Bats in North America are disappearing at an alarming rate, while human beings have yet to recognize their great contribution and significance in our communal habitat. These fascinating mammals are crucial to the healthy equilibrium of our ecosystem. This film will bring to life the struggle for the survival of bats, especially with regards to white-nose syndrome
, the mysterious disease that has killed up to seven million bats in North America.
The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome has just been detected in Bracken Cave outside of San Antonio, Texas, which is home to the largest known bat colony in the world.
I began the process of making the film in 2014, and made a short film about a healthy bat colony of a quarter million Mexican free-tailed bats that live under a freeway outside of Sacramento, California. You can watch a teaser about the film below.
After screening the short film in festivals, and teaming up with The Wild Lens Collective
, I decided it was time to continue and make a comprehensive, feature documentary that focuses on these issues.
We successfully raised over $3,000 in July 2019 to support our first trip to Texas and we had an amazing week filming on location at Bracken Cave and Congress Avenue Bridge, as well as filming interviews with bat experts who will be featured in the film.
Photo of the 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats beginning to emerge from the mouth of Bracken Cave.
In August 2019, we continued filming in California, returning back to Yolo County to document the Mexican free-tailed bats that live under the I-80 freeway. We also filmed in Santa Cruz with Dr. Winifred Frick, the chief scientist whose white-nose syndrome research will provide the main story arc of the film.
The good news is that The Invisible Mammal
feature film has taken flight! In Sept/Oct of 2019, we filmed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, following a study that could be pivotal in helping bats overcome white-nose syndrome. We have a TON of footage now, and we'll begin editing over the fall and winter this year, and pick filming back up in the Spring of 2020. I've increased the goal of this GoFundMe campaign to $10K and leaving it open-ended so we can continue to do our house parties throughout the course of making this film.
We will use the funds raised to pay for permits, travel, equipment and crew expenses while filming on location. Be part of the endeavor to continue filming stories about bats across North America by making a donation today. The Wild Lens Collective
is a 501(c)3 organization and is the fiscal sponsor of The Invisible Mammal
We deeply appreciate your support, and are grateful to be taking this journey with you.
For more information about the film, visit: http://www.theinvisiblemammal.com/