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July 10, 2005
Series, Held in French Regional Park Visitor Center Every Wednesday Evening July 13 to August 17, Will Showcase Rare Footage of Wolves in Global Environments Unfamiliar to Most Visitors.
The International Wolf Center and Three Rivers Parks District is presenting a Wolves of the World Film Series. The films will be shown in the Oakwood Room of the French Regional Park Visitors Center, located just off County Road 9 in Plymouth, Minnesota. The series will feature weekly screenings of six of the best contemporary wolf documentaries in the world taken from the Center's Wolves of the World Film Festival taking place in Ely all summer long.
The series premiere is Wednesday, July 13, at 7pm featuring the film, Desert Wolves of India. Desert Wolves of India is a stunningly beautiful film about the Indian subspecies of the gray wolf and its struggle to survive on an increasingly human-dominated landscape.
Many of the films feature rare footage of wolves in the wild. "This summer, through the film series, people can see and experience wolves raising pups in India, exploring a European city at night, fishing for spawning salmon in British Columbia, fleeing from domestic dogs in Ethiopia, and hunting bison in Yellowstone," says Jim Williams, Assistant Director for the Center, a non-profit education organization. "For folks only familiar with the wolves of the Upper Midwest, the mix of the familiar and the exotic presented in these films is very powerful."
Historically, wolves ranged throughout much of the northern hemisphere. Despite centuries of persecution and habitat destruction, they still survive today in large portions of the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North America. Although wolves may differ a great deal in appearance, these far-flung wolf populations are closely related and share basic traits including organization in extended family groups called packs, preferential hunting of large hoofed mammals.
Each film in the series highlights a different global wolf population. Wolves and their environments in India, Romania, Michigan, Yellowstone, British Columbia, and Ethiopia are all represented. The series has garnered major support from film production companies including National Geographic, the BBC, Northern Michigan University Public Television, and Film Option International, who dramatically reduced or waived their normal fees as they see the great benefit to the viewing public who will see a cross-section of the world of wolves today.
Admission is a suggested donation of $6 per person payable at the door. The full schedule for the film festival is on the International Wolf Center web site at www.wolf.org. French Regional Park is located just off of County Road 9/Rockford Road, East of 494 in Plymouth.
Founded in 1985, the International Wolf Center is a nonprofit educational organization that advances the survival of wolf populations around the world by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future. The Center pursues this mission through educational initiatives that include a membership program, learning adventures, an interpretive center in Northern Minnesota, international conferences, youth outreach programs, teacher education resources and workshops, a quarterly magazine, and Web site, www.wolf.org.
Three Rivers Park District, formerly Hennepin Parks, is a natural resources-based park system that manages more than 27,000 acres of park reserves, regional parks, regional trails and special-use facilities in the Twin Cities area. The Park District offers facilities for every season, including: picnicking, swimming, creative play, boating, fishing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, golf, camping and sledding; extensive trails for hiking, biking, in-line skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as program sites for nature, recreation, historic and farm education.
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