Our National Mammal is a short documentary exposing the controversial management and ruthless treatment of America's last wild bison and the people fighting to protect them.
For many, bison are an American icon. In 2016 the bison was named America's National Mammal, joining the bald eagle in distinction as a national symbol. Yet in Yellowstone National Park, hundreds of America's last wild bison are slaughtered each year under an inter-agency management plan controlled by the Montana Department of Livestock– an agency devoted to protecting the interests of its cattle while deploying arguably unethical tactics to capture, abuse and kill bison in and around Yellowstone.
Out of this controversy, Buffalo Field Campaign was born– an organization documenting the abuse of the buffalo for over 20 years in order to bring awareness to the issue and pass legislation to protect bison in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Millions of tourists visit Yellowstone National Park each year to witness a rare glimpse of the iconic bison in their natural habitat. Yet few are aware of the plight facing these buffalo each year. This documentary aims to bring light to the issue, and change the course of events for America's last wild bison and Our National Mammal.
DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CO-WRITER, STORY, PRODUCTION DESIGNER, MANAGER, STILL PHOTOGRAPHER, ASSISTANT EDITOR
Thia Martin studied Fine Art at the University of Arkansas. She is a prolific artist with a cause. Thia works with a wide variety of mediums including; oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, photography, and film. Our National Mammal is Thia's second documentary short about the plight of America's National Mammal and last wild bison. She is a BFC Advisory Board Member.
Buffalo Field Campaign
PRODUCER, CO-WRITER, STORY, ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY, CAMERA OPERATOR, VIDEO OPERATOR, ASSISTANT EDITOR
Buffalo Field Campaign is the longest running, single issue front line campaign alive today. For 20 years, BFC has been the only group working in the field, in the policy arena, and on the legal front, in defense of America's National Mammal and last wild migratory bison.
BFC holds 20 years of archival and present day footage documenting the plight of our Sacred Buffalo.
SUBMISSION CONTACT, STORY EDITOR, ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Justine Sanchez has been a volunteer and board member for Buffalo Field Campaign for over 15 years. She currently serves as BFC's Vice President of the board of directors. Justine is proficient in all aspect of BFC's field patrols, policy construction, and legal actions. Our National Mammal is Justine's second documentary short where she has served as co-creator and story editor.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, COLLABORATING DIRECTOR, CO-WRITER, STORY, EDITOR, SOUND EDITOR, DIGITAL EFFECTS, SOUND MIXER, MUSIC EDITOR
Joseph East has worked nationwide covering subjects as diverse as
climate change, animal rights, education, the Junior Olympics, youth
arts and more. Joseph directed and shot the feature documentary, I
WILL DANCE, which toured on the Southern Circuit, sponsored by the
National Endowment of the Arts and broadcast on PBS.