How a Seattle investor, Univ. of Washington pupil and Amazon are linked by new documentary movie – GeekWire

A poster for the documentary movie “Wildcat,” coming to theaters and Amazon Prime Video. (Amazon Picture)

A documentary movie about wildlife conservation and the redemptive energy of nature, shot primarily within the Amazonian rainforest of Peru, has a connection to a different Amazon — in Seattle. The movie’s government producer in addition to the lead topic are additionally from close by Bainbridge Island, Wash.

That trio of circumstances places a singular concentrate on the newest undertaking from Steve Corridor, a longtime enterprise capital investor who has been impressed throughout a wide range of pursuits — tech, conservation, filmmaking, music — by Paul Allen, the late Microsoft co-founder who was Corridor’s boss at Vulcan Capital.

Corridor is without doubt one of the backers of “Wildcat,” a movie that follows Samantha Zwicker, an ecologist and founding father of Hoja Nueva, a nonprofit working to handle threats to the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon. The story tracks Zwicker’s relationship with Harry Turner, a traumatized veteran of the warfare in Afghanistan, and their efforts to assist an orphaned ocelot rescued from the black market.

Samantha Zwicker, founding father of Hoja Nueva. (Hoja Nueva Picture)

Zwicker has bachelor’s and masters levels from the College of Washington and is engaged on finishing her doctorate in quantitative ecology. Corridor has been a donor to Hoja Nueva for a number of years and now sits on the board. When he heard two filmmakers needed to inform Zwicker’s story, he jumped on the likelihood to be concerned.

“I’m very captivated with what Hoja is doing, and Samantha is an actual position mannequin for the following era of girls scientists,” Corridor mentioned. “She’s form of a Jane Goodall of carnivores in that area.”

The movie is the primary characteristic documentary for administrators Melissa Lesh and Trevor Frost, and Corridor equated it to the startup world. His preliminary capital helped kick issues off earlier than a manufacturing firm named 30West put up the majority of the financing.

“It’s like betting in your first founding staff,” Corridor mentioned.

“Wildcat” just isn’t his first involvement with making a movie. Corridor was the lead investor and government producer in 2021 on “East of the Mountains,” the movie based mostly on the best-selling novel by David Guterson. That have taught Corridor how investing in motion pictures differs from his years investing in tech.

And Amazon Studios is definitely no stranger to the trade because the tech large’s Hollywood arm has grow to be a significant participant in movie and tv manufacturing and the acquisition of noteworthy tasks. One report put Amazon’s price ticket for “Wildcat” round $20 million.

Corridor admitted his personal bias for the movie, however mentioned Amazon was “a welcome accomplice” that was clearly thinking about a “very shifting, highly effective story.”

“Movies, like enterprise offers, are extremely dangerous so having Amazon buy and distribute the movie is a really fortunate and lucky consequence and can assist us get the story out to a big viewers,” Corridor mentioned.

“Wildcat,” which was shot primarily in 2018 and 2019, first premiered on the Telluride Movie Pageant in September and has been lively on the movie competition circuit since. It’s on the Worldwide Documentary Movie Pageant in Amsterdam this week and Corridor and Zwicker may even present it off to a hometown viewers on Bainbridge Island on Thursday. A offered out screening and Q&A will happen on the historic Lynwood Theatre.

The movie can have a theatrical launch earlier than it premieres on Prime Video on Dec. 30.

Corridor, who was managing director at Vulcan Capital for practically 20 years, now serves as enterprise accomplice on the Vulcan spin off Cercano Administration. He sits on the boards of the Allen Institute and the Allen Institute for AI and he’s the founding father of his personal Two Bridge Ventures.

Working with Allen for greater than 15 years, Corridor was impressed by the billionaire philanthropist’s capability to have interaction in so many areas outdoors of his unique core focus and background in know-how. Allen’s help for movies corresponding to “Racing Extinction” and “Ghost Fleet” are consistent with what Corridor is hoping for with “Wildcat.”

“What I discovered most putting and tried to use is to take your experience in a single discipline and assist [make an impact] in one other discipline,” Corridor mentioned.

Members of the “Wildcat” staff, from left: co-producer Mallory Bracken, director Melissa Lesh, government producer Steve Corridor, and director Trevor Frost. (Picture courtesy of Steve Corridor)

Corridor has one other documentary undertaking within the works. The 15-second pitch is that the themes are in search of to seek out some uncommon stolen stamps that had been buried within the basement of an condominium constructing in Poland by a Nazi officer in the course of the Holocaust. The doc-series focuses on an effort to find the stamps and return the property to the rightful inheritor.

All this speak of flicks and Paul Allen doesn’t result in any storybook ending, not less than in the case of Corridor, for the beloved Cinerama movie show in Seattle.

Requested whether or not he had any curiosity in upholding that a part of Allen’s legacy, Corridor mentioned proudly owning the theater, closed and in limbo since early within the COVID-19 pandemic, seems like a frightening activity.

“As a lot as I really like motion pictures, and as a lot as I’d wish to consider the way forward for the theater-going expertise will proceed, that’s a difficult enterprise,” he mentioned, citing actual property prices, electrical energy prices, workers prices.

“I didn’t develop up in Seattle, so I don’t have the nostalgic connection that others do and that Paul had,” Corridor added. “It’s an unimaginable icon and I’ve nice hope and belief that it’ll have future. I do know there’s plenty of individuals occupied with that. Simply not me.”

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