The Grizzly Truth

Documentary that scrutinizes the motivations and arguments for grizzly bear hunting, while dispelling the myth of the dangerous and ferocious grizzly bear.

  • Thomas Reissmann
    Director
  • Charlie Russell
    Key Cast
    Edge of Eden, Bear Man of Kamchatka, Grizzly Heart
  • Captain Paul Watson
    Key Cast
    Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson
  • Doug Neasloss
    Key Cast
    Trophy
  • Kevin Van Tighem
    Key Cast
    Bears Without Fear
  • Film Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 16, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Distributor Information
  • Journeyman Pictures
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Thomas Reissmann

Tom Reissmann has directed and produced various travel documentaries in Africa, Australia and Europe. He is also the director of Adversity and the Art of Happiness, a social documentary set in Houston, Texas. He teaches videography at workshops and presentations held in North America and Europe and has published two travel books and an online course via Great Escape Publishing. He lives in Calgary, Canada and was born in Dresden, Germany in 1975.

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Director Statement

“When I set out to make "The Grizzly Truth", I wanted to explore the arguments on both sides of the debate over grizzly hunting as objectively as possible.

What I have found, however, in the process of making the film is that there are quite a few myths about grizzly bears as well, which have been propagated over the years by both the hunting industry and the media. So I added Charlie Russell as a major character to the film since he spent 10 years with grizzlies in Russia and has found them to be quite predictable in their behaviour.

What I eventually created is a thorough examination of facts and myths about both the grizzlies and the controversial hunt of grizzly bears."