The Burning Season

Jenny Halper, Writer/Producer
Kate Sharp, Producer
Claire McCarthy, Director

Sloan Grant(s) Received:
2016, TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, Tribeca Film Institute
2018, Fast Track Grant, Film Independent

Project Type: Feature 

Genre: Drama 

Length: 117 pages 

Field of Science: Primatology 

Stage: Pre-Production 


Based upon Laura van den Berg’s short story “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us,” The Burning Season tells the story of a primatologist’s tenuous relationship with her teenage daughter, which is threatened by her determination to save an endangered species in a remote region of Madagascar. Enlisting the help of a local scientist, and the escalation of slash-and-burn farming, further puts them to the test.