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Grizzly Creek Films, Wildpath, Appian Way, Common Pictures

Drawn in by the haunting specter of the Florida panther, photographer Carlton Ward finds himself on the front lines of an accelerating battle between forces of renewal and destruction that have pushed the Everglades to the brink of ecological collapse.

In a struggle resonating across the globe, the panther's habitat has become an island. Its lush territory transformed into subdivisions. A paradise - vanishing into thin air.

Perched on the edge of extinction, the panther is an emblem of our once connected world. A vision of what could be again. Or else, a harbinger, of what could befall our planet, if the 'Path of the Panther' becomes a dead end.

This odyssey of hope and heartbreak is the culmination of more than five years in the field, 500,000 still images, and over 800 hours of ultra-high-definition camera trap footage. Against all odds, wild panthers have been stunningly captured in their native ecosystem, as they've never been filmed before.

These wide-ranging apex predators, one of the most elusive and endangered wild cats in the world, are also the inspiration for a visionary idea: a wildlife corridor. It's the beginning of a wild 'path' that could one day stretch into every corner of the American continent.

What began as a moonshot photo and film mission is evolving into a 'Path of the Panther' movement. This groundbreaking story inspired the passage of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act - the first legislation of its kind and a blueprint for addressing habitat fragmentation and species extinction across the globe.

Today, the movement continues to grow. The world stands at a crossroads - and the panther is showing the way.

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  • Runtime
    89 minutes
  • Language
    English, Miccosukee, Native American
  • Country
    United States