Environmental Filmmaker Chris Palmer to Speak on April 3Posted Mar. 4, 2013
The Herbert W. Hoover Initiative in Environmental Media proudly presents Chris Palmer, award-winning filmmaker and producer, wildlife environmentalist and author, at Kent State University at Stark on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in The University Center at Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. Palmer’s presentation, How to Film Bears and Sharks without Getting Eaten: Making Environmental Films that Make a Difference, is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required for admission.
Tickets are required for this free lecture. Tickets may be obtained by visiting the Kent State Stark Information Desk in Main Hall, beginning Monday, March 11 at 8 a.m., while supplies last. A limit of four (4) tickets will be distributed per person. Phone reservations will not be accepted.
Palmer is the founder of two national nonprofit organizations. In 1983, he launched his film production career when he started the National Audubon Society Productions, serving as president and CEO for 11 years. In 1994, he created National Wildlife Productions, which he led as president and CEO for 10 years. Palmer is currently president of the One World One Ocean Foundation, a multimillion-dollar global media campaign to save the oceans. He is also president of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, which produces and funds IMAX films.
In 2004, he joined American University’s faculty as a distinguished film producer in residence. There he founded, and currently directs, the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, whose mission is to train filmmakers to produce films and new media that effectively strengthen the global constituency for conservation.
He has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs and waded through Everglade swamps. His 2010 book, Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom, reveals the dark side of wildlife filmmaking, showing an industry undermined by sensationalism, fabrication and sometimes animal abuse. Jane Goodall praised it as “a very important and much-needed book.”
Having led the production of more than 300 hours of programming for television and the IMAX film industry, Palmer, along with his colleagues, has won numerous awards, including two Emmys and an Oscar nomination. He has been honored with the Environmental Media Association’s Frank G. Wells Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Media at the 2009 International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF). In 2010, he was honored at the Green Globe Awards with the award for Environmental Film Educator of the Decade. Recently, he received the IWFF Wildlife Hero of the Year Award for his “determined campaign to reform the wildlife filmmaking industry.”
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in ocean engineering and naval architecture from University College London, as well as a second master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, where he was a Kennedy Scholar. Born in Hong Kong, Palmer grew up in England and immigrated to the United States in 1972. He and his wife, Gail Shearer, have three grown daughters.