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The best way to preserve the Florida panther? Capture it - in stunning, revelatory photographs.


The Everglades is a paradise that is vanishing into thin air. 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. 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 film has been generously sponsored by Lauren and Bob Lange


Eric Bendick

Eric is a director, producer, and writer whose work explores connectivity, conflict, and human ingenuity at the intersection of man-made and wild spaces. He’s led filming expeditions to the heart of many of the last untamed landscapes on Earth. His productions for National Geographic, PBS, Smithsonian, and others have garnered an EMMY, a WEBBY, as well as numerous awards and accolades from major film festivals around the world. Eric is a current grantee of the Redford Center. Leading up to the production of PATH OF THE PANTHER he directed THE FORGOTTEN COAST (PBS), THE LAST GREEN THREAD (Mountainfilm) and CHASING GHOSTS (National Geographic) all within the Florida Everglades ecosystem.

  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    88 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    USA
  • Premiere
    Yes, it's a Colorado premiere
  • Rating
    The whole family (including children)
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  • Director
    Eric Bendick
  • Screenwriter
    Eric Bendick
  • Producer
    Eric Bendick, Carlton Ward, Thomas Winston, Tori Linder
  • Executive Producer
    Ted Haddock, Sigrid Tiedtke, Howard Buffett
  • Co-Producer
    Eric Bendick, Carlton Ward, Thomas Winston, Tori Linder
  • Cast
    Carlton Ward, Elton Langford, Betty Osceola, Dr. Jen Korn, Dr. Lara Cusack
  • Cinematographer
    Carlton Ward, Danny Schmidt, Dawson Dunning, Jeff Reed, Thomas Winston, Katie Bryden, Eric Bendick
  • Editor
    Andrew Harrison Brown, Eric Bendick, Jeff Reed
  • Animator
    Jeff Reed
  • Composer
    Kevin Matley