PBS Nature Screening

PBS Nature Screening

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

PBS Nature producers share their favorite clips for the series and behind the scene stories about them.

PBS Nature shares the splendors of the natural world every Wednesday evening on WXXI-TV and on March 13th WXXI is bringing Nature’s executive producer Fred Kaufman and Emmy-winning filmmaker Ann Johnson Prum to the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue). They’ll screen clips from their favorite Nature episodes, including Hummingbirds and Sex, Lies, and Butterflies, and share behind the scenes details about them, plus answer questions from the audience. The event is free, but reservations are required. Online registration form coming soon.

This screening is made possible as part of a Nature: American Spring Live grant. WXXI has several family friendly events planned as part of this grant and you can learn more about them at WXXI.org/citizenscience.

More about the our PBS Nature guests:

Fred Kaufman: Since 1991, Fred Kaufman has served as executive producer of Nature, the Emmy Award-winning series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York for PBS. He has been an integral part of the show's production since its 1982 premiere. Additionally, Mr. Kaufman is the director of Natural History for Thirteen.  As executive producer of Nature, Fred has brought viewers more than 100 documentaries and mini-series, including Horses, Extraordinary Dogs and Extraordinary Cats, Dolphins: Close Encounters, John Denver: Let This Be a Voice and Antarctica: The End of the Earth.  Fred has forged several strategic partnerships as head of Nature, including those with National Geographic Television and the BBC. In 1994, he was named executive producer of In the Wild, a series of specials hosted by celebrities like Robin Williams and Goldie Hawn. He also holds an executive production credit for the 1993 mini-series The World of Nature, hosted by Walter Cronkite. 


Ann Johnson Prum: An avid outdoorswoman and jack-of-all-trades, Ann is the Executive Producer, Cinematographer and Founder of Coneflower Productions. At the ripe age of 24, Ann’s love of nature and adventure led her to gain her first gig as a wildlife cinematographer. As Ann got more experience, she was able to contribute more and more to the films she worked on by taking on roles in editing, directing, and producing, eventually creating her own independent company in 1994. For the past 20 years, Ann has been creating television documentaries about nature, science, and the arts for channels including PBS Nature, Discovery, TBS, The Sundance Channel, HGTV and the Science Channel. Most recently, she was nominated for the 2010 Emmy for Best Nature Documentary for Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air and was awarded the 2013 Emmy for Best Nature Documentary for An Original Duckumentary.

Nature is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. American Spring LIVE is a production of Berman Productions, Inc. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET. Nature: American Spring LIVE was made possible in part by the National Science Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. Additional financial support was provided by the Arnhold Family in memory of Clarisse Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, the Anderson Family Fund, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, the Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr., Sandra Atlas Bass, Doris R. and Robert J. Thomas, Charles Rosenblum, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by the nation’s public television stations.