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Wild Texas Film Tour Coming to Texas Hill Country

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Written by Lydia Saldaña.

All photos courtesy of Ben Masters Fin & Fur Films. 

Award-winning Central Texas filmmaker Ben Masters is taking conservation-related short films on a road trip across Texas. San Antonio and Austin are two of eleven stops for the Wild Texas Film Tour. Tour dates start on September 21 and will end in late October. The tour will feature Texas wildlife, adventure, and conservation short films along with characters from the films, filmmakers, wildlife biologists, and other experts.

Selah Bamberger Ranch

Photo: Hillary Pierce

One of the films features noted conservationist David Bamberger, who’s Selah Bamberger Ranch in Johnson City was called the worst piece of real estate in Blanco when he purchased it in 1969. Bamberger’s incredible conservation ethic and close to 50 years of work has resulted in a remarkable transformation that is now a national model for land stewardship. Masters’ film, “Water from Stone,” tells the story of the man, the land, and the legacy he is leaving for future generations.

Bat Conservation International

Bracken Cave Manager Fran Hutchens with Bat Conservation International will be one of the featured guests at the San Antonio event on September 21. One of the films that will be screened at that event highlights the efforts to learn more about white-nose syndrome, the deadly disease that has killed millions of bats across the country.

More About the Tour

Wild Texas Tour Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation  Photo: Hillary Pierce

“We hope this tour will shine a spotlight on Texas conservation issues, inspire viewers to engage in grassroots efforts, and increase support for local conservation organizations,” said Masters, who is hosting the tour.

The film tour is being sponsored by YETI, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF), TPWF’s young professionals organization Stewards of the Wild, The Borderlands Research Institute, and King Land & Water. TPWF Stewards of the Wild chapters will be involved in the tour in several locations.

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