Originally released in 2005 by German documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man is a film that chronicles the life and death of grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell. In 2003 Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard, went camping in Katmai National Park, typically Treadwell would leave the park towards the end of the summer but this year he decided to stay into early October. It is during this time of year that bears become more aggressive as they begin searching for food to store up as much calories as possible in preparation for hibernation.
In the film Herzog speculates that it is this fact which ultimately cost Treadwell and his girlfriend their lives, stating that Treadwell claimed to have “gained the trust” of these bares and had an unrealistic sentimental view of nature when in reality nature can most certainly be cold and unforgiving.
From more than 100 hours of footage recorded by Treadwell, Herzog was able to detail the last five years of his life in the wilderness whilst revealing the true horror of how the animals in which he cared so much for ultimately turned against him.
Treadwell’s video camera captured an audio recording of the bear attack but Herzog refrained from using it in this film as he deemed it too disturbing.