This is a short documentary from Swell Productions and the Surfrider Foundation about ocean planning on the east coast. The film encourages beachgoers, water sport enthusiasts, fishermen, coastal community members, etc to get involved with regional ocean planning and make an impact on the future of our beaches.
This is a beautiful new video from Show.Love profiling the last baymen who scuba dive to hand pick oysters from the bottom of Long Island’s waters, which are then sold locally in and around New York City. (Show.Love also made this video I love a couple years ago about Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. on Lake Ontario in Upstate NY)
This is a short film from Earthjustice about a community in Pennsylvania fighting coal ash contamination in their waters.
This is a series of videos from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council profiling Upstate New York dairy farms, created to educate inner-city school kids about where their milk and yogurt comes from. I especially like that two of them feature women farmers.
This video gives a history of the Palisades along the Hudson River just north of New York City. The Palisades park was the first interstate project to protect natural land in the country (a joint project of New York and New Jersey), and the first conservation project of Theodore Roosevelt, then Governor of New York. The Palisades have long fought off the sprawl of NYC and are again at risk of large corporations acquiring and building large offices at the top of the cliffs that would obstruct the view and disrupt the natural surroundings.
This is a short doc from Earthjustice about the Upstate NY town of Dryden that’s been fighting to keep fracking out of their community. “The industry kept saying ‘We have the power, you have none. Get out of the way or leave,” says Dryden resident Joanne Cipolla-Dennis. But with the help of her neighbors and a pair of pioneering attorneys, they came up with a David vs. Goliath plan to ban fracking. The results were stunning and are helping to create a nationwide groundswell.
This weekend I was at the NPPA‘s Northern Short Course Conference in Warwick, RI. My favorite sessions were led by Detriot Free Press visual journalist Eric Seals, who is pioneering new ways to create really creative, thoughtful video stories.
This is a short spot from a documentary he’s working on following a group of divers in Michigan who are exploring shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. Not only is it a really beautiful story, but the underwater GoPro shots are amazing.
This is a feature story from the Detroit Free Press about the long-term emotional harms faced by Michigan cattle farmers due to PBB contamination over 40 years ago.
This is a video from National Geographic featuring fisherman and scientists who work in Long Island’s Great South Bay that separates Fire Island from the south shore of the main island. Last year during Hurricane Sandy, Fire Island, a long narrow barrier island, was split in two and a new inlet was formed. Now, ocean water flowing into the bay is filtering out the polluted water and bringing declining shelfish populations back to life. The new inlet/breach in the island has been a controversial issue – local residents see the cleaner water as a positive change and a potential turning point to bring jobs back to the bay. Others think the inlet is unnatural and will eventually correct itself if not manually filled in via dredging first.
This is an interview by BorrowLenses with Steve Bumgardner, filmmaker for Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Conservancy. Bumgardner producers a great web series called Yosemite Nature Notes, telling stories about the vast landscapes and wildlife in the park. His goal is to give people a new way of looking at the natural world in hopes to re-open minds about what is out there and why we should care about it.
From YosemiteSteve‘s Instagram:
This short film was released a few weeks ago by the Central Westcoast Forest Society in British Columbia. It documents their work in stream ecology and restoration on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The visuals are stunning and the insights from the scientists combined with the native perspectives make for a really great narrative.