Andy Pruna

Killers of The Wild is a full-length feature documentary about the fauna of Patagonia in Argentina, including scenes filmed in the Southern Andes and the Falkland Islands. This documentary took two years to make (1975-76) and won awards in Canada (the Etrog for best film) and the United States (Miami film festival for director’s choice). In Argentina as well as in other South American countries, the Spanish version, Hab?a Una Vez En El Sur, broke every attendance record for a documentary. The film records several firsts, including an Orca (killer whale) attack on a sea lion colony, which had never been filmed before. Unfortunately, the copy that we were able to save and which appears here is quite poor, but I thought it important to include for its historical value as well as the fact that it was in many ways the film that helped the most in establishing the Valdés Peninsula as a wildlife sanctuary.

Killers of the Wild from Andres Pruna on Vimeo.

Habia una Vez en el Sur

I have included the Spanish version of Killers of the Wild, which was titled Había Una Vez en El Sur, for my Spanish-speaking friends, and because it is the version that became a sensation when it was shown in Argentina. Había una vez en el sur means “once upon a time in the south.” The title was intended as a forewarning, pointing to a place that once was, but perhaps would no longer be.  This Spanish version has what I consider better narration, even though the English one was written first and is basically though not exactly the same. At the closing of the Spanish version, Valeria Lynch, a wonderful and well-known Argentine entertainer sings the theme song.

Habia una Vez en el Sur from Andres Pruna on Vimeo.

VALDES-Bay of Whales was filmed in 1972-73 and is the first documentary ever made about the Right Whales in Pen?nsula Valdés, Patagonia, Argentina. All postproduction for the documentary was done by BBC Television, which then released it in England. When it was released, it broke every previous viewer record for a documentary, which at the time was a real feat considering it was the first documentary that my partner, Krov Menuhin, and I had ever made. Other than some underwater scenes, most of the camera work was shot by myself as Krov and his wife, Annie, ended up becoming the on-screen protagonists of the story. When we filmed this documentary, we practically lived the entire two years in tents while telling the story of a place that until then had never been documented by anyone. Later, Cousteau, National Geographic, and even BBC’s David Attenborough would all film in Valdés. But, we were the first. I want to add that we could have never done what we did without the help of my wife’s family, the local authorities and the many estancia (ranch) owners that allowed us to camp in their property. Once again, I have to ask forgiveness for the quality of the video; you’d think the BBC would keep better copies. Actually, we are trying to get a better copy and when we do, we will certainly replace this one.

Explorers of the Deep (Bay of Whales) from Andres Pruna on Vimeo.

Latin Eyes International with Andy Pruna

This video was filmed in 2011 in Pen?nsula Valdés, Patagonia, Argentina, as part of a program produced for the TV series, Latin Eyes. The segment is based on my return to Pen?nsula Valdés, the location where I filmed the feature documentary, Killers of the Wild, 35 years prior (1976). The area has changed with the years, and, what once was an almost unknown wilderness has now become a major international tourist attraction with all the ups and downs that said recognition involves.
Since this video was filmed, many of the ills that had confronted the area have been addressed as the Pen?nsula has now been inscribed in the World Heritage list and is thereby protected. However, there still remains a lot to be done in order to save this magnificent place for future generations.

I want to thank my son,Andres Pruna Jr.,the producer of Latin Eyes for the use of the video.

LatinEyes int with Andy Pruna Sr. from Andres Pruna on Vimeo.