About this project
Saving Snow will document how communities whose livelihoods depend on winter sports are coping with climate change. We need your support to jumpstart production!
This will be the second film in the Adaptation Now documentary project, which was created to demonstrate how global warming is already disrupting lives and showcase solutions. We are using the power of film to raise awareness, improve understanding, and empower audiences to act in meaningful ways.
Federal climate change programs are likely to be rolled back in the coming years. In order to keep the United States on track to meeting its goals and commitments, local communities, businesses and grassroots movements will be required to take the lead.
Saving Snow will celebrate the unexpected successes in the fight against climate change at the summit: towns powered 100% by renewable energy, the emergence of passionate and creative advocates, and businesses setting a new standard for corporate sustainability.
Winter sports communities and enthusiasts will have a film they can use to communicate what they are fighting for. Climate leaders will have a source of inspiration to grow and energize their support base.
About Adaptation Now
Adaptation Now was launched in late 2014 with a successful crowd-funding campaign. We work to amplify the voices of farmers facing harsher droughts, of mountaineers who grapple with shorter winters, of coastal dwellers inundated by rising seas, and of the everyday climate heroes working to give us hope!
Our first film Facing the Surge was completed in June of 2016 and examines the very tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, VA. But it is not a film about loss and inaction. It also includes the story of citizens from across the United States stepping forward to raise awareness and push their government to put a price on carbon.
We use our films to bring communities together and connect audiences with groups on the ground working to advance solutions. From September through November of 2016, Diogo Castro Freire, Adaptation Now's lead filmmaker, traveled from Maine to Florida to participate in over 60 screenings of Facing the Surge organized by local volunteers from Citizens' Climate Lobby in partnership with other civic-minded organizations.
The first shoots will take place this March in the Rockies. If all goes well, we may even start sooner in Wisconsin. The goal is to finish the film by January of 2018, which gives us enough time to capture perspectives from multiple locations. We have already lined up a series of in-depth interviews with people on the front line, including: professional athletes, scientists, policy experts, community leaders, business leaders, and residents who derive their income from winter.
If you would like to learn more about this topic, then consider reading the 2012 study Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States, a collaboration between the Natural Resources Defense Council and Protect Our Winters, or the book Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow by Porter Fox.
Risks and challenges
We are operating under a tight budget with an ambitious timeline, which is often the reality of documentary filmmaking. Like any venture, filmmaking faces many risks that can compromise even the best-laid plans, including casting errors, equipment failures and bad weather. In addition, the best documentaries evolve during production, responding to events in real time. While this film's details may change, its purpose will remain the same: demonstrating how communities whose livelihoods depend on winter sports are coping with climate change.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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