The Nature Makers

  • 2.00–4.00 PM
  • 06 June 2023
  • Cinema Radar

In a world increasingly dominated by humans, three teams of wildlife conservationists go to extraordinary and seemingly unnatural lengths to try to save threatened species and habitat in the American heartland. Stunningly photographed in the Grand Canyon and on the American prairie, The Nature Makers follows rugged biologists who’ve deployed helicopters, giant bulldozers and a host of human tools to defend wild nature. In the 21st Century, defending the wild often requires, quite paradoxically, technology and aggressive human intervention. It’s a story of how we found ourselves on the brink of losing so much of the natural world, while charting an optimistic, though unmistakably challenging, path forward.



Scott Saunders has directed four feature films and over 20 shorts. His third feature, The Technical Writer, premiered in competition at Sundance. He was one of Variety’s 10 Digital Video Directors to Watch. He’s the recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation Grant, and the Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. The Nature Makers is his first documentary.


English Title: The Nature Makers
Original Language: English
Subtitles: Italian (translated by festival)
Month and Year of Production: January 2021
Color/Black and White: Color
Camera: Red, Sony
Audio: 5.1
Country of Production: USA
Duration: 68’
Director: Scott Saunders
Production: Natural Allies, LLC
Producer: Scott Saunders, Oktay Ortabasi, Tatiana Detlofson
Cast: Lindsey Sterling Krank, Noelle Guernsey, Brice Krohn, Chuck Cooper, Brian Healy, Emily Omana
Photography: Oktay Ortabasi
Editing: Scott Saunders
Music / Original Soundtrack: David Mann
Awards: Best Feature, Colorado Environmental Film Festival