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Grizzly Man

In GRIZZLY MAN Werner Herzog explores the life and death of Timothy Treadwell who lived among the grizzly bears of Alaska for 13 consecutive summers until being attacked and eaten by a bear in 2003.

Director: Werner Herzog
Year: 2005
Time: 103min

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Share the film. Give others an opportunity to learn about Timothy Treadwell’s story.

Support Grizzly People and other organizations that work for animal rights like Alaskan grizzlies.

Join conservation efforts to protect the wilderness from modern threats such as loss of habitation, food scarcity, displacement, pollution and ecological breakdown.

Lighten your carbon footprint by, for example, driving less and eating locally produced food.

Strive to be emphatic, even towards people you don’t understand. People were quick to criticize Timothy Treadwell’s passionate efforts without knowing anything about his internal battle.  As Plato said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

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Exploring One Man’s Fate in the Alaskan Wilderness

“GRIZZLY MAN makes you want to grab its maker and head off to the nearest bar to discuss man’s domination of nature and how Disney’s cute critters reflect our profound alienation from the natural order.”

Check out Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review.

A Filmmakers Responsibility

Herzog was faced with the decision of including an audio recording of Treadwell and Amie Huguenard’s death. “You would violate the right and the dignity of the death of these two individuals,” Werner said. “You just don’t do it.”

Werner Herzog speaks about the moral responsibility of what NOT to show in a documentary film.

Herzog on the Obscenity of the Jungle

Herzog has a long-standing relationship with nature at its extremes. Though he’s found nature to be completely overwhelming, it’s also inspired some of his most magnificent cinematic moments.

While filming FITZCARRALDO, Herzog literally transported a 320-ton steamship through the jungle. Listen as he reflects on the horror of the jungle.

In His Own Words: Timothy Treadwell’s Account of Living With Grizzly Bears

In the mid-1980s, Treadwell, then an alcoholic and drug addict who had barely lived through an overdose, decided to study grizzly bears.

Consider reading Treadwell’s book: Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears in Alaska.

Timothy Treadwell’s Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears

Nick Jans provides a moving portrait of the man whose controversial ideas and behavior earned him the scorn of hunters, the adoration of animal lovers, and the skepticism of naturalists.

This book will help you understand more about Timothy Treadwell.

Director Interview

Werner Herzog speaks with film critic Desson Thomson about his work in GRIZZLY MAN.

Into The Wild

Do you find Treadwell to be a fascinating character? He’s not the only person to be seduced by the Alaskan wilderness. Check out Into the Wild, the breathtaking story of Christopher McCandless.

Werner Herzog was in the midst of an interview with the BBC when he was shot by an LA sniper.

But the interview went on nonetheless.

Watch the interview where Herzog talks about his film, GRIZZLY MAN.


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