Film & Panel: "Learning to See: The World of Insects"

  • Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater 1001 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO, 80302 United States

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Join us for the Colorado premier of Jake Oelman's "Learning to See: The World of Insects." Jerry Aronson, the award winning filmmaker and the producer of "Learning to See," will introduce the film and take questions from the audience after the screening, along with Dr. Deane Bowers, Professor, Museum Curator on Entomology, and Chair of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Colorado.

This documentary tells the inspiring story of photographer Robert Oelman, who leaves a psychology career in the early 1990s and moves from the United States to Colombia during the height of Colombian drug violence to start a new life. Not yet clear about where this new life will lead him, he purchases a small farm in the hills and begins to photograph people, perfects photographing hummingbirds and eventually finds a new passion in photographing the myriad of beautiful and often cryptic insects in the forests of the Amazon Basin - many of which are the first known sightings of their species. Oelman shows us the sobering reality that many of these incredible creatures will be extinct before humans know they exist, placing ecosystems, the web of life and humans in peril.

Oelman's photographs are recognized for their scientific merit in aiding researchers to identify new insect species, as well as being works of art in themselves. Learn more about Robert Oelman's work at his website

Run Time: 68 minutes

View the trailer.