The Invisible Mammal Production Fund

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.

Photo of the 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats beginning to emerge from the mouth of Bracken Cave by Melyssa Mendoza.

In 2019, we filmed in Central 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. We filmed in Central Texas at Bracken Cave, home to 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats. And we filmed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, following a study that could be pivotal in helping bats overcome white-nose syndrome. Before the end of 2019, we will be filming in a cave in the Texas Panhandle and potentially in Plumas County, CA, where the fungus that causes WNS was detected. 

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. We hope to raise $10,000 by the end of 2019 so we can hire an editor to edit a teaser, so we can find co-production partners, investors and grant funding. 

The Wild Lens Collective is a 501(c)3 organization and is the fiscal sponsor of The Invisible Mammal. Your donations are tax deductible. 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! 

We deeply appreciate your support, and are grateful to be taking this journey with you.

For more information about the film, visit:
  • Anonymous 
    • 5 $ 
    • 15 d
  • Catherine H Fox 
    • 50 $ 
    • 1 mo
  • Lorraine Esther Hess 
    • 50 $ 
    • 1 mo
  • Adriana Elijahs Gf 
    • 50 $ 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • 50 $ 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer and beneficiary

Kristin Tieche 
San Francisco, CA
Matthew Podolsky