James Karl Fischer

James Karl Fischer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at The Zoological Lighting Institute
Director of Development, Producer, Creative Executive, Director of Photography, Cinematographer and Author

New York City, New York

Member Since:
July 2018
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About James

Directing and Producing documentaries, anime and science shorts for The Zoological Lighting Institute, a unique NGO dedicated to supporting the sciences of light and life through the Arts for Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation, I have a slightly odd background with degrees in physics, architecture and critical theory. Our work stresses the role of natural light for health, safety and welfare; and is by necessity international with a particular focus in Japan, the UK, Scandinavia and Chile.

Unique traits: A film-maker with degrees in Physics (BA), Architecture (MArch) and Philosophy (PhD), I bring a unique vision to my work and appreciation for the broad value of light. Close philanthropic association with The Zoological Lighting Institute <> also gives me a purpose in my work, to improve animal welfare while supporting wildlife conservation.




  • Inhumanities: Healthy Glow

    Inhumanities: Healthy Glow Budget: $1M - $5M | Documentary Inhumanities: A Healthy Glow presents sharks in a whole new light, taking a close look at research relating the environment to animal hormones and reproduction. Filmed in China, Singapore and South Africa.

  • Inhumanities: Insect Apocalypse

    Inhumanities: Insect Apocalypse Budget: $1M - $5M | Documentary Inhumanities: Insect Apocalypse links the phenomenon of rapidly declining insect populations to world hunger challenges, calling attention to the unseen service of insects for food security. 

  • Inhumanities: Otohime's Time

    Inhumanities: Otohime's Time Budget: $1M - $5M | Documentary Inhumanities: Otohime’s Time tackles age-bias, presenting phenological sea turtle research to underscore the contributions of animals (and humans) of all ages to environments and ecologies around them. Filmed in Japan, Bangladesh and Florida USA.

  • Inhumanities: Save a Billion Birds!

    Inhumanities: Save a Billion Birds! Budget: $1M - $5M | Documentary Inhumanities: Save a Billion Birds! confronts the challenges of bird migration through glass communities, at a time when borders and division infect everyone’s mind. 

  • Inhumanities: Bearanoia

    Inhumanities: Bearanoia Budget: $1M - $5M | Documentary Inhumanities: Bearanoia Bearanoia addresses mental health challenges, by presenting a history of bear-rocking and animal pacing in zoos, focusing on the institutional challenges of confronting mental health issues openly. Shot in Russia, Alaska and Ohio.

  • Inhumanities: Beached

    Inhumanities: Beached Budget: $1M - $5M | Documentary Inhumanities: Beached confronts bias and racism within the sciences, animal welfare and wildlife conservation by focusing on dolphin and whale conservation. Filmed in Japan, New Zealand and America, the film seeks to open a conversation and dialogue over a difficult subject.

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