Mon, 10/23/2017 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30 | No admittance after 7:30

Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau / 2017 / 108 min

"The most genuinely provocative of Sundance’s documentaries..." - Sam Adams, Slate

Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fueled in part by a global desire to consume these majestic animals. Trophy investigates the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation. Through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive these industries – from a Texas-based trophy hunter to the world’s largest private rhino breeder in South Africa – the film grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals. What are the implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming and hunting offer some of the few remaining options to conserve our endangered animals? Trophy will leave you debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world.

Post-Screening Q&A

Shaul Schwarz (Director) is an award-winning photojournalist based in Brooklyn, NY. His debut documentary, Narco Cultura, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Shaul is a regular photographic contributor to TIME and National Geographic and has directed content for Discovery Channel, History Channel and CNN. In 2016, he directed the Emmy-nominated web series, A Year in Space, produced with TIME magazine's Red Border Films, and co-directed the documentary Aida's Secrets, which premiered at Hot Docs in 2016. Shaul is the founder of Reel Peak Films.

Christina Clusiau (Co-Director) is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and photojournalist based in Brooklyn, NY. She co-founded Reel Peak Films in 2013, a production company specializing in short and long-form documentary films, commercials and television content made with cinematic quality and journalistic integrity. Christina was a cinematographer on the Emmy-nominated web series, A Year in Space, in partnership with TIME magazine's Red Border Films, as well as the feature documentary Aida's Secrets.

Jay Arthur Sterrenberg (Editor) is a New York based director and editor whose work has appeared in theaters, on HBO, Arte, ESPN, and PBS. His feature documentary editing credits include Trophy, Tribeca award-winning Untouchable, Narco Culture and the collaboratively directed Meerkat Media films Brasslands and Stages. He began his career in the DCTV editing rooms on Jon Alpert & Matt O’Neill’s Academy Award nominated film Redemption as well as Wartorn, A Woman Among Boys and Section 60. Jay is a founding member of the Meerkat Media Collective and a member-owner of New Day Films documentary distribution cooperative.


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