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Wildlife filmmaker takes audience on a journey to untamed lands

Hear first-hand Filipe DeAndrade’s one-of-a-kind stories of close encounters with crocodiles, mountain lions, coyotes, monkeys, birds and a 39-kilogram snapping turtle.

Brazilian wildlife filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade has said that he will be i n Victoria for the first time to “take people for a trip around the world” at Untamed, a National Geographic Live touring speaker series, at the Royal Theatre Jan. 25.

As part of the presentation, the audience will see a film and get to hear first-hand DeAndrade’s one-of-a-kind stories of close encounters with crocodiles, mountain lions, coyotes, monkeys, birds and a 39-kilogram snapping turtle.

“That’s the most rewarding part of the touring speaker series,” said DeAndrade, who was born in Rio de Janeiro. “It is the ability to see the people’s reaction to the film and then engaging with them.”

DeAndrade won National Geographic’s Wild to Inspire short film competition in 2015 and was subsequently invited to help shoot documentaries in Africa. This eventually led to hosting his own show Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade, which premièred on National Geographic WILD’s YouTube Channel in 2017. DeAndrade and his crew of three travel across the United States in a repurposed ambulance filming images and footage of wildlife in Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

During the 70-minute presentation, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session, the 24-year-old filmmaker will talk about finding a personal passion in life and living it with intent. Along the way, he’ll bring you face-to-face with animals, including a hawk moth caterpillar that resembles a venomous snake.

The show also features a broad roster of talent, including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, who share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration.

Tickets start at $41.50 and can be purchased online at rmts.bc.ca, by phone at 250-386-6121 or in person at the McPherson Playhouse box office. The show starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St.

For more information on National Geographic Live, go to natgeolive.com.

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