Sundial: This 'Python Huntress' loves the snakes she has to kill
Donna Kalil loves snakes — but she also has to kill them.
That’s the life of a python hunter. Kalil grew up in South Florida, loving all kinds of snakes and reptiles. She’d get lost for hours in the natural beauty of the Everglades.
She thinks the snakes are beautiful — but they’re a threat to the ecosystem. And so, she hunts them. Yanks them out of the delicate ecosystem one at a time.
It's a sisyphean task. There always seems to be a new snake to replace a dead one. That doesn’t stop her.
And that’s why filmmaker Matt Deblinger thought she’d make a great subject for his new film, Python Huntress. It’s a short documentary playing during the Miami Film Festival this weekend.
Deblinger is no snake lover. But that didn’t stop him from grabbing his gear and following Kalil into the marsh. He’s there with her when she stares down a python in the tall grass and snatches them with snake-like reflexes. It’s quite a thing to watch.
On Sundial's March 2 episode, Kalil and Deblinger join us to talk about their new film and the ins and outs of removing pythons from the everglades in a humane way.
On Sundial's previous episode, filmmaker Jose Navas talked about his new film, Awake Before Dawn, set at the Opa-locka Hialeah Flea Market and premiered at the Miami Film Festival. Plus, Nicole Perry, a certified intimacy director, joined to tell us about the behind-the-scenes of making steamy scenes feel safe for actors.
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