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National Geographic Live: I Bought a Rainforest
Presented By Overture Center • National Geographic Live Series

National Geographic Live: I Bought a Rainforest

with Charlie Hamilton James

Tue, Apr 30

Capitol Theater: $35 - $49

Tue 04/30/19 7:30 PM


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Approximately 70 minutes + 15-minute Q&A, no intermission


Ages 6 and up

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Add to Calendar 04/30/2019 07:30 PM 04/30/2019 09:30 PM America/Chicago National Geographic Live: I Bought a Rainforest Ever since his teenage job working on David Attenborough’s landmark series Trials of Life, wildlife documentarian Charlie Hamilton James has always felt at home in nature. But his spur-of-the-moment decision to purchase 100 acres of land adjacent to Peru’s Manú National Park led to him running with a completely different set. As documented on the BBC show I Bought a Rainforest, Hamilton discovered an illegal cocaine plantation after he’d signed the deed, and the only way to save the ecosystem was with empathy for the illegal loggers. Hear his fascinating stories of working with these local characters, and get a sneak peek of his latest work in Yellowstone and with vultures inthe Serengeti. Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts info@overturecenter.org false MM/DD/YYYY


Discover what it’s like to live in—not just visit—two of the world’s great wildlife parks. Charlie Hamilton James has been shooting in Peru’s Manu National Park—the most bio-diverse place on Earth—for more than two decades. Fiercely motivated to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants, he bought a piece of land adjoining the park—only to discover that he had purchased an illegal cocaine factory along with it. His misadventures as an Amazonian landowner were documented in the BBC Television series, I Bought a Rainforest.

More recently, Charlie has been living in Yellowstone, America’s original wildlife park, for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. For a recent National Geographic story, he went beyond the park’s boundaries, creating a portrait of the larger ecosystem that Yellowstone supports. Join this critically acclaimed photojournalist as he recounts his unlikely journey from the Peruvian rainforest to the mountain landscapes of Yellowstone, and beyond.

Meet the Artist

You’re invited to Meet the Artist! Stay after the show for a brief, informal Q&A session in the theater with the artists. Free and open to all ticket holders, as well as the general public. Events take place in the performance venue immediately following the show.