagascar. In spite of challenging conditions, visiting remote areas of Madagascar, Chris managed to get stunning and powerful shots and more to make the documentary possible. He offered a wide set of skills to help us get the documentary off the ground including writing, filming, and editing. I highly recommend Chris and I’ll definitely turn to him for any future filming needs.
Travis Steffens, Founder & Director of Planet Madagascar
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