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Grizzly Man Details


Filmmaker Werner Herzog adds another real-life character to his growing pantheon of people who walk a fine line between visionary genius and madness in this documentary. Timothy Treadwell was a self-styled authority on bears who, starting in 1990, would spend as much time as possible each year in Alaska, camping out near a grizzly bear habitat. While Treadwell claimed to love the bears and felt as one with them, he had no formal training in their behavior, and while familiarizing himself with the creatures he would walk within a few feet of them with a video camera in hand. To many, Treadwell seemed part man of nature, part conjuror, and part self-promotion expert, but the part that guided his kinship with the bears failed him in 2003, when he and his girlfriend were killed in a grizzly attack. Treadwell shot hundreds of hours of footage of himself and the grizzlies, and Herzog has used this footage as the core of Grizzly Man, a documentary look at Treadwell's life and death, while also including interviews with people who knew him, animal experts, and scientists. Acclaimed British guitarist Richard Thompson composed and performed the film's musical score. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 12, 2005


Awarded by
American Cinema Editors Guild Joe Bini Best Edited Documentary 2005 Nominee


Werner Herzog
Erik Nelson
Peter Zeitlinger
Joe Bini
Alana Berry
Associate Producer
Andrea Meditch
Executive Producer
Tom Ortenberg
Executive Producer
Kevin Beggs
Executive Producer
Phil Fairclough
Executive Producer
Erik Nelson
Executive Producer
Spence Palermo
Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Koykka
Production Manager
Jessica Dejong
Production Manager
Dave Harding
Co-Executive Producer
Erik Sollner
First Assistant Camera
Maya Hawke
Assistant Editor
Henry Kaiser
Music Producer
Jewel Palovak
Co-Executive Producer
Randall M. Boyd
Post Production Supervisor