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Published February 05, 2018
Wyoming Public Media’s award-winning podcast, “HumaNature,” has been selected to play at the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Mont.
The festival will present a special event with seven official audio documentary selections in the inaugural AudioDocs program produced in partnership with Montana Public Radio.
“HumaNature” host Caroline Ballard and executive producer Micah Schweizer will attend the AudioDocs event Feb. 21 to present the official selections: “Hoofprints on the Heart” and “Dogs Are People, Too.” Ballard and Schweizer also will participate in an audience Q&A.
“It’s a real honor for ‘HumaNature’ to have two episodes selected to play at Big Sky,” Schweizer says. “These stories capture the essence of ‘HumaNature’: intimate, first-person stories about human connections to the natural world.”
A program of the Big Sky Film Institute, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has grown to become the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a Montana mountain town setting. While Big Sky will always be a film festival, the audio documentary has been the fastest growing medium in the documentary field, with radio and podcasts enjoying a 21st century renaissance.
In 2016, “HumaNature” won a national Best Podcast award from Public Radio News Directors Inc. Since fall 2017, the show airs weekly on SiriusXM satellite radio and can be heard monthly on Wyoming Public Radio. The show has been featured on more than a dozen other public radio stations, including the CBC Radio-Canada, New Hampshire Public Radio, KALW San Francisco and WHYY Philadelphia. As a podcast, “HumaNature” draws an audience from all 50 states and dozens of countries around the world.
“As on-demand listening grows, Wyoming Public Media is invested in bringing high-quality content to listeners wherever and whenever they want to listen,” says Wyoming Public Media General Manager Christina Kuzmych. “We’re excited to share the work we’re doing in this field with the Big Sky festival audience.”