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Adventures of the American Pika

This is a wildlife film about the American Pikas (Ochotona princeps). This film takes us on a journey that explores the lives and adventures of two pikas who live in the Rocky Mountains.

We would like to help raise awareness and encourage conservation of these arduous individualists. American pikas are fascinating and cute creatures with a big personality.

  • Jere Folgert
  • Jere Folgert
  • Jere Folgert
  • American Pika (Ochotona princeps)
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Other
  • Genres:
    wildlife, nature, animal, conservation, wilderness, pika, ochotona, montana
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 23, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    212,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4K and HD
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 4th North American Pika Consortium, NWCSC
    Reno, NV
    United States
    February 7, 2017
    Peer Review Screening by Pika Experts
  • Yosemite International Film Festival
    United States
    November 30, 2018
    Honorable Mention
    United States
    October 25, 2017
    Best North American Film
Director Biography - Jere Folgert

Jere Folgert uses his photography and filming to exemplify his passion for wildlife and wild places. He shares photos and experiences from decades of hiking, camping, and skiing across the American West. "Wildlife and wild lands are my interest," says Mr. Jere Folgert.

Jere explains, "In my humble opinion, wilderness is a place to be respected and revered. Wilderness has many natural benefits that we are just beginning to understand. I deeply believe wilderness is a place of safety and refuge from the pressures of our fast-paced society. Wild places provide us with a get-away, where we can seek relief from the crowds, traffic, construction, and noises that too often confine us. "

Jere graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison (A Bachelor of Science), and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (world-class Masters of Science) after time in the United States Army. While in the military, he received an Army Commendation Medal and an Army Achievement Medal for his excellent military service.

If Jere is not in his Bozeman, Montana studio, he likely will be hidden in the wilderness, observing, filming, and dipping his brush into nature's colors. He artfully captures subtle intricacies in nature; including patterns, dimensions, and textures.

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Director Statement

Ever since I can remember, my connection to the world was through nature. Our family was virtually always outside; Gardening, planting trees, camping, fishing, picking berries, and exploring. Every spring we collected maple sap and produced maple syrup. I grew up with a Nikkormat film camera (Mr. Camera), a camera my dad used while in the Airforce in Alaska. This beaten-up-camera was so flashy and captivating to use. A wheel turned the film, the shutter clicks were loud, and every photo was magic waiting to happen. I filled my memory with blue skies, white clouds, captivating flowers with deep roots, and wild creatures who thrived in the primeval woods.