From the deepest oceans to the highest peaks, Mother Nature’s beautiful and awe-inspiring handiwork has fascinated filmmakers for as long as there has been film. But as those environments face increasing crises with extinction, industrial damage, and the encroachment of human development, moviemakers have used their cameras to help sound the alarm. At the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the forthcoming “Tiger Tiger” will shine a light on a majestic animal whose days are numbered unless action is taken.
Directed by George Butler (“Pumping Iron“), the film centers on Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, a big cat conservationist and CEO of Panthera, an organization dedicated to their protection. Rabinowitz is on a mission to save the little more than three thousand tigers left living in the wild, and “Tiger Tiger” follows him into the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, one of largest and largely unexplored big cat habitats. However, Rabinowitz is battling leukemia, and he strives to accomplish as much as possible while he still can. As you’ll see in the trailer below, this looks like a beautifully photographed documentary that isn’t just about the survival of an animal, but also a conservationist’s legacy.
“Tiger Tiger” premieres this afternoon at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Watch below.