In Focus: Grizzly Man
Lecture & Screening
Michael Fox is a film critic and journalist for KQED’s Arts and Culture blog. He is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle and an inductee of SFFILM’s Essential SF. Fox has taught documentary classes in the OLLI programs at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University for some twenty years.
The film that “turned Herzog’s distinctive Bavarian accent into a pop culture phenomenon” (IndieWire), Grizzly Man investigates the life and death of naturalist and self-styled bear authority Timothy Treadwell, a former actor who gained notoriety by camping out among grizzlies in Alaska and mythologizing their behavior, before tragically being killed and eaten by one. Herzog used and mused over hundreds of hours of Treadwell’s video footage for this memorable essay on nature, both human and wild. “In all the faces of all the bears that Treadwell ever filmed,” he notes, “I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature.”