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"Return to the Tepuis": Behind the Scenes With Filmmaker Joe Riis

In this short interview, “Return to the Tepuis” filmmaker Joe Riis discusses why he’s passionate about being a wildlife photographer. The film, which screened at the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival, follows Riis and climber Mark Synnott as they help National Geographic grantee and herpetologist Bruce Means in his mission to find the elusive pebble toad in Guyana.

Watch the full version of “Return to the Tepuis” and read more about the “Islands in the Sky.”

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.