March 16, 2021
Tennessee Watson, from left, Anya Tyson and Sam Dwinnell drive through western Wyoming in a scene from the documentary film ‘Deer 139’. The documentary film produced by the University of Wyoming will premiere online on Saturday, March 20. (Morgan Heim Photo)
After a year and a half of success in the film festival and the screening circuit, the University of Wyoming’s 55-minute science, adventure and conservation documentary film, “Deer 139”, will premiere online at the spring equinox.
Viewers are invited to join the premiere on YouTube at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. A live Q&A with the film crew will follow the premiere at 7:55 p.m. via Zoom webinar. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information and to access the documentary film, visit www.uwyo.edu/haub/ruckelshaus-institute/outreach/deer-139.html.
The film will be available for free on YouTube to watch after the premiere.
“Deer 139” tells the story of three women who brave the formidable migratory journey of a pregnant mule deer. The team hikes, packrafts and skis 85 miles through western Wyoming, and along the way, the women deepen their understanding of the connection between wild animals and the landscapes they inhabit.
“I am delighted to release this film so that as many people as possible can see what mule deer face on their migrations and hopefully understand the importance of large, connected landscapes for these wild animals,” says Sam Dwinnell. , the main character of the film.
Dwinnell, along with associate professor Kevin Monteith and communications coordinator Emilene Ostlind, all of the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, produced the film. Filmmakers Morgan Heim and Jayme Dittmar directed the documentary. In addition to Dwinnell as the title character, the film stars Tennessee Watson, a reporter for Wyoming Public Media; Anya Tyson, a recovering field technician specializing in collaborative conservation and citizen science; and Deer 139 itself.
The Monteith Shop is focused on understanding what influences the behavior, growth, reproduction and survival of individual animals in a changing world. Deer 139 itself is part of the lab’s Wyoming Range Mule Deer project. This research focuses on tracking mule deer throughout their lives to uncover aspects of mule deer behavior, life history, and population dynamics that have direct implications for conservation.
The Monteith Shop and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources produced the film to advance their mission to share new scientific knowledge with a wide audience and to advance the understanding and resolution of complex challenges related to the environment and natural resources. natural resources. Wyoming Public Media also supported the film’s production.
The film received financial support from the National Geographic Society; the George B. Storer Foundation; the Knobloch Family Foundation; Ralph and Louise Haberfeld; the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation; the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation; the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition; and the Humanities Council of Wyoming.
The Muley Fanatic Foundation also provided support, including the Wyoming Range Chapter and 10 Country Wyoming Chapter; the No Man’s Land Film Festival; the WILD Foundation; William Watson and Suzanne Welch; the Wyoming Migration Initiative; and several private contributors.