Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night (12 min) explores the importance of darkness, and erosion of it, through the study and preservation of firefly habitats in Japan and the United States. Fireflies disappear as artificial night lights disrupt their 'languages of light'. Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night features artists and scientists on different continents working to understand firefly flash patterns and how to live among wildlife in urban settings. The film features (in order of appearance in the film): Rei Ohara, Dr. Nobuyoshi Ohba, Dr. Marc Branham, Dr. James Lloyd, Dr. James Karl Fischer, AIA, RIBA.
Light of the Genji (9 min) explores the study, appreciation and preservation of the Genji fireflies in Japan. The film features (in order of appearance in the film): Rei Ohara, Dr. Nobuyoshi Ohba, Dr. Marc Branham, Zack Lemann.
The Zoological Lighting Institute™ is a registered 501 (c)3 Nonprofit, organized to fund research in photobiology and photo-ecology through animal welfare and wildlife conservation advocacy. The Institute believes that its mission is best achieved by supporting the creative arts in partnership with aquariums and zoos around the globe, and we seek to foster grass-roots movements as an AZA Conservation Partner.