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Poster for the film Wildcat


Q&A with directors Melissa Lesh and Trevor Beck Frost, moderated by JBFC curator-in-chief Ryan Harrington

Winner of multiple film festival Audience Choice awards, Wildcat follows the emotional and inspiring story of a young veteran on his journey into the Amazon. Once there, he meets a young woman running a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, and his life finds new meaning as he is entrusted with the life of an orphaned baby ocelot. What was meant to be an escape from life turns out to be an unexpected journey of love, discovery, and healing.

Director Melissa Lesh was a JBFC Focus on Nature Artist-in-Residence, and this documentary was edited in part at the JBFC Media Arts Lab.


"The South American ocelot that is at the center of this tale of animal rescue and liberation will attract audiences, but the human characters in this saga hold at least as much appeal."
Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter


12/14 7:00PM Q&A with directors Melissa Lesh and Trevor Beck Frost, moderated by JBFC curator-in-chief Ryan Harrington
Wednesday, Dec. 14 2022, 7:00
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  • Melissa Lesh founded Emerging Earth Films in 2014 as a way to bridge the arts and sciences. As a director, editor and cinematographer, her work has been screened at film festivals around the world and on platforms such as National Geographic, PBS and Discovery. Lesh is a 2019 Sundance grantee and 2022 artist in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York.
  • Trevor Beck Frost is a photographer and filmmaker from Richmond, Virginia. He has received multiple grants from the National Geographic Society for his storytelling work and has published two stories with National Geographic Magazine. More recently he received a grant from the prestigious Sundance Film Institute for a feature documentary film he directed, produced, and filmed with his partner Melissa Lesh. The documentary, Wildcat, premiered at the Telluride International Film Festival in 2022. Wildcat was acquired by Amazon Studios and will play in select theaters across the USA and the UK and will launch on Amazon Prime end of December 2022.
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This film is part of the Focus On Nature series.

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