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OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Chameleon Beach

Chameleon Beach

Original Title: Kamaeleonernes Strand
Director: Adam Schmedes
Denmark | English
2008 | 52min. | Colour
Subtitles: No
Format: Digital Betacam
All Ages
Remarkable high-definition photography gets viewers up-close-and-personal with a fascinating (and cute) group of African chameleons on an idyllic Mediterranean beach in this absorbing nature documentary - a March of the Penguins on sand, not ice. In a lagoon in Greece surrounded by beautiful waters and not-so-beautiful tourist high-rises, only 300 African chameleons now remain (out of thousands in previous generations). Chameleon Beach follows two of them so closely you'll swear they have personalities, as they dart among sand, brush, and trees, avoiding natural predators like snakes, scorpions, and birds and more modern threats like roads, motorcycles, and poachers. Feeling their way out of sand and onto higher elevation, moving their eyes (independent of one another, they process two different images), changing color and spots when angry or threatened (or aroused), these gorgeous, remarkable creatures come to life before our eyes. Capturing never-before-seen moments in nature, Chameleon Beach is a wondrous glimpse into a another world. ---Jason Sanders

Director,  Adam Schmedes

Director,  Adam Schmedes

The managing director of Loke Film, a production company dedicated to creating wildlife and science documentaries, Adam Schmedes began filming nature at the age of eight when he shot the hatching of a chrysalis with a 16 mm camera. Taking a new approach to nature documentaries, which some consider to be avant-garde, Schmedes creates a sense of identification by following a single animal throughout his films and viewing modern society from the animal’s point of view.

Cast and Crew

Music
Nicklas Schmidt, Jes Paul, Morten Alfred Hoirup
Story
Linford Brown
Screenwriter
Adam Schmedes, Peter I. Lauridsen
Editor
Gael Hemery, Jes Paul, Bor Thierry
Cinematographer
Adam Schmedes, Toby Strong, Frej Schmedes
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