Kim MacQuarrie

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Kim MacQuarrie
Born Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater San Francisco State University
California State University, Fullerton[1]
Occupation Author, Documentary Filmmaker, Anthropologist, Conservationist
Known for Books and documentary especially on Peru and South America, and as co-founder of the conservation org, Green Our Planet,
Partner(s) Ciara Byrne
Website www.kimmacquarrie.com

Kim MacQuarrie is an author, documentary filmmaker, anthropologist, and conservationist whose works include the best-selling The Last Days of the Incas (2007) and The Living Edens. His documentary film work has brought him 4 national Emmy awards.[2]

MacQuarrie is known for his fine narrative treatments of the history of indigenous cultures, such as the fall of the Inca Empire, as well as his work in conservation. He has published five books and his work has appeared in worldwide publications such as The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor and National Geographic Traveller.[3] He has produced and or directed dozens of documentaries for television channels such as Discovery Channel, PBS, FX, Fox and others.[4]

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

MacQuarrie was born in Los Angeles and attended Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Paris for a year and a half. As a graduate student, he studied abroad in Lima, Peru for a year at the Universidad Católica and lived in that country for four years.[5] His life partner is Ciara Byrne.[6]

Writing career[edit]

MacQuarrie's first book, Peru's Amazonian Eden: Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve (1992), covers the flora, fauna, history and anthropology of Manú National Park, the largest and most species-rich protected area to be found anywhere on Earth.[7]

His second book, Gold of the Andes (2 Vol. Set): The Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Guanacos of South America (1994), gives a thorough accounting of the importance llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos have had on South American cultures.[8]

MacQuarrie’s third book, Where the ANDES meet the AMAZON: Peru & Bolivia's Bahuaja Sonene & Madidi National Parks (2001) chronicles the history, indigenous cultures, and flora and fauna of the largest bi-national protected rainforest area in the world.[9]

MacQuarrie's fourth book, The Last Days of the Incas (2007), covers the Inca Empire, its conquest by Francisco Pizarro and the Spanish conquistadors, and the massive Inca rebellion that lasted nearly four decades after the initial conquest.[10]

MacQuarrie’s fifth book, Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries (2015), chronicles his 4,300-mile journey from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego.[11]

Television[edit]

In 2013, FX (TV channel) announced plans to turn MacQuarrie’s Last Days of the Incas into a 13-part dramatic television series, called Conquistadors.[12]

Philanthropy[edit]

MacQuarrie is the cofounder of the 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization Green our Planet, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.[13] Launched in March, 2013, the foundation operates a free crowdfunding[14] platform for green projects around the world and also runs the one of the fastest-growing school garden programs in the United States in Las Vegas,[15]

Filmography[edit]

Title Date Credit Awards
Spirits of the Rainforest 1994 Writer, Associate Producer, Assistant Editor Emmy Awards: Won "Best Cultural/Information Film"
"Best Original Score"[16]
CINE Golden Eagle: Won "Environment"[17]
The Spirit Hunters 1994 Producer/Writer
Wild Discovery - (The Great Siberian Grizzly) 1997 Producer CableAce: Won "Environmental/Nature Documentary Special"[18]
The Living Edens - (Manu: Peru's Hidden Rain Forest) 1997 Producer/Editor/Cinematographer Emmy Awards: Won "Outstanding Achievement in a Craft in News and Documentary Programming - Music

[19]
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival: Won "Best Limited Series"[20]

The Living Edens - (Kamchatka: Siberia's Forbidden Wilderness) 2000 Producer/Editor/Cinematographer Emmy Awards: Won "Best Cultural/Information Film"[21]
CINE Golden Eagle: Won[22]
Playing It Straight 2004 Senior Story Producer
Sheer Dallas 2005 Senior Story Producer
30 Days - (Immigration) 2006 Story Producer
Tattoo Hunter 2009 Series Producer & Director

Written works[edit]

Date first published Title Publisher information
16 August 1991 Manu - Peru's Amazonian Eden: National Park and Biosphere Reserve Francis O. Patthey & Sons, hardcover, ISBN 8489119120
16 August 1994 Gold of the Andes (2 Vol. Set): The Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Guanacos of South America Francis O. Patthey & Sons, hardcover, ISBN 8489119007
1 January 2001 Where the Andes meet the Amazaon: Peru & Bolivia's Bahuaja Sonene & Madidi National Parks Francis O. Patthey & Sons, hardcover, ISBN 8489119147
29 May 2007 The Last Days of the Incas Simon & Schuster, hardcover, ISBN 074326049X
1 December 2015 Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries Simon & Schuster, hardcover, ISBN 143916889X

References[edit]

  1. ^ Labate, Beatriz Caiuby; Cavnar, Clancy. Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond. Oxford University. p. 36. ISBN 9780199341214. 
  2. ^ Abruzzini, Bibbi (21 June 2015). "An American Road Trip Off the Beaten Path". The Huffington post. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Golden Yarn". 
  4. ^ "Filmography". 
  5. ^ Marsala Rypka, [1], celebrityscribe.com, retrieved 12 November 2015.
  6. ^ MacQuarrie, Kim (1 Jan 2015). "Big Ideas". KNPR. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  7. ^ MacQuarrie, Kim. GoodReads Book Page. 
  8. ^ "The History of Alpaca Breeders in the US" (PDF). alpacas.com. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  9. ^ MacQuarrie, Kim. GoodReads Book Page. 
  10. ^ "Country Notes: Manco and Kura Ocllo, Peru's True Heroes" (PDF). Peruvian Times. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Country Notes: Manco and Kura Ocllo, Peru's True Heroes". Peruvian Times. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "FX Developing 'Conquistadors' Limited Series". hollywoodreporter.com. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  13. ^ Totten, Kristy (July 12, 2013). "garden classrooms project sows environmental-seeds". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  14. ^ Hurst, Samantha (January 8, 2015). "Green Crowdfunding Org, Green Our Planet, Receives Award at CES". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  15. ^ Westervelt, Amy (Spring 2015). "The Accidental Agronomists". Vegas Magazine. 
  16. ^ "ABC, CBS Win Nine Emmys for News, Documentaries". latimes.com. 10 September 1994. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "Awards". imdb.com. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "Awards". imdb.com. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "1998 News & Documentary Emmy Award Winners". imdb.com. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "Awards". imdb.com. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "Awards" (PDF). emmyonline.org. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  22. ^ "Awards". imdb.com. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 

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