Off the Fence adds WaterBear Network’s original content
July 28, 2021
This World Nature Conservation Day, content company Off the Fence has announced it has furthered its collaboration with WaterBear Network, a free streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet, by adding the platform’s original documentaries to its extensive catalogue. Sharing the same founder, the executive producer of BAFTA and Oscar winning feature documentary My Octopus Teacher Ellen Windemuth, both companies have been working hand in hand to create engaging content to inspire global audiences to drive change.
Off the Fence’s Head of Acquisitions Loren Baxter said: “We are thrilled to be adding WaterBear Network’s groundbreaking content to our catalogue. There has been a rise in popularity of impact-led content in the past year, which was largely brought about by the pandemic. People are becoming more aware of the ever changing world around them and wish to create a better future for the planet.”
WaterBear Network’s original content spans long and short form documentaries and series, including;
- The Breakdown: Executive produced, directed and narrated by leading British activist, campaigner, environmentalist, and filmmaker Jack Harries, The Breakdown is a five-part short form video series delving into important topics from Climate Change, Climate Denial, Climate Justice and Climate Solutions.
- So Hot Right Now: From climate justice to ocean activism, this series of animated short films hosted by environmental broadcaster Lucy Siegle and nature and science filmmaker Tom Mustill, tackles key issues and provides inspiration for personal development on climate action.
- Africa’s Hidden Sea Forest: In this short film, we see Craig Foster’s (My Octopus Teacher) wife, Swati Thiyagarajan, from the Sea Change Project, overcoming her fear of swimming driven by her quest to discover and conserve the Great African Seaforest, the whales and the myriad of species that depend on it. Discover how nature heals, if we just listen and feel.
- An Eye for Detail: This film follows 22-year-old Alfie Bowen, an up and coming wildlife photographer whose work is starting to take the world by storm. Diagnosed with autism at age 11, Alfie’s life has not been easy but his love for animals and photography has kept him going. An Eye for Detail explores how nature and art can not only be an outlet for those living with disabilities but also a therapy for people struggling with mental illness.
- Mother of the Sea: Short film exploring the impact of plastics found in our oceans. The film tells the legend of The Mother of the Sea – a tale that virtually every Inuit from Greenland to the Canadian Arctic knows in some form or another. This is a “living story”, it’s not about the past; this story is taking place right now.
- Not a Pet: Five-part original series “Not A Pet” examines the illegal wildlife pet trade of Cheetahs, Tigers, Birds, Primates & Reptiles. The series explores the role social media plays in the parading and trading of exotic animals online. Watch and sign the petition today on WaterBear.
- The Whale Who Saved Me: This film delves into the fascinating story of whale biologist Nan Hauser who had an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind encounter with a Humpback Whale.
With a catalogue of over 6,000 hours of diverse programming across three content pillars – Yesterday (History) Today (Impact, Natural History, Travel and Adventure, Lifestyle, Crime) and Tomorrow (Science) – Off the Fence delivers high-quality programming to broadcasters and new media partners across the globe. WaterBear Network’s content feeds into Today, focusing on impact and our relationship with the planet.
Launched in December 2020, the WaterBear Network is a groundbreaking streaming platform showcasing award-winning documentaries as well as original content inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The WaterBear Network members are able to stream video at any time, and on any device all for free, facilitating awareness, education and action.