National Geographic Filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade coming to The Mendel Center

National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan, are proud to announce “Untamed” with Filipe DeAndrade, a National Geographic filmmaker. The event is coming to the Mendel Center Mainstage on Monday, November 22, at 7 pm.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, DeAndrade grew up wanting to tell animals’ stories and fell in love with photography. Today, DeAndrade is the star of National Geographic WILD web series Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade.

In 2015 DeAndrade won National Geographic’s “Wild to Inspire” short film competition and was invited to help shoot documentaries in Africa with National Geographic. This trip inspired him to explore his own backyard in Gainesville, Florida. His show, Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade, premiered in 2017 on National Geographic WILD’s YouTube Channel. With a crew of three, DeAndrade and his team have traveled across the United States in a repurposed ambulance filming in Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, and New Mexico. They’ve had close encounters with crocodiles, mountain lions, coyotes, monkeys, birds, and an 87-pound snapping turtle. Currently, DeAndrade continues to capture incredible phenomena through his series.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including, Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit

Zoned general admission tickets starting at $30 for National Geographic Live: Filipe DeAndrade “Untamed” are on sale now at, by calling 269-927-8700, option 1, or by visiting The Mendel Center Box Office in person. The box office, located in the Grand Upton Hall Lobby, is open weekdays from 2 to 6 pm.

This event is part of The Mendel Center’s Discovery Series and is funded in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment.