As many of you know, I have been making the television show MeatEater for a lot of years now. Working with ZPZ, we’ve produced seven full seasons of MeatEater, which comes out to well over 100 episodes. Another season will hit Netflix next fall. In the years that I’ve been working on the show, I’ve come to love the format. It’s 30 minutes long, which is actually just 22 minutes of content. It’s a short amount of time, but I’ve found that you can get a hell of a lot done with it and explore some interesting themes in a fun and cool way.
Over the years, though, I dreamed of creating something that allowed for a deeper dive. I wanted to make a film that better explored the inherent complexities and contradictions of hunting, as well as the extreme physical beauty that can be found in the pursuit of wild food. The result is the documentary Stars In The Sky: A Hunting Story, which I produced with my long-time creative partners at ZPZ.
The main thread of the movie is a hunt in the coastal wilderness of Alaska. Built around that hunt is a full exploration of the experiences and belief systems of a wide array of American hunters from around the country who are bound together by their love of wildlife and the natural world. The film also touches on history, sociology, ethics, literature and the skewed public perception of hunters. There is much in the film that will resonate with hunters and non-hunters alike. And there are things that will almost certainly make everyone feel a bit uncomfortable.
Of course, producing a feature length film like this is a huge leap, both creatively and financially. We’re relying on fans like you, who have been generous enough to follow MeatEater over the years, to lend us your support and watch the film.
Thank you. I cannot wait for you to check it out.
UPDATE: Stars In The Sky is now available on Netflix