Trophy – Oct. 22nd

On Sunday, October 22nd, at 7pm at the Emerson Center, The Bozeman Doc Series presents the critically acclaimed new documentary, Trophy.

Shaul Schwarz’s and Christina Clusiau’s Trophy is a startling exploration of the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation at a time when endangered African species such as elephants, rhinos and lions march ever closer to extinction.

Trophy investigates the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation. Through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive these industries – from a Texas-based trophy hunter to the world’s largest private rhino breeder in South Africa – the film grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals.

What are the implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming and hunting offer some of the few remaining options to conserve our endangered animals? Trophy will leave you debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world.

Trophy world-premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim, and has gone on to screen at major festivals around the world.

“Layered, thoughtful and infinitely curious…filled with astonishing sights…an extraordinary documentary.” The New York Times

“A brilliant, maddening, necessary movie.”

“Capturing footage as unbelievable as the disturbing underworld of big-game hunting it seeks to understand, “Trophy” tells a story as captivating as its images are beautiful.” Indiewire

“Complex, challenging…‘Trophy’s’ wealth of conflicting facts, figures, and arguments routinely force one to re-calibrate their feelings about the issues at hand. The result is a lament for both the animals at the center of so many crosshairs, and for a modern world seemingly only capable of saving lives by taking them…its ability to enrage, enlighten and confound in equal measure make it a non-fiction prize of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.” Variety

Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door or before the show at Cactus Records and Movie Lovers. Tickets are also available online at, where you can also buy Season Passes and 7-film punch cards, learn more about the series, and view trailers for upcoming films. The series will continue with one screening every other week through April.