Wild Life

Bud Watch Party ~ Wild Life

Friday, May 19, 2023 - 12:00am
Saturday, May 20, 2023 - 12:00am
Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 12:00am
Monday, May 22, 2023 - 12:00am
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 12:00am
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 12:00am
Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 12:00am
Friday, May 26, 2023 - 12:00am
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Sunday, May 28, 2023 - 12:00am
Monday, May 29, 2023 - 12:00am
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - 12:00am
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 12:00am
Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 12:00am
  • Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
A sweeping portrait of conservationists Kris and Doug Tompkins chronicling their fight to preserve one of the last truly wild places on Earth.

From Oscar-winning filmmakers Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, WILD LIFE follows conservationist Kris Tompkins on an epic, decades-spanning love story as wild as the landscapes she dedicated her life to protecting. After falling in love in mid-life, Kris and the outdoorsman and entrepreneur Doug Tompkins left behind the world of the massively successful outdoor brands they'd helped pioneer and turned their attention to a visionary effort to create National Parks throughout Chile and Argentina. WILD LIFE chronicles the highs and lows of their journey to effect the largest private land donation in history.

It was a chance run-in at a remote Argentinian climbing village in 1991 that changed the life of Kristin McDivitt forever. Though she’d met the infamous Doug Tompkins years prior – he had founded The North Face and Esprit while Kris worked alongside Yvon Chouinard to grow Patagonia – they shared a connection that quickly blossomed into a lifelong romance and partnership. Together, they founded Tompkins Conservation, their sights set on preserving some of the last truly wild land on the planet.

WILD LIFE is a sweeping portrait of a conservationist who never stopped evolving and of those who shaped her on a journey to become a global leader of conservation and wildlife preservation. From the epic climbing trips of Doug, Yvon Chouinard and the pioneers of a new kind of outdoor lifestyle to the heated controversy brewing in South America as two Americans purchased local land to a love story as wild as the terrain it unfolded on, the film prompts audiences to ask themselves – what makes life worth living?

How to access Wild Life

Register at the button above for access to watch the film during Bud Werner Library's 14-day screening window. You'll get an email that includes your personal link and access code so you can stream the 93-minute film at home any time during our exclusive screening window that lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.


Run Time: 

93 min.
"Conservation at this level and scale changes the world.”

About Bud's Watch Party

In addition to our in-person film screenings in Library Hall, Bud Werner Library continues to spearhead special opportunities to view hot documentaries at home. The library hopes that you'll enjoy watching these thoughtful films, then come together for community conversations to share the experience.