It was a chance run-in at a remote Argentinian restaurant in 1991 that changed the life of Kristin McDivitt forever. Though she’d met the infamous Doug Tompkins years prior – he had founded The North Face and Esprit while Kris worked alongside Yvon Choinard to grow Patagonia – they shared a connection that quickly blossomed into a lifelong romance and partnership. Together, they founded Tompkins Conversation, their sights set on preserving some of the last truly wild land on the planet.
WILD LIFE is a sweeping portrait of a conservationist who never stopped evolving, and of those who shaped her on a journey to become a global leader of wildlife preservation. From the epic climbing trips of Doug, Yvon Chouinard, and the pioneers of a new kind of outdoor lifestyle, to the heated controversy brewing in South America as two Americans purchased local land, to a love story as wild as the terrain it unfolded on, the film prompts audiences to ask themselves – what makes life worth living?