NEW BOOK: Wildlife Stalker – Days in the Life of Filmmaker Bob Landis

By Admin • July 3rd, 2011

New Book Tells Story of Celebrated Yellowstone Wildlife Filmmaker

MISSOULA, Mont. – Recording incredible wildlife behavior on movie film and video is the hallmark of Bob Landis’ films.  He has filmed wildlife in Yellowstone National Park for over 40 years – a place dear to his soul.

Landis’ new biography, Wildlife Stalker – Days in the Life of Filmmaker Bob Landis, is comprised of two stories wound into one: a depiction of days afield with a wildlife cinematographer who has filmed and co-produced stories about Yellowstone’s iconic species – the bear, the wolf, the bison – films that have aired on PBS, Nature and on National Geographic Television.

Dr. Charles Jonkel, bear researcher and founder of the International Wildlife Film Festival, says this about Landis: “As I wildlife filmmaker, I think Bob Landis is tops.  He’s always very respectful of the animals.  He keeps his distance and tries to portray animals the way they are, rather than the way they aren’t.  Landis shows them in their habitat and interacting with those species.”

Author Kevin Rhoades wrote the 200-page account after writing about the filmmaker for his master’s thesis at The University of Montana. Rhoades also worked as a wildlife researcher in Yellowstone in the early ‘80s and returned to America’s first national park to spend days afield with Landis, to write his life’s chronicle.

The Landis biography also is a collection of flashbacks to the cinematographer’s past – growing up as a small-town Wisconsin boy where he followed his destiny to become a football player, teacher, diehard Green Bay Packers fan, and wildlife filmmaker. He has created more than 20 wildlife films, many of them winning awards and airing on television around the world.

A freelance writer, Rhoades received his bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Manchester College (Indiana) and a master’s of arts degree in journalism from the University of Montana. From 1999-2004, Rhoades worked as publications editor for Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). From 2004-2010, he served as OWAA’s executive director. Rhoades completed Wildlife Stalker in March 2011.  Rhoades,, is an avid outdoors enthusiast and lives with his wife and two children in Missoula, Montana.


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Kevin G. Rhoades, Author
Five Valleys Press, Publisher
July 2011


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