PBS Nature Screening

PBS Nature Screening

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

SOLD OUT-Join PBS Nature producers as they share their favorite clips from the series and the 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. Ann and Fred will also be sharing some information about the coming PBS Nature American: Spring LIVE series premiering on WXXI in April. 

In addition to the PBS Nature producers, our local bird experts from Wild Wings will be present to share some of their rescued birds and information about local conservation and preservation. Wild Wing's mission is to foster awareness, enhance respect and promote personal responsibility for the nature world. They serve as a wildlife sanctuary, focusing on birds of prey and educational programming. Please note: Wild Wings will be bringing live birds to this event. 

The event is free, but reservations are required. Tickets can be reserved here.

WXXI has several family friendly events and other citizen science activities planned as part of this American Spring LIVE outreach project, 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.

Major support for Nature: American Spring LIVE was provided by the National Science Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation.


Local support for this screening and other Nature events and special programming is provided by: