Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate over large captive cats in America, The Conservation Game follows the story of Tim Harrison, a retired police officer who covertly discovered a bomb at an exotic animal auction. (SIFF / Courtesy)
The Sedona International Film Festival is unveiling the Northern Arizona premiere of the eye-opening, award-winning new documentary, The Conservation Game, which will be shown September 11-15 at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, according to a press release.
Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate over large captive cats in America, The Conservation Game follows the story of Tim Harrison, a retired police officer who covertly discovered a bomb at an exotic animal auction.
He begins to suspect that America’s best-known conservationists on television may be secretly linked to the exotic pet trade. What follows is a high-stakes game of cat and mouse filled with lies, deception and cover-ups.
As his investigation delves deeper into the secret world of the big cat trade, Tim and his team fight outside the convention halls, urging lawmakers to pass federal laws that would end the private breeding and exploitation of these endangered and majestic animals. But when resistance comes from an unexpected source, Tim is forced to face the demons of his own past as he grapples with the consequences of exposing his childhood hero.
The U.S. now has more captive tigers than there are in their native wild habitats, and the exotic animal market is a multimillion-dollar business that sucks in the shadow of pseudo-sanctuaries, roadside zoos, and private menageries with little or none State Thrives Supervision.
At the same time, popular late-night and morning TV shows – from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to Good Morning America – feature special guests like endangered snow leopards and baby tigers along with their prominent wildlife experts to educate their audiences about endangered species and the natural world. But despite what the public has been told, Tim sets out to find out where these animals actually come from and what happens to them when the cameras and studio lights go out.
The Conservation Game will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theater from September 11-15. The show times are on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 11th, 12th and 13th, 4pm; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14th and 15th.
Tickets are $ 12 or $ 9 for members of the film festival. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theater and film festival offices are located on W. State Route 89A 2030 in western Sedona. Further information can be found at: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.
Information from the Sedona International Film Festival.