PAUL ALAN COX
Bo Landin is the award winning founding director of Scandinature Film. He holds a B.Sc. in biological sciences and has 40 years of experience as a science, natural history and environmental writer and producer for magazines, books, radio and television. In 1976 Landin set up and run as its executive producer and presenter the environmental program for Swedish National Radio. In 1984 he set up the weekly environmental program for Swedish Television and presented the acclaimed show for several years, setting a benchmark for environmental films and reporting on European and world television. Films from this period include Prix Italia winner Arctic Tragedy, the winner of the Grand Prix at the European Environmental film Festival Cubatao - the Valley of Death. Between 1990-2002 Bo Landin was the host and producer of Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4’s regular natural history program, one of the most successful programs on Swedish television.
International productions (for broadcasters like Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC, WDR/Germany, France 5 and others) include as executive producer: Laponia, Wolverine - the last phantom, Cheetahs - running for their lives (Genesis Award winner - Best cable documentary US 1998) and Nagarhole - tales from an Indian Jungle, Taiga - forests of frost and fire (Grand Prix winner European Wildlife Film Festival 1999), The Death of a Bison Bull (Grand Prix winner Eco Film 1999), Last Roar of the Tiger and Indian leopards: the killing field; and as producer/director/writer for science documentaries like Secrets of the Pharaohs, Voices from the Desert - the Dead Sea Scrolls, Surviving the Ice Age, Viking Voyages and internationally award winning films like Yellowstone - America’s Eden, Tundra Hunters and Living with Wolves. Most recently Bo Landin produced and directed films like Ice Hotel, Ultimate cruise ship: Freedom of the Seas, Nature’s Dance (for Discovery Channel) and Iceland Volcano Eruption (Emmy nomination for Cinematography), Into Iceland’s Volcano and World’s Largest Cruise Ship (for National Geographic Channel).
In 2005 Bo Landin produced and directed his first feature film; Macbeth, set in a landscape of snow and ice, with actors performing in Sami language. The film was the winner at the 2006 European Minority Film Festival in Germany. His 2009 feature documentary Learning from Light – the Vision of IM Pei has won acclaim at film festival worldwide.
Before joining the film industry Marianne Landin spent 15 years as a pharmacist, setting up and heading new hospital and primary health care pharmacies. With her training as a pharmacist and biologist , her interest has focused on health care in different cultures and on ethnobotany and toxicology. This led to her first work in the media industry, researching and producing the documentary film Green Medicines - a Growing Asset in 1989. This was a first step, soon followed by research for and productions of several science shows for TV and international documentary films.
In 1995 Marianne Landin became the producer of the weekly show naturen (Nature) for Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4. In this position she was also responsible for international program acquisitions for TV4’s natural history slot. In partnership with the program’s host Bo Landin she traveled around the world to produce more than 100 episodes of the acclaimed show.
Marianne Landin is the producer and production manager for Scandinature’s international documentary films.
Marianne Landin resides in the Heber City, Utah, USA, and since more than 20 years Scandinature Films operates out of the USA.
A native of Utah and Wyoming, Paul Alan Cox graduated in Botany and Philosophy from Brigham Young University. As a Fulbright Fellow, he read for his M.Sc. in Ecology at the University of Wales. He later received his A.M. and Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University where he was a Danforth Fellow and a National Science Foundation Fellow. At Harvard, he was twice awarded the Bowdoin Prize in Literature. He was later awarded a D.Sc. Honoris Causa by the University of Guelph.
After serving as Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Cox was named a Presidential Young Investigator by Ronald Reagan. In the same year, he was also named as a Melbourne University Research Fellow. He served as Professor and later Dean at Brigham Young University before being appointed as the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Biology in Uppsala in honor of the Swedish King’s 50th birthday. Cox was awarded the E. K. Janaki Ammal Medal from India and is a foreign member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry in Stockholm. He has published over 200 scientific papers and 4 books.
In 1997, TIME magazine named Cox one of 11 “Heroes of Medicine” for his work in ethnobotanical drug discovery. In the same year, he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his efforts in preserving Samoan rain forests and later shared the Rachel Carson Award with Senator Tom Harkin. He was elected President for the Society of Economic Botany and President of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology. He served for seven years as Director of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hawaii and Florida.
Cox founded and is chairman of Seacology, an environmental organization headquartered in Berkeley, California, which has preserved 98,000 acres of rain forest and 1.7 million acres of coral reef on islands throughout the world. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the National Park of American Samoa, a park which he was instrumental in establishing. Cox has served on the boards of the AIDS Research Alliance, the Center for Plant Conservation, and Hawaii Reserves.
Cox is a resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he is Director of the Institute for Ethnomedicine. His current ethnobotanical research is focused on neurodegenerative illness with the goal of discovering new therapies for ALS and Alzheimer’s Disease.
A film by
Drone and gimbal cinematography
ADAM VAN WAGONER
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
ABC NEWS VIDEO SOURCE
MARILY K. ASAY
Institute for Ethnomedicine
University of Miami
NASA Glenn Research Center
Bergius Botanic Garden
The Royal Swedish Academy
of Agriculture and Forestry
Jackson Hole Wild
On Location Producer/Director
Modeling & Lookdev
Lookdev, Light & Render
CGI Cyanobacteria Animation
And a special thanks to all the
scientists and their assistants who have
helped us in all possible way during this production
In loving memory of
ELEANOR O’CONNELL DECRET
with thanks to
This has been a co-production with
Head of Documentaries
SCANDINATURE FILMS USA INC.