The Wetlands Experience

We first met Calvin Latour and his film crew out at the Palo Alto Baylands. As part of a documentary class at San Francisco State, Calvin and his classmates used this opportunity to explore their local environment and share their findings through film. At Save The Bay we’re all about fostering the next generation of Bay stewards and look forward to seeing future work from this group of students.

What do you want the audience to take away from your film?
The goal of this short film was to inform Bay Area residents about local wetlands and their value to the entire region. My hope is the audience will feel motivated to reduce pollution in their communities, thereby protecting these sensitive ecosystems from further damage.

What was your favorite location around the Bay to shoot your film?
My favorite filming location was the Palo Alto Baylands. Prior to this experience I rarely visited the Bay’s wetlands, but I’m glad I did! It was surprising to see how vast the landscape was and the abundance of wildlife.  This is where I captured footage of the pheasant you see in the film.

Has this experience inspired you to produce more films or tell more stories about the Bay?
Yes, in the future I would like to produce more natural history films about different wildlife species in the Bay Area. Migratory bird species and local predators including mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, and foxes are just a couple topics that I have in mind.

Do you feel more connected to San Francisco Bay as a result of making this film?
Absolutely! I feel more in tune with the Bay and its surrounding communities. I feel as though I have been given the opportunity to give the wetlands a voice and help local residents understand all of the benefits they provide. Wetlands act as a natural flood barrier and protect neighboring communities during storms by absorbing large quantities of water, help improve water quality by filtering out pollutants, provide habitat for endangered animal and bird species, and serve as wonderful places for people to enjoy.