2013 Digital Storytelling Contest, Interactive Documentary, 2nd prize

Bear 71

Bear 71 is an interactive story told from the point of view of a female grizzly bear, dubbed 'Bear 71'. Park rangers collared her when she was three years old and tracked her through trail cameras. Her story speaks to how we coexist with wildlife in the age of networks, surveillance, and digital information en masse. The bear’s world is revealed through a script and the project features hundreds of ‘trail cam’ images of wildlife in the Rocky Mountains captured over the last 10 years.

Production team


    National Film Board of Canada
    Direction: Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison
    Screenwriting: JB MacKinnon
    Production: Loc Dao, Dana Dansereau, Rob McLaughlin, Bonnie Thompson and David Christensen
    Installation co-creation: Lance Weiler
    Web design & development: Jam3