Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man

Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date



  • Werner Herzog


  • Timothy Treadwell
  • Amie Huguenard
  • Werner Herzog


  • Sundance Film Festival, 2005

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

Grizzly Man chronicles the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell, who was killed, along with his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, by a rogue bear in October 2003. In one of the most extreme—and ultimately tragic—experiments in human-animal cohabitation ever attempted, for 13 consecutive summers, Treadwell lived (and finally died) among the bears at an Alaskan national park. The footage that he himself shot forms the core of this fascinating inquiry into the fragile relationship between man and nature.

Possible Topics

  • What does Timothy Treadwell’s life and death tell us about the ways in which humans can coexist with wild animals?
  • The dangers of romanticizing nature and ignoring scientific reality

Past Programs


Carnivores and their Prey

Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

Why did the bear kill Timothy Treadwell?

The State Theatre, Modesto, CA


Bears of the Pacific Northwest

Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR

Who was Timothy Treadwell?

Amherst Cinema, Amherst, MA

Experiments in Human-Animal Cohabitation

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY


The Psychology of Timothy Treadwell

The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ

Conservation and Wildlife

Capri Theatre, Montgomery, AL


Understanding the Natural World

Moxie Cinema, Springfield, MO

Bear Science: Topics, Tactics, and Medical Application

MSP Film Society, Minneapolis, MN


Bears, Humans, and Habituation

Maine Film Center, Waterville, ME


Chasing extremes

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA


Imposing human emotion on animals

Enzian Theater, Maitland, FL


Bears and bear safety

Art House Cinema, Billings, MT


Giving bears a second chance

Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN