About the program

From watery depths to roots underground and skies overhead, this shorts program highlights our relationship with the life that dwells above and below us. 

“Sturgeon Camp”: Freep videographer Ryan Garza documents a Michigan environmental group’s efforts to protect the state’s endangered sturgeon from poaching. 5 minutes. 

“The Fight for Flight”: Each spring and fall in the Great Lakes, huge numbers of migrating birds pass by, often undetected. But technology is increasingly giving us clues about what happens during migration and how humans are impacting these birds. Directed by Jason Whalen. 16 minutes. 

“Birds of Detroit”: Detroit filmmaker Jack Gorland crafts a breezy montage of Detroit’s winged population. 10 minutes. 

“Tree Prophet”: A poor and uneducated nursery man from northern Michigan is sent back from heaven with a mission to save the world from global warming by cloning the world’s oldest and largest trees. Directed by Tucker Marder. 28 minutes. 

“Detroit Hives”: By working to convert vacant housing lots on Detroit’s east side into buzzing bee farms, Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are bringing life back to their community. Directed by Rachel Weinberg and Palmer Morse. 6 minutes. 

Total run time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

After the films: A conversation with the filmmakers.


5 p.m. Thu., April 11,
Marvin and Betty Danto
Lecture Hall at the DIA

12:30 p.m. Sun., April 14
Emagine Royal Oak