Music "Shooting Star" by Dexter Britain from Zenith EP.

Houseboat Amazon Presents

During the whole expedition a film was made to make science available to everyone, immersing the audience in our daily lives as we lived and worked together on a 60-foot houseboat, where three languages were spoken (Portuguese, English, and Spanish).

This film explored the Amazon forest shedding preconceived notions of science and wrapping scientists in the awe of the daily discovery. Our main research goal was to uncover the mystery surrounding the existence of an elusive “flying” saki monkey that had not been seen alive for over 80 years. This film is a rainforest detective story with a happy ending.

Houseboat Amazon was the name of the expedition organized to study these saki monkeys involving an international team of wildlife professionals, students and scientists from Brazil, US, Colombia, and Mexico. From January to May 2017, a Brazilian captain, his crew and rural guides joined us in this journey along three tributaries of the Upper Juruá River.

Ivan, our "super guide" pauses for a photo of a monkey in a very tall tree. Photo by Juan Pablo Bueno

Ivan, our "super guide" pauses for a photo of a monkey in a very tall tree. Photo by Juan Pablo Bueno

Join us in hand-carved canoes as we glide through flooded forest -- and pull up your rubber boots to follow us through the challenging terrain of rainforest. We not only saw amazing creatures and recorded new species, but we worked with the local communities to discover what they eat and how they live.

En route, we discussed the need for eco-literacy in countries like the US and how urban actions impact people in small rainforest communities that seem remote and disconnected. This kind of film became a powerful tool for engaging an audience for whom real rainforest exploration is a complete mystery.

Find your passion hidden in a tangle of vines, the splash of a pink dolphin, or the flutter of a giant blue morpho’s wings. And maybe, just maybe, find it in a fluffy missing monkey.


Become the wild in the wilderness. Join us to find your heart in the jungle.

-Houseboat Amazon

Filming of the HBA Team activities during their daily research trips.


...and many more!

Just some of the gear our DP would bring with him in the field. Along with the drone and camcorder, he often brought his still Nikon camera, binoculars and a GPS unit. We would hang our gear in small saplings to keep ants from getting in it. Photo by Ivan Batista. Logo 2.png