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The Conservation Game

USA | 2021 | 110 min. | Michael Webber

October 3, 2021

DocFest

Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate on captive big cats in America, The Conservation Game follows the story of Tim Harrison, a retired cop who makes a bombshell discovery while undercover at an exotic animal auction.

Live virtual Q&A scheduled with director Michael Webber.

Showtimes

Sunday, October 3, 2021

11:00 AM

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This film will be available virtually October 4–7 on the SIFF Channel.

*Restricted to audiences in WA State.

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Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate on captive big cats in America, The Conservation Game follows the story of Tim Harrison, a retired cop who makes a bombshell discovery while undercover at an exotic animal auction. He starts to suspect that America’s top television celebrity conservationists may be secretly connected to the exotic pet trade. What follows is a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, filled with lies, deception, and coverups. As his investigation leads deeper into the secret world of the big cat trade, Tim and his team take their fight to the halls of Congress, pressing lawmakers to pass federal legislation that would end the private breeding and exploitation of these endangered and majestic animals. But when opposition comes from an unexpected source, Tim is forced to face the demons of his own past, while wrestling with the consequences of exposing his childhood hero.

“The same impact as Blackfish and The Cove”—San Diego Reader

  • Director: Michael Webber
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 110 min.
  • Producer: Michael Webber
  • Music: Paul Brill, Michael Leonhart
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021 (Social Justice Award)
  • Filmography: The Devil You Know (2013), The Elephant in the Living Room (2010)
  • US Distributor: Cargo Film and Releasing