Story of the Wild - Nat Geo Wild Africa short film by Alex Goetz

In 2016 we were so excited to hear that our short film "To The Explorers," had won Nat Geo Wild's "Wild to Inspire" short film competition at Sun Valley Film Festival. In winning this competition, we were sent to Africa to film for Nat Geo Wild. We spent a total of 5 weeks traveling through 4 different African countries, filming BTS content for Nat Geo's Safari Live program, and searching for Africa's most iconic, endangered, and even some under-appreciated, wildlife.

This short film showcases some of the wild situations we encountered during our time there. Enjoy! 

Saving the Tasmanian Devil - The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium/PBS by Alex Goetz

In 2015 I spent 3.5 weeks following Tasmanian Devil researchers and biologists throughout the Tasmanian countryside. 90% of Tasmanian Devils have been killed by a contagious cancer that appeared in 1996. Our job: to catch as many wild devils as we can and collect sample materials for researchers, to ultimately find a cure for these iconic animals.

PBS Synopsis: "The wild population of Tasmanian Devils, an iconic, yet often misunderstood species, has experience a devastating 90% mortality rate since the discovery of Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) on their native island in 1996. Follow the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium as they join researchers and biologists working to save one of the world's most unique animals."

Produced by The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
Directed, Filmed, and edited by Alex Goetz

Tasmanian Devils Documentary by Alex Goetz

I am currently in Post-Production on a documentary film about the conservation efforts surrounding the Tasmanian Devils in Australia, and the plight of the Devil Facial Tumor Disease that has wiped out 90% of the wild population. This documentary has an estimated completion date of March 2016, with a PBS release. 

NatGeo "Wild to inspire" Finalist 2015 - "Living Isle" by Alex Goetz

*Official Finalist of the 2015 NatGeo Wild "Wild to Inspire" video contest
*Voted "Best of the Fest" in Maumee Film Festival 2015

In Honduras there exists a chain of islands known as Cayos Cochinos. Recognized as a one of the key sections of the Meso-American Reef to preserve by the Smithsonian Institute, TNC, WWF, and World Bank, commercial fishing has been banned and it has become a marine sanctuary. However, the Garifuna people have lived virtually the same way since the late 1700s, are allowed to remain within the sanctuary, using traditional fishing methods to survive.

For more content about the trip, and previous trips, please visit runningwildtv.com/adventure/

*Special thanks to everyone who contributed to help make this trip and film a reality. 

Description and Text within the film from:
cayoscochinos.com
cayostour.com
garifuna.com

Ocean Sound effects
freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/sounds/169181/

Music (in order of play)
"In Dreams" by Dan Phillipson of premiumbeat.com
Cleod9 Music - cleod9music.com
"Soaring" by Reaktor Productions of premiumbeat.com

The Alpine Hammock - Kickstart Video by Alex Goetz

A quick video showcasing the simplicity of the build of the Alpine Hammock, as well as it's unique features, for the Alpine Hammock's kickstarter campaign. 

Special thanks to Chris "Dad" Dawson for laying in a hammock for me, Justin "Jgrubbin" Grubb for laying in a hammock on the muddy ground for me, Funkleberry for the sweet music, and Alpine Hammock for the opportunity to shoot such a cool piece of outdoor gear!

Music: "Searching"/"Heaven" by Funkleberry

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Sea Turtles - Running Wild Media Exclusive by Alex Goetz

The Running Wild Media crew met up with the National Park Service in Cape Hatteras National Seashore to film a sea turtle nest excavation. Sea turtle numbers in the past had dwindled, but they have recently seen an increase, possibly due to efforts to preserve the population in the past.

Special thanks to Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the rangers there for allowing us to film, Ryan "Gac Attack" Gargac for some sweet camera work, and BGSU for providing us with the funding through the Givens Memorial Fellowship grant to put together these videos!

Running Wild Media in Costa Rica pt. 2 by Alex Goetz

Follow Justin Grubb as he travels through Costa Rica, looking at the amazing wildlife that exists in one of the world's most bio-diverse countries. Watch him eat termites, come face-to-face with snakes and crocs, and encounter all kinds of amazing wildlife. 

Special thanks to BGSU and the Stuart R. Givens Memorial Fellowship for providing funding on this amazing trip!

Clothing provided by GETLOST high performance outdoor gear:
livegetlost.com

Hammocks provided by Deep South Mountaineering: 
http://deepsouthmountaineering.com

Running Wild Media in Costa Rica pt. 1 by Alex Goetz

Follow Justin Grubb as he travels through Costa Rica, looking at the amazing wildlife that exists in one of the world's most bio-diverse countries. Watch him eat termites, come face-to-face with snakes and crocs, and encounter all kinds of amazing wildlife. 

Special thanks to BGSU and the Stuart R. Givens Memorial Fellowship for providing funding on this amazing trip!

Clothing provided by GETLOST high performance outdoor gear:
livegetlost.com

Hammocks provided by Deep South Mountaineering: 
http://deepsouthmountaineering.com