"The documentary “Wild Daze” is an extraordinary movie. It is the kind of film that becomes an Oscar darling because it provokes and compels the viewer to take action. Rather than just tugging on your heartstrings, filmmaker and director Phyllis Stuart presents compelling information in the form of provocative and insightful interviews and compelling visuals that together, deliver a one-two punch to the gut of the viewer, leaving the audience in awe of such magnificent animals that they want to stand up and do something to protect pachyderms from the threat of extinction." 

Lynette Carrington, Its Just Movies.com

“Wild Daze represents a shot across the bow of complacency, a wake up call that it’s not too late but that wild things in wild places need our help now more than ever. One of the most difficult battles we must face is fighting complacency. If the world either forgets the plight of elephants and other wildlife or believes it is a sad inevitability that we will lose our wild things in our wild places then our job gets so much harder.” 

Mike Korchinsky, Founder Wildlife Works

“Far too many Americans know little to nothing about Africa, or how the devastation of African wildlife and natural ecosystems impacts us. But we are connected on this pretty globe and saving African forests is vital to abating climate change. So, if the headlines don’t get people’s attention, maybe Wild Daze will galvanize them.”  Greg Laemmle,  Laemmle Theatres

"Your film Wild Daze is very powerful and important. And beautifully made!" Kate Amend, Emmy nominated editor (The Case Against 8, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, One Lucky Elephant) and an Academy Governor Documentary Branch"

"Wild Daze amps up the spotlight on this poaching issue with a sobering, accessible lens we can't afford to ignore. Some of the deadliest armed conflicts and terrorist networks on the planet thrive off of ivory and horn trafficking, and use many of the same international trade routes, commercial facilitation, and money-laundering mechanisms as the world's most menacing drug cartels."  Holly Dranginis, Enough Project

A compelling story Phyllis Stuart was definitely on a journey while filming “Wild Daze.” The documentary showcases and demonstrates the dire challenges facing species that depend on biodiversity. Stuart traveled to sub-Saharan Africa to capture the ugly truth on the battle between humans’ paradoxical craving to control nature and our ultimate need to save the wild. By sharing the beauty of Africa while revealing the dire and potentially irrevocable consequences caused by mankind, Stuart wants her film to opens the eyes of the viewers and warns them of what could happen if we do not do all we can to turn the tide against this ecocide."  

Adrian Gomez Albuquerque Journal

Image by Billy Dodson

"I love this movie. And when filmmaker Phyllis Stuart contacted me to join the Virtual Cinema Campaign for her new documentary film Wild Daze, I had no choice but to say, 'Yes’."  Richard Paradise,, Programmer, Boulder Environmental / Nature / Outdoors Film Festival ​

"Nothing could be dearer to my heart I have spent much time in Africa and given help to those animals. I am so proud my name is mentioned in connection with your film, Wild Daze. I hope I get to watch you receive The Oscar.. Cecilia DeMille Presley, Executive Producer, Wild Daze

"The animals of this planet deserve our support not because their lives are beautiful to witness for humans, but their lives are beautiful to themselves.  It is a joy to support those who see the intrinsic value of all life, such as the crew behind Wild Daze." Ari Nessel,
The Pollination Project

“Wild Daze is an extremely relevant documentary that explores the threats humans pose to wildlife. Its filmmaker Phyllis Stuart not only dove into the corruption, the deforestation, the bush meat trade and the exploding human population threatening the wildlife, but she also beautifully captured the animals in their natural habitats while giving a voice to the many passionate people who work tirelessly to save them from the many threats they face.”  Yolanda Macias, Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions Cinedigm

I“After 40 years of conservation work, I have learned that conservation is about people…and money. We must track the billions of dollars provided to Africa in aid and loans and ask ‘Why is Africa still failing to protect its natural resources indigenous peoples?’ ‘Why is there still rampant poverty and disease?’ Why is post neo-colonialism transformed into conservation colonialism?’ Yes, the whole world needs to support protecting Africa's unique wildlife. Wild Daze helps drive this message home. If the wildlife salvation task is left to conservationists alone, we cannot win this war on our natural world. The issues presented in Phyllis Stuart’s film Wild Daze are a critical path toward understanding the challenges wildlife face, and a roadmap to meet the quiet heroes that work tirelessly to stem the tide. Wild Daze is a clarion call to act, now!” Eli Weiss, WildIze Foundation

Wild Daze is a feature-length documentary forged by a fierce desire to save the African wildlife, while also protecting its exploited women, children and forest peoples.

If it Doesn't Challenge You,

it Doesn't Change You. 

Wild Daze is a new feature-length documentary forged by a fierce desire to save the African wildlife, while also protecting its exploited women, children and forest peoples.

 

An astonishing look at the complex threats which humans impose on Africa's vanishing wildlife, Wild Daze undeniably demonstrates how their loss affects the entire planet. ​

 

Set in Sub-Saharan Africa, in her compelling documentary, Wild Daze, director and producer, Phyllis Stuart shares the unvarnished truth about the battle between human’s desire to control nature and our need to save the wild. ​

 

Rife with brilliant activists and conservation experts, Stuart dives into crime, hunting, deforestation, the bush meat trade and earth's fastest growing human population. Stuart captured a wide range of exhilarating and terrifying stories from wildlife activists who, for decades, have navigated harrowing social practices and systemic corruption to save the wild.​ Although independently created, Wild Daze has enjoyed support from esteemed cast like: Dr. Jane Goodall, Will Travers, Ofir Drori, Tony Fitzjohn, Richard Bonham, among others.   

 

Employing mesmerizing visuals captured by brilliant wildlife photographers and seasoned cinematographers, aided by powerful narration from Emmy-winning actor, Keith David, and bolstered by a bold musical score from Emmy-winning composer, Lolita Ritmanis. 

 

​Wild Daze wades rapt (and at times shocked) viewers ever so gently through Africa’s murky complicity to reveal how human activity takes a huge toll on the wild.  Saving the Congo basin rainforest and its precious biodiversity helps everyone. If we don't protect this forest, we can never abate climate change. ​

While human beings are tied to animal welfare in ways both ethical and existential. 

Wild Daze audiences also see how saving the wild is as much about helping people as it is about protecting nature. Because human beings are dependent on nature when we work to save nature, we are really working to save ourselves. Since human survival hangs in the balance, we must decide whether we see ourselves as superior, as custodians, as entitled consumers or as a part of a delicate ecosystem.

 

Most people don't realize African wildlife is facing extinction, but believe Africa is still a massive frontier teeming with wildlife and is largely devoid of humans. The truth is we have lost 83% of wild mammals and 50% of plants in the past forty years. ​​

Ofir Drori with his first rescue chimp, Future

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2554 Lincoln Blvd. #388

Venice, CA 90291

EMAIL: wilddazedoc@gmail.com

 

FAX / Phone: 310-229-5365

 

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