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Drawn in by the haunting specter of the Florida panther, a wildlife photographer unites veterinarians, ranchers, conservationists, and Indigenous Peoples 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 of field research, half-a-million 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 collaboration with National Geographic Society and other partners 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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    United States of America
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  • Director
    Eric Bendick
  • Screenwriter
    Eric Bendick
  • Producer
    Carlton Ward Jr., Tori Linder, Thomas Winston, Eric Bendick
  • Executive Producer
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Howard Buffett, Sigrid Tiedtke, Janet Han Vissering, Ted Haddock, Phillip Watson, Jennifer Davisson
  • Co-Producer
    Grizzly Creek Films, Wildpath, Common Pictures
  • Filmmaker
    Eric Bendick
  • Cast
    Carlton Ward Jr., Elton Langford, Betty Osceola, Jen Korn
  • Cinematographer
    Carlton Ward Jr., Danny Schmidt, Dawson Dunning, Jeff Reed, Eric Bendick, Rick Smith, Thomas Winston, Katie Bryden
  • Editor
    Andrew Harrison Brown, Eric Bendick, Jeff Reed
  • Animator
    Jeff Reed
  • Composer
    Kevin Matley
  • Sound Design
    Brian Eimer
  • Music
    Kevin Matley