Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses—in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior—all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy. We follow Katie, a young girl, and her modern family living next to the woods who are blind to the real-life spectacle around them, absorbed by an array of electronic devices in their busy lives. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this new world. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that sometimes in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things that could transform you forever—you just need to step outside.

Length: 22:00 and 43:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2018
  • Date Released:

    March 2018

  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 20-30, 31-50
  • Formats: DCI-compliant Digital, DCI-compliant Laser, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, Dome-customized 15/70, Fulldome
  • Distributor:

    SK Films

  • Produced By:

    An SK Films Release presented with support of Teatown. An Arise Media/Archipelago Films Production in association with Reconsider Media in collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

  • Executive Producer: Jonathan Barker, Sean B. Carroll, Stephen Apkon
  • Producer: Producers: Andrew Young, Susan Todd. Supervising Producer: Myles Connolly. Production Supervisor: Katherine Van Hengel.
  • Director:  Andrew Young, Susan Todd
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Susan Todd, Andrew Young, Wendy MacKeigan, Mose Richards
  • Cinematography: Andrew Young, Michael Male
  • Sound Editor: 

    Images in Sound, Sound designer: Brian Eimer

  • Visual Effects: Southbay VFX, The Molecule VFX, Machineyes VFX, A Precess Media Division VFX
  • Music/Score:  Gil Talmi, Konsonant
  • Editor: Jim Isler, Lincoln Athas
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors:


  • Animals
  • Documentary
  • Ecology
  • Nature




  • Best Film, Short Subject, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2018
  • Best Film for Lifelong Learning, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2018
  • Best Cinematography, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2018
  • Best Visual Effects, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2018
  • Big Idea Award for its marketing campaign “It’s not just a film—it’s a movement.” GSCA Achievement Awards, 2018
  • Children’s Award, Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam, 2018

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