Award-winning Bozeman producer, writer and director John Heminway will present an exclusive screening of his documentary, “Warlords of Ivory,” on Friday, April 15.
Award-winning Bozeman producer, writer and director John Heminway will present an exclusive screening of his documentary, “Warlords of Ivory,” a film exposing how the ivory trade funds some of Africa’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups. The event, presented by Headwaters Academy in the Museum of the Rockies Hager Auditorium, is Friday, April 15. It is free and open to the public.
Producing “Warlords of Ivory” was an extraordinary undertaking for Heminway. The film tells the story of veteran reporter of wildlife trafficking wars and chief correspondent for National Geographic magazine’s new Special Investigations Unit Bryan Christy, who leads an investigation to prove that ivory is traded for money to fund terrorism. With the help of one of the world’s top taxidermists, Christy creates a fake tusk and conceals a sophisticated GPS tracker inside. He drops it in the heart of ivory poaching country and monitors its movements to track down the warlords of the ivory trade.
“Warlords of the Ivory” was honored at the New York Wild Film Festival as the Best Conservation Film of the Year, won the International Elephant Film Festival’s “Issues and Solutions” category and will be honored by the Tusk Trust in April.
Heminway is a writer and filmmaker, with a focus on nature, science, history and Africa. His filmmaking career spans four decades and includes many prestigious awards, including two Emmys, two Peabodys and a DuPont Columbia Journalism award. In 2013, Dr. Richard Leakey appointed him Chairman of WildlifeDirect. Recently, he was a visiting professor at Montana State University.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The film will begin at 7 p.m. A Q&A with Heminway will follow the hour-long film.
Headwaters Academy provides an academically challenging education in a supportive, small class environment. For more information, visit www.headwatersacademy.org.