Nature (Season 35) – Super Hummingbirds

Filmmaker Ann Johnson Prum biography

Air date: 10/12/2016

Ann Johnson Prum

“Super Hummingbirds” Filmmaker

An avid outdoorswoman and jack-of-all-trades, Ann Johnson Prum is the executive producer, cinematographer and founder of Coneflower Productions. A graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, she credits her interest in wildlife and filmmaking to several opportunities the college offered, including one summer project in Peru where she got to observe Jacques Cousteau and his film crew for a few days. At the ripe age of 24, her love of nature and adventure led to her first job as a wildlife cinematographer. As Prum got more experience, she was able to contribute more and more to the films she worked on by taking on roles in editing, directing, and producing, eventually creating her own independent company in 1994. She says she likes to use new science and new filming techniques to profile an animal we think we know and find a different way of looking at that animal such as a duck or hummingbird.

For the past 20 years, Ann has been creating television documentaries about nature, science, and the arts for channels including PBS, Discovery, TBS, The Sundance Channel, HGTV and the Science Channel. She was nominated for the 2010 Emmy for Best Nature Documentary for Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air and was awarded the 2013 Emmy for Best Nature Documentary for An Original DUCKumentary. Both films aired on Nature. Prum also made Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story which aired November 19, 2014 on PBS, and produced the three-part Nature: Animal Homes series which aired in April 2015. Animal Homes was nominated for the 2014 Emmy for Best Nature Documentary, and Cinematography.

A resident of New Haven, CT, she is married to Richard Prum, William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. They have three sons.