Kodiak, AK (PRWEB) February 28, 2006
DEADLY PASSION -- The Timothy Treadwell Tragedy is a documentary film by Alaskan filmmakers Stefan Quinth and David Kaplan centering on the fatal bear maulings of bear activist Timothy Treadwell and his companion that occurred in October 2003 in Katmai National Park, Alaska. The incident has attracted unprecedented media attention, including news and magazine features, books, and film productions. The details of the story are a source of ongoing controversy, and spans issues of bear-human relations that are far greater than the incident itself. DEADLY PASSION is a film that examines this tragic event within this context.
On October 7, 2003 the world learned of the gruesome deaths of Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard who had been mauled to death and partially eaten by the very bears they sought to study and protect in Katmai National Park, Alaska. This story unfolded in newspapers and magazines across the globe, reporting Treadwell’s passion for bears, delving into details of Treadwell’s life and outlining the personal cause that ultimately led to his death. Now, several filmmakers are trying to present Treadwell’s life and death to a wider audience on the big screen and on television, each taking a different perspective on who Treadwell was and what his life stood for. Hollywood, The Discovery Channel, Werner Herzog, and two Kodiak documentary filmmakers have released or announced production. David Kaplan (Kodiak Resource Development) and Stefan Quinth (Camera Q) have collaborated in the film production of “Deadly Passion -- The Timothy Treadwell Tragedy.” This film will counter the inclination to mythologize Treadwell in death. The documentary aims to objectively examine the causes of Treadwell’s death, looking at what most likely happened. To gather first-hand material for the film, Kaplan and Quinth filmed exclusively in Katmai National Park, Alaska in 2004, capturing the bears and filming where Treadwell communed with these 1,000-pound animals.
Film Review by Alaskan Author, Nick Jans
"Deadly Passion" is a thorough, fair, and artful examination of the circumstances surrounding the death of California bear activist Timothy Treadwell and his companion Amie Huguenard. Rather than sensational, the approach is thoughtful and journalistic -- a series of interviews by Alaskans who knew Timothy, interspersed with footage of Katmai bears. This 37-minute documentary by Kodiak resident David Kaplan and Stefan Quinth offers a unique Alaskan perspective which is far more objective than Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man." And overall, "Deadly Passion" is less judgmental in its approach, as well as more compassionate. I highly recommend this film.
--Nick Jans, author of The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears
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