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Age of Union Launches Short Film Series and Invests in Additional Film Projects

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New YouTube short film series “On the Frontline” will follow inspiring changemakers protecting threatened species and ecosystems around the world. Diving deeper into the film industry, Age of Union Founder Dax Dasilva also invests in three new environmental documentaries.

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MONTREAL, January 26, 2024 – Age of Union Alliance, the non-profit environmental organization led by Emmy award-winning executive producer, Dax Dasilva is harnessing the power of film by launching a short film series about the changemakers behind their global conservation projects. These mediums have proven to be effective tools for raising awareness, fostering positive change, and forging strong alliances dedicated to safeguarding our planet’s species and ecosystems.

Released today, “On the Frontline,” is Age of Union’s new YouTube series following the people driving change and protecting our planet’s vulnerable wildlife and ecosystems across their grassroots projects. The series brings you up close and personal with the environmental guardians making a real difference on the planet. Each episode is a bite-sized window into Age of Union’s world, showcasing the highs and lows of conservation efforts. From Canada to Trinidad and more, these films explore diverse corners of our planet, bringing you stories that transcend borders in the global mission of environmental preservation.

The launch of the series follows Age of Union’s global acclaim in 2023 for Wildcat, which Founder Dax Dasilva co-executive produced and was awarded with the prestigious distinction of “Outstanding Nature Documentary of 2023” at the 44th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. In 2024, Age of Union is sustaining its momentum by executive producing three additional film projects crafted by renowned figures in the industry. 

Firstly, the team behind the Emmy award-winning documentary Wildcat has partnered with Dax Dasilva and Age of Union again to produce their second feature documentary about a father and son who are wildlife rescuers in South India. The film is tentatively titled The Snake Rescuer’s Son, and Dasilva is executive producing alongside Melissa Lesh and Trevor Frost who are directing and producing. Principal cinematography is underway and will largely take place in India, and post-production will begin in 2025. Wildcat partner 30 West is also on board as the sales agent. 

The Age of Union team on the production of the first episode of "On the Frontline," Matura Beach, Trinidad.

Dasliva will also serve as an executive producer on Malaika Pictures’ latest film, set to be announced later this year. The film is produced by the acclaimed Richard and Anita Ladkani and directed by Richard, whose previous work includes the Oscar-shortlisted The Ivory Game (2016), available on Netflix, and Sundance winner Sea of Shadows (2019), currently streaming on National Geographic and Disney+. Both films were executive produced by Oscar-award-winning actor and producer, Leonardo DiCaprio.

Lastly, Dasliva will be an executive producer of an upcoming National Geographic Society film. The film is a project of the Society’s Impact Story Lab, an award-winning creative unit that combines world-class storytelling with social and behavioural science in order to drive positive change for National Geographic Explorers.

“Film possesses an unparalleled capacity to evoke emotion, challenge perspectives, and inspire change,” says Dax Dasilva, Founder of Age of Union. “At Age of Union, we believe in the profound influence of cinema to not only grab people’s attention but to serve as a catalyst for positive change on a global scale.”

Since the initial launch in October 2021, Age of Union has produced an array of short independent documentaries, including The Heart of a Mission, spotlighting a small startup non-profit of local and international conservationists, Junglekeepers, who come together to protect an area of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon the size of Rhode Island; We Are the Saint Lawrence River, educating the public on how changing our behaviors will make a difference to the future of the Saint Lawrence River as well as the communities and wildlife that depend on it; and CAUGHT, unveiling the shocking consequences of industrialized fishing and bycatch, which has led to the depletion of oceanic ecosystems and the loss of marine life. As a result of the film CAUGHT and Sea Shepherd France’s efforts, The Council of State recently ordered the French government to establish no-fishing zones and implement other measures to protect dolphins in the Atlantic. Age of Union’s latest short film, The Corridor, follows Congolese environmentalist Dominique Bikaba and a team of international partners, who are on an ambitious mission to secure twenty-one interconnected land titles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This would establish one of the largest wildlife corridors of community-managed forests on the planet. 

“Although we have only recently begun our work in the film industry, we have already seen incredible triumphs,” adds Dasilva. “I look forward to working on many more exciting cinematic projects over the coming years that will shed necessary light on the greatest challenges our planet and its most vulnerable species face today.”

Nature Seekers' Suzan Lakhan Baptiste, Adrian Wilson, and Kyle Mitchell in Matura Beach, Trinidad.

About Age of Union Alliance

Age of Union is a non-profit environmental alliance that supports and makes visible a global community of changemakers working on the ground to protect the planet’s threatened species and ecosystems. Launched in October 2021 by tech leader and environmental activist Dax Dasilva in Montreal, Canada, Age of Union seeks to ignite a flame within every person through conservation efforts that solve critical environmental challenges around the world and inspire high-impact change by showing the positive impact that every individual can make. Age of Union is also actively involved in environmental documentary filmmaking. The organization has produced impactful short and feature documentaries that delve into the stories of dedicated changemakers. One such production, “Wildcat,” earned acclaim as the “Outstanding Nature Documentary of 2023” at the prestigious 44th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. 

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Age of Union Conservation Manager Mariette Raina on a leatherback turtle nesting count walk with Nature Seekers rangers. Matura Beach, Trinidad.

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Photos by Sarah El Gharib (Cover, photos 2, 4, and 5)

Matt Brunette (Photo 3)

 

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