A companion film to this year’s nature and wildlife documentary Deep in the Heart, Austin-based director Ben Masters’ American Ocelot examines the past, present, and potential future of the U.S. endangered species of wild cat. Masters returns to the deep south of Texas, where the nation’s remaining population of 100 ocelots live on public and private land in isolation and threat of extinction. He follows the efforts of one ocelot to raise her two kittens in the wild while examining the ways the federal government, Texas private landowners could work together with other parties to not just protect but to boost the dwindling population of ocelots in Texas. American Ocelot will screen at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the AFS Cinema with director Ben Masters in attendance. American Ocelot will also premiere at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 on Austin PBS KLRU-TV and will re-air at 1 a.m. Nov. 10, and 4 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 13. The Austin-based Ben Masters previously directed the nature and wildlife documentaries Deep in the Heart and The River and the Wall. He also produced the 2017 documentary Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story and produced and appeared in the 2015 documentary Unbranded.
Note: American Ocelot is now available to stream at YouTube or at https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/about-american-ocelot/27932/
Aired: Nov. 8, 2022.