SAN FRANCISCO: STILL WILD AT HEART
(60 minutes) USA
Director/Producer: Melissa Peabody
As the city of San Francisco grapples with what it means to have coyotes as residents, along comes the film, San Francisco—Still Wild at Heart, a compelling one-hour film and a virtual case study of the coyote's arrival in urban America. While the film unfolds with the return of coyotes to San Francisco, it pursues the coyote story across a national canvas—to New York City's Central Park, and to Chicago, where more than 2,000 coyotes live today. From scientists we learn how to coexist with them safely, and how these resilient creatures impact urban and suburban ecosystems. And in rural west Marin County, California, ranchers in a new and innovative pilot program find success in a mix of humane, non-lethal predator-control methods that protect livestock and reduce conflicts with coyotes. Their success suggests new possibilities for coyote management in our urban and suburban areas as well. This lyrical natural history film explores the complexity, conflicts, and richness of the fertile interface between our urbanized human communities and wild nature. Through beautiful, original, and entertaining footage of coyotes and other urban wild creatures—quail, foxes, raccoons, herons, opossums, and parrots—we learn how animals survive and thrive in the challenging habitat of the modern American city. San Francisco—Still Wild at Heart is a tribute to these wild lives, and an unabashed celebration of their unique value and importance to our urban and rural communities.
Melissa Peabody is an award-winning editor and producer, and owner of M Peabody Productions. She has edited wildlife television shows for Turner Broadcasting, Animal Planet, and international broadcast, and has edited dozens of educational programs for Stanford University. She has also co-produced and edited an award-winning three-part video series on workplace-health issues for national distribution. For almost three years, Melissa worked as primary story researcher and associate producer for the documentary unit for NBC's San Francisco affiliate, KRON-TV. Melissa received a BA with honors in humanities from Stanford University and an MS degree in journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
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