A Bold Experiment

In 1997 J. David Bamberger broke ground on the first ever man-made bat cave. Bamberger, the esteemed conservationist and erstwhile co-founder of Church's Chicken, knew he was creating a spectacle, and the press ate it up. Journalists from New York to Berlin covered the story. "He's going batty," one headline read.
4 years after the cave was built, it stood empty. Then, on a hot summer day in August, a journalist from San Antonio followed up and scooped the story. There were no bats. As he prepared a story on "Bamberger's Folly," Bamberger took one last walk up to the bat cave and witnessed ten thousand bats began streaming out. It is the only successful man-made bat cave in the world.

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Alexander Milan

Andrew Miller




Directors: Alexander Milan, Andrew Miller
Producer: Alexander Milan, Andrew Miller
Cinematographer: Andrew Miller
Editor: Alexander Milan
Sound Designer: Curtis Henderson
Music: Lotus, Ebb, Flod, Johannes Bornlof, From Now On
Principal Cast: J. David Bamberger


Public Film Contact
Alexander Milan
Dox, Inc.
Publicity Contact
Andrew Miller
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
Screening in: Texas Shorts Program
Screening Section: Texas Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 9 mins