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A new documentary about climate change, and the kids of the Adirondacks and North Country working to make a difference. Read more

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A new documentary about climate change, and the kids of the Adirondacks and North Country working to make a difference.

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Every generation has their big turning point. This is our turning point  – this is the story we’re writing. – Cody Bary

The Resilient Ones is a feature-length documentary exploring how communities are adapting to climate change in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern NY, seen through the eyes of high school students.THE STORY

Gina Fiorele, one of the students we'll follow through the film.
Gina Fiorele, one of the students we'll follow through the film.

As a society, we are facing probably the most challenging moment for humans in our 150 million years of being humans. – Mary Evelyn Tucker

In August of 2011 Tropical Storm Irene ripped through the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, destroying lives and village infrastructure and upsetting the delicate ecological systems in this pristine wilderness area. Once seemingly immune to the effects of climate change, Irene exposed how even mountainous inland areas can be just as vulnerable to extreme weather events. 

In the aftermath of the storm, high school students take us on a journey through the region to meet innovative leaders and experts as they search for both short-term adaptive strategies to extreme weather and long-term solutions to reducing carbon emissions. Our featured students, gather experience and information as they prepare for and host the 2013 Youth Climate Summit, where 400 students meet, collaborate and draft action plans.

The film demonstrates how this region serves as a bellwether for climate change in the rest of the country and sounds a clarion call for awareness, and individual and collective response. 

The Students

  • Cody Bary
  • Erin Weaver
  • Gina Fiorele 

The Experts 

  • Amy Seidl, Author, Faculty member UVM
  • Jonathan Comstock, Research Support Specialist, Cornell University
  • Steve Gabriel, Cornell University, Cooperative Extension
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University
  • Curt Stager, Professor of Natural Sciences, Paul Smith’s College 
  • Corrie Miller, Executive Director, Ausable River Association 
  • Jerry Jenkins, Wildlife Conservation Society 
  • Roger Doiron, Founder, Kitchen Gardeners International 
  • Lucas Christenson, Co-owner, Fledging Crow Vegetables 
  • Ken Mudge, Dept. of Horticulture, Cornell University 
  • Jen Kretser, Director of Programs, The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY 
  • Larry Master, Intervale Lowlands, Lake Placid, NY 
  • Ian Shapiro, Founder and co-owner, TAITEM Engineering

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Sometimes reality is too complex, stories give it form. – Jean Luc Goddard

Most importantly, this money will go towards the finishing of the film (edit, graphics, sound design, etc.) and prepare for public screenings.  It is our goal to have many people view this film as possible, and help the next generation create momentum for positive change.

We need your help as we finish the edit, to recoup our committed film crew, and cover all the out of pocket expenses for equipment, travel and lodging.

Amy Seidl, an ecologist, author, and lecturer.
Amy Seidl, an ecologist, author, and lecturer.

PREMIERES

We have to take the action, be the bigger person, we know we didn’t cause this (climate change) but, we can fix it. – Erin Weaver, Senior Lake Placid H.S.

  • Adirondack Research Consortium - May 14, 2014
  • Broadcast Premiere on Mountain Lake PBS - May 15, 2014
  • Online Premiere on mountainlake.org - May 15, 2014
  • The Wild Center - June 13
  • And if we exceed our goal we will unveil more...

INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER VICTOR GUADAGNO

Here's an interview with Producer Vic Guadagno on Mountain Lake Journal talking about the film.

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

This film is being produced in partnership with Bright Blue EcoMedia and Mountain Lake PBS.

Bright Blue EcoMedia has an educational mission to communicate transitional strategies through film. As a unique blend of academics, media professionals, educators, and artists, we are dedicated to communication of positive solutions. Our creative team has worked together in various forms over the past twenty years. Over the past few years, our vision of combining rich educational content with high quality video production has crystallized as Bright Blue EcoMedia. We believe that entertaining, high quality films, teacher’s guides, and new media can be powerful communication tools, translating complex issues to audiences of all ages.

Mountain Lake PBS is an independent, community-licensed television station and media producer in Plattsburgh, NY. The high-quality local programs we produce are broadcast to over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, and Quebec. Our mission is to mission is to strengthen our region through quality programs and services that inform, educate, involve and entertain.  The greatest source of our funding comes from the local community and to produce truly local projects like this we need your support.

Risks and challenges

This is a big film on a micro budget. We’re trying to tell the best story we can, but the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York encompasses a huge area – larger than the state of Vermont. To create this important film we need to cover a lot of ground in a very short period of time. We can do it, but we have significant travel costs and a limited window of opportunity in the run-up to the youth climate summit.

We would love to add more screening dates but can only do so if we exceed our goal.

There are a number of films about climate change, but few that record the effects on a very specific region such as the Adirondack Region. We want to make sure that everyone, regardless of their proximity to the Adirondacks will have access to the film and we need to spend money on the outreach component of the film in order to reach as many people as we can. If we raise more than the $8,500 goal, we will run the documentary in as many film festivals as we can afford, and host more screenings throughout the region.

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