Texan by Nature is excited to be the fiscal sponsor for Deep in the Heart, a Fin & Fur Film that premiered statewide in June 2022. Deep in the Heart was filmed across the Lone Star State in 2019-2021.
Deep in the Heart is a visually stunning celebration of what makes Texas unique — its diverse landscapes and remarkable wildlife behavior that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Told through the eyes of wildlife species ranging from the mysterious blind catfish to the elusive mountain lion, the story follows our ever-changing relationship with the natural world and showcases our ability to destroy, conserve, and recover wildlife and the habitat we mutually depend on. Narrated by Matthew McConaughey and featuring state-of-the-art cinematography, this family-friendly film journeys from the highest peaks in West Texas, through our aquifers, rivers, and bays, and deep into the Gulf of Mexico. Deep in the Heart aims to conserve our remaining wild places, to show the connectivity of water and wildlife, and to recognize Texas’ conservation importance on a continental scale.
Through narration, humor, and state-of-the-art cinematography, the film showcases approximately twenty wildlife species ranging from the iconic bison to the mysterious ocelot. The feature-length film begins in the High Plains and peaks of West Texas, flows through diverse ecoregions along our many river systems, and concludes along the bays and estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico. Deep in the Heart aims to inspire Texans to conserve our remaining wild places, show the connectivity of water and wildlife, and recognize Texas’ conservation importance on a continental scale. Watch Deep in the Heart in Texas theaters starting June 3, streaming July 18.
Deep in the Heart is available to millions of people in K-12 schools, universities, theaters, digital mediums, and community screenings to benefit Texas conservation organizations.
The Deep in the Heart team has also developed companion lesson plans to the film to support conservation in education. Each lesson plan includes 4 TEKS and NGSS-aligned lessons for K-12 teachers and students. Lessons include directions for the teacher, student documents in English and Spanish, and English and Spanish PowerPoint files. Deep in the Heart conservation curriculum is available for free here.
- Directed by Ben Masters
- Produced by Jay Kleberg & Katy Baldock
- Director of Photography Skip Hobbie