Kathryn Bigelow’s newest project may not be a military-themed thriller, but it could be her most important work yet. The anti-poaching PSA Last Days is set to premiere Saturday, September 27th at the 52nd New York Film Festival, followed by a panel discussion titled “The Crisis in Elephant Poaching.” Bigelow will moderate the panel, with WildAid’s Peter Knights, Assistant District Attorney of New York County Julieta V. Lozano, award-winning journalist Peter Godwin, and Somali human rights activist K’naan Warsame participating. Tickets to the free event will be distributed one hour prior to its 6pm start time.
The PSA is one of a few anti-poaching projects to make headlines in recent years. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy have teamed up to produce an anti-poaching drama for Warner Bros. with Will Staples writing the screenplay. Even more recently, Angelina Jolie is lining up her next next film as a director: Africa, the biopic of paleo-archeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted his life to combating elephant and rhino poaching. Bigelow gets the first crack at it this weekend with Last Days. Hit the jump to see the first look at the PSA.