Chasing Ghosts

Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world’s most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces.

In their quest to identify the pollinator of the ghost orchid for the first time, this team spent three summers standing waist-deep in alligator- and snake-laden water, swatting air blackened by mosquitoes, and climbing to sometimes nausea-inducing heights. They came away with an even deeper love for Florida's wildest wetlands—and with surprising revelations that may help to conserve both the endangered orchid and its shrinking home.

  • Eric Bendick
  • Eric Bendick
  • Eric Bendick
  • Thomas Winston
  • Steven Bedard
  • Carlton Ward Jr.
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  • Mac Stone
    Key Cast
  • Peter Houlihan
    Key Cast
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    Nature, Science, Natural History, Discovery, Wildlife, Pollinators, Environment, Conservation
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Eric Bendick

Eric is a director, producer, and writer whose work explores connectivity, conflict, and human expression at the intersection of man-made and wild spaces. He’s led filming expeditions to the heart of many of the last open landscapes on Earth. His productions for National Geographic, PBS, Smithsonian, and others have garnered an EMMY, a WEBBY, as well as numerous awards and accolades from major film festivals around the world. Eric is a current grantee of the Redford Center.

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