Sustainable Storytelling

Matthew Podolosky shot his first documentary, Scavenger Hunt, while working as a biologist for the California condor recovery program. Since then, he’s helped found the non-profit production company Wild Lens, where he produces the web series Eyes on Conservation, and hosts its weekly podcast counterpart, featuring interviews with top scientists and filmmakers.

Neil Paprocki is a biologist and filmmaker with a BA in Animal Behavior from Bucknell and an MA in Raptor biology from Boise State. While studying the effects of climate change on raptors, he co-founded Wild Lens, where he has produced shorts on ptarmigan research and migration monitoring. Bluebird Man emerged from his own experiences aiding Al Larson’s conservation efforts.


Today, we talked with Brad Forder, who is the programming director for the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), taking place March 15th through the 26th of this year.

Brad shared some background on the Festival, and gave us an insider’s look at the selection process.  He also turned the tables on myself and fellow Wild Lens filmmaker Neil Paprocki midway through the interview to ask us some questions about our film Bluebird Man.

Why, you might ask, would Brad be interested in learning more about our film Bluebird Man? Well, it turns out that our film about bluebird conservation will be screening at DCEFF 2016!  Not only is it screening at the Festival, but it has been selected as the winner of the Eric Moe Sustainability Award, one of four top awards given out at the Festival each year!

We were extremely excited to have Brad on the show, and hope everyone enjoys this inside look at one of our country’s top film festivals!