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“WILL STICK WITH YOU”
– Film Threat
“AN ABSOLUTE BOMBSHELL OF A DOCUMENTARY”
– The Santa Barbara Independent
“SHOULD HAVE THE SAME IMPACT AS BLACKFISH”
– San Diego Reader
“Something for the Tiger King crowd,
but eschews sensationalism to deliver
something with much more bite.”
the conservation game
Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate on captive big cats in America, THE CONSERVATION GAME follows the story of Tim Harrison, a retired cop who makes a bombshell discovery while undercover at an exotic animal auction. He starts to suspect that America’s top television celebrity conservationists may be secretly connected to the exotic pet trade. What follows is a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, filled with lies, deception, and coverups.
As his investigation leads deeper into the secret world of the big cat trade, Tim and his team take their fight to the halls of Congress, pressing lawmakers to pass federal legislation that would end the private breeding and exploitation of these endangered and majestic animals. But when opposition comes from an unexpected source, Tim is forced to face the demons of his own past, while wrestling with the consequences of exposing his childhood hero.
THE CONSERVATION GAME is the result of a three-year investigation by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Webber, director of the hit documentary The Elephant in the Living Room.
Michael’s films have won 5 Best Documentary Awards, an Independent Spirit Award, a Social Justice Award, and a Director’s Choice Award from Michael Moore. Prior to his documentary work, Webber spent years producing fiction films released by studios such as 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate.
In recent years, Michael has become known for his contribution to the exotic animal advocacy cause. He is winner of the coveted Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States, has participated in countless exotic animal rescues, and was the keynote speaker for the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance.
Michael has participated in numerous film panels, university film programs, and film juries. He has been a featured guest on countless television and radio talk shows including The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, and Nightline. His work has been the topic of an ABC 20/20 special and featured in nearly every major US publication.
Tim Harrison is a retired police officer, firefighter, and paramedic for the city of Oakwood, Ohio, as well as a world-renowned expert on dangerous exotic animals. He has authored two books on the subject and his work has been featured on virtually every major television network, including guest appearances on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Dateline, 20/20, Dr. Oz, Fox and Friends, ABC World News Tonight and countless radio programs.
Tim is the director of Outreach for Animals, a non-profit animal advocacy organization whose mission is to teach people proper behavior around wildlife. Tim is an adjunct instructor for a major training facility specializing in unified command for disasters through Homeland Security and FEMA funding. He is also a highly decorated martial arts fighter and instructor that has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
carney anne nasser
Professor Carney Anne Nasser is the expert animal protection attorney who pitched the wildlife trafficking case against Joe Exotic, triggering the investigation that led to his conviction.
Carney Anne is the founding director of the animal welfare clinic at Michigan State University College of Law. Professor Nasser has become known for her success and expertise in combatting the exotic pet trade, wildlife trafficking, and the protection of big cats.
Nasser is a regular contributor to the international anti-trafficking treaty and serves as a media spokesperson on a wide range of animal protection issues, with contributions to National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Longreads, New York Times, CNN, and the Today Show.
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