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The Filmmakers


For the Kenyan rhino caretakers whose livelihoods depend on the last male northern white rhino in the world, each day brings the fear that it may be his last.

The Filmmakers


For the Kenyan rhino caretakers whose livelihoods depend on the last male northern white rhino in the world, each day brings the fear that it may be his last.

THE FILMMAKERS

 

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DAVID HAMBRIDGE 

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | DP

David is an award winning commercial + documentary filmmaker currently based in North Carolina, USA.  He began filming 'The Last Male Standing' following a successful Kickstarter campaign in May of 2015.  His approach towards documentary work lies in evoking emotion within the highly intimate moments that the characters share with the audience.

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JESSE PADDOCK

WRITER | ASSISTANT EDITOR

Jesse is a writer & adjunct professor at University of North Carolina's School of Journalism.  He carries over a decade’s experience as an editor in nonfiction storytelling. In May 2016, Jesse joined the production as a an editor + additional cinematographer being present for the most formative parts of the film's narrative.

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AMI VITALE

Consulting Producer

Ami is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer.  She has traveled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.  Ami has lent her knowledge, story advisement, and spirit to the production in ways immeasurable. 

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SETTING


"We heard a baby cry in the bush, he could barely stand.  I was the first to feed him.  He was named Ringo Starr, which represents peace for these rhinos.  Ringo thinks I am his papa."

- JoJo

SETTING


"We heard a baby cry in the bush, he could barely stand.  I was the first to feed him.  He was named Ringo Starr, which represents peace for these rhinos.  Ringo thinks I am his papa."

- JoJo

 

SHORT SYNOPSIS

THE LAST MALE STANDING is an intimate feature-length documentary project that explores the lives of the Kenyan rhino caretakers who watch over the last male northern white rhino in the world.  The story explores three dynamic characters who have budding families that depend on the income provided by the teetering rhino billed as ‘The Ambassador of Extinction’ by mainstream media.  Currently, Sudan could collapse any day, as he's on borrowed time at 44 years old.  The film exposes deeply personal bonds between these men and the rhino that their livelihood depends on.  It also bears witness to tragedies of both humans and animals lost (while filming), the search for potential IVF methods being developed thousands of miles away to save the species from extinction, and more thematically the mainstream media’s ineffectiveness of conveying this reality of what lies on the brink of extinction. THE LAST MALE STANDING takes a more evocative human experiential approach towards illuminating larger issues of poaching and looming extinction, specifically a grave reminder of where we have arrived as a result of these behaviors and the fates of the people it truly effects when the last male is no longer standing.

 

 
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SUPPORT


"We will be the last caretakers to have looked after the northern white rhinos."

- James Mwenda

SUPPORT


"We will be the last caretakers to have looked after the northern white rhinos."

- James Mwenda

SUPPORT CONSERVATION THROUGH FILMMAKING

MAKE A Tax DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TODAY TO HELP US FINISH THE FILM.

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REAL LIVES, REAL IMPACT:

High impact documentaries can make an incredible difference.  That's a fact.  We admire 'the Virunga model' when it comes to the relationship between wildlife caretakers & the animals they protect or 'the Restrepo model' when it comes to earning trust from your characters by embedding with them.  When you support The Last Male Standing, you are supporting intimate documentary storytelling from the ground level.  Our characters have granted us their personal trust and story-rights founded on multiple self-funded trips back to Kenya until we basically went broke.  We've built lasting relationships with our characters and ground team, ones that will outlast the production of this documentary film. Our story reflects that.

WHAT THIS FILM ISN'T:

You will not hear a western voice-over rattling off extinction statistics you've already heard about in the headlines.  If that's what you like, this film isn't for you.  We apologize for taking risks. 

WHO BACKS OUR FILM:

We are an independent documentary film supported by Southern Documentary Fund (501c3) A percentage of all donations made to The Last Male Standing go towards finishing the film as a tool to spread awareness in saving the northern white rhinos from extinction. 

 
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Production Stills


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Join Us


"Every time Sudan looks at us, it's like we are staring in the eyes of extinction ."

- James Mwenda

Join Us


"Every time Sudan looks at us, it's like we are staring in the eyes of extinction ."

- James Mwenda