We had an extra incentive to make "Wild Things," namely to pull the veil of secrecy off the US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program, which does everything it can to avoid public scrutiny. The vast majority of Americans have no idea that their tax dollars are being spent to kill tens of thousands of native carnivores annually, often in inhumane ways.
It used to be rare for major advocacy organizations to make documentaries, but that's changed in recent years. Both the ACLU and the Sierra Club, for instance, have produced TV series about their issues, and "Wild Things" is NRDC's fourth documentary to find TV distribution. Our films "Acid Test" and "Stories from the Gulf" both aired on Discovery Networks, and a short we made called "Crude Substitute" aired on Sundance Channel.
NRDC's film unit is just finishing up its most ambitious project yet, a 60-minute documentary featuring Sting, called "Sonic Sea," about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. We're producing it with the creative studio Imaginary Forces and in conjunction with our sister organization, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Our writer is Mark Monroe, who wrote the Oscar-winning film, "The Cove." Stay tuned for more information about "Sonic Sea," coming soon.