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: Ben Masters

Ben Masters is a filmmaker and writer specializing in wildlife and adventure stories. He is most known for directing the feature length-documentary The River and The Wall (SXSW 2019 Award Winner) and for producing Unbranded (Mountainfilm 2015 Audience Award Winner). Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and founded Fin and Fur Films in 2015. He is the author of two books published by Texas A&M University Press and has written for National Geographic and Western Horseman. A proud Texan, Masters loves riding a good horse through new country, filming wildlife stories that haven’t been documented before, and using movies to help conserve wildlife and wild places.

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.

United States
9 Min.
Director: Ben Masters, Charles Post
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