AUNE Alumna Gianna Savoie Produces Award-Winning Film
AUNE alumna Gianna (Scaralia) Savoie’s award-winning film Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom was televised on November 14, 2010, at 8 p.m. on the PBS series Nature. Written and produced by Gianna, the one-hour feature documentary was awarded Best Film Made in Montana and a Merit for Scientific Content at the 2010 International Wildlife Film Festival.
For more than a decade, Gianna (ES ’97) has traveled the world creating documentaries to raise public awareness of science and wildlife conservation issues. Her work has been featured on PBS, Animal Planet, Discovery, and National Geographic. She, with a crew, spent more than a year on location in Montana and Alaska filming her story on wolverines, which currently are the subject of a petition for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Among her previous projects are Finding True North, a chronicle of the weeklong journey of fourteen teenage cancer survivors on a 131-foot ocean schooner, and Life in Death Valley, an in-depth look at America’s largest national park. The latter, produced for PBS, was awarded Best Television Program of 2006 by the Montana Cine Film Festival, Best Film About an Ecosystem by the International Wildlife Film Festival and the 2007 Cine Golden Eagle Special Jury Award for best film in its category of environmental and natural science.