On February 28, 2011, award-winning documentary director and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg will appear at the 2011 TED Conference in Long Beach, California to discuss and preview his new film for Disneynature, Wings of Life. The feature documentary, which examines pollination and the real threats to our world’s food supply, will be released on March 16 by Disneynature throughout France, followed by distribution in the U.S. and select markets worldwide.
Schwartzberg was motivated to take action by news of vanishing bees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder. The result is Wings of Life, which reveals the intricate symbiosis between animals, insects and the world’s food supply, much of which relies on pollination, and how human encroachment and pesticides threaten to disrupt this delicate balance. Through time-lapse, slow-motion and macro imagery showcasing the interactions between plants and animals, the film brings this critical issue to light.
The imagery in Wings of Life “may be some of the best nature footage ever. It’s amazing!” said Bruno Guissani, director of TED Global and TED University.
“Wings of Life reveals the amazingly complex interactions between species where nature uses beauty as a tool of survival and seduction,” said Schwartzberg. “Without this delicate keystone event between the animal and plant worlds, life as we know it would cease to exist.”
Over the past 30 years, Schwartzberg has pioneered and perfected the art of time-lapse, nature and aerial cinematography, in his quest to reveal the stunning beauty of the earth, its natural riches, and the systems that keep the world in perfect equilibrium.
The presentation will take place at 5:30 pm PT.