Return of the Desert Bighorn

After all native desert bighorn sheep were eliminated from Texas by the 1960s, conservationists began the long fight for their return. Now, after many years of hard work and trial and error, healthy populations roam parts of the state. Return of the Desert Bighorn follows wildlife biologists as they capture, collar, and relocate desert bighorn to restore populations in West Texas.

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Director: Charles Post

Charles is an ecologist, environmental marketing consultant, and award-winning filmmaker. With nearly a decade of experience studying at U.C. Berkeley while earning his Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in ecology, Charles applies his passion to efforts that may inspire our next generation of ecosystem thinking stewards. He is the Environmental Lead at Sitka Gear, and co-founder of The Nature Project, a non-profit dedicated creating opportunities for underserved youth to experience nature. Charles and his wife, Rachel Pohl, call Montana home.

Director: Ben Masters

Ben Masters is a filmmaker, writer, and horse packer who splits his time between Bozeman, MT and Austin, TX. He is most known for Unbranded, a documentary in which he and three others adopted mustangs and rode from Mexico to Canada to inspire wild horse adoptions. Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and sits as the wildlife management chair on the BLM's volunteer Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. He writes for National Geographic Adventure, Western Horseman, and is a published author. Masters is an award-winning film producer with Audience Awards at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Film Festival, the Equus Film Festival, and others. He is currently directing a series of character driven conservation short films.

United States
9 Min.
Director: Charles Post, Ben Masters
Cinematography: Adam Foss, Ben Masters, Logan Lewis, Collin Baggett
Editing: Nina Vizcarrondo
Music: Noah Sorota "Unbranded"
Producer: Harrison Lindsay, Sloane Brown, Ben O'Brien,
Nominations: Audience Award Best Short Film 2019