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This anticipated film by Oscar-winning directors Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi follows Doug and Kris Tompkins on an epic, decades-spanning love story as wild as the landscapes they dedicated their lives to protecting.
Once you see it, you might also want to rethink your life’s second act!
About the Film
WILD LIFE spotlights former Patagonia CEO and president and co-founder of Tompkins Conservation, Kristine Tompkins, on an epic, decades-spanning love story as wild as the landscapes she has dedicated her life to protecting. After falling in love in midlife, Kris and outdoorsman and entrepreneur Doug Tompkins left behind the world of the massively successful outdoor brands they’d helped pioneer — Patagonia, The North Face and Esprit — and turned their attention to a visionary effort to create National Parks throughout Chile and Argentina. WILD LIFE chronicles their journey to effect the largest private land donation in history.
The film spans decades of entrepreneurial and conservation work and serves as a stunning look into the unbelievable professional and personal highs and lows of Kristine’s life. Shot all across the wilderness of Chile, in conjunction with archival footage, the film is ripe with lush cinematography and poignant moments. The film also chronicles Kris and Doug’s close relationship with Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, and Kris’ time working in the early days of his climbing gear company, Chouinard Equipment, which quickly evolved into the conscious outdoor adventure brand that we know today as Patagonia.
Kristine Tompkins on WILD LIFE
“Jimmy and Chai have honored Doug’s and my life’s work in a profound, moving way. I am grateful. I can only wish that WILD LIFE offers a semblance of hope and reminds anyone who sees it that whoever you are and wherever you live you can make a difference in this world. Our work at Tompkins Conservation — restoring the planet by creating parks on land and sea and rewilding — is constant and ongoing.”
— Kristine Tompkins, Tompkins Conservation Cofounder and President
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The Making of a Patagonian National Park In this week’s episode of Unpacked by AFAR, we talk with conservationist Kris Tompkins about jaguars, rewilding, and her enduring fascination with Patagonia—all the subject of a new documentary. | Aislyn Greene, Host | Unpacked by AFAR, Podcast S2, E16
Review: ‘Wild Life,’ a visually stirring portrait of land preservation and self-preservation It may not achieve the white-knuckle visceral kicks found in their Oscar-winning 2018 documentary “Free Solo,” but co-directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin deliver another rewardingly triumphant, visually stirring portrait of overcoming adversity with their latest effort, “Wild Life.” | By Michael Rechtshaffen | Los Angeles Times — April 21, 2023
VIDEO INTERVIEW | Conservationist responsible for new parkland now the subject of feature film documentary When Kris Tompkins gave up her job as CEO of the Patagonia clothing company 30 years ago, she never imagined her life would become the subject of a film by Oscar-winning documentarians. But thanks to historic land donations by her and her husband, North Face founder Doug Tompkins, now she is. | By Ben Tracy | CBS News — April 13, 2023
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