EXCLUSIVE: LA-based production company ECO Films is taking its environmental focus into the international sales world with a new spin-off sales division. ECO Documentaries has launched with a slate of five nonfiction films, including UK helmer Steven O. Taylor’s ivory trade docu Pembe Ya Ndovu and Mark McDannald’s OFIR: A Wildlife Crime Documentary, about Israeli expat and wildlife activist Ofir Drori. ECO Documentaries’s aim is to rep short films and features that bring environmental and human rights issues to light. The company has been scouting for docu titles at film fest markets as its environmentally-themed narrative production division, ECO Films, preps production on the first film in a narrative trilogy starting with Africa-set action-thriller The Lion Inside. Asia-set White Lion, Red Dragon and South America-set The Panther’s Paw will round out the narrative film trio ECO Films is calling its “ECO Trilogy.”
“ECO Documentaries is a natural progression of our company mission, to expose to the general public, important environmental and human crises, through filmed entertainment, in the hopes that our films will inspire audiences to take action and make a difference,” said ECO Films President and CEO James Branchflower. ECO Documentaries is also repping the docu catalog of director Taylor, including his Congo, Amazon, and Borneo-set Green Heart Trilogy films.