About this project
“Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard”, examines Louisville's primary urban stream in all it's majesty and misery. It will be a vital conversation starter; to engage all residents and visitors in the future of the creek and the neighborhoods that comprise it’s watershed. The documentary will create a common narrative that can be promoted by neighborhood, public health and environmental organizations.We will create a portrait of the creek and Louisville’s relationship to show the interrelationship between the natural, cultural and built environments. Our goals are simple:
Promote a historical, natural understanding of Beargrass Creek, its tributaries and the 67 square mile watershed.Provide an overview of how the creek has been used, abused over time and explore the positive future oriented solutions to restore the creek and the ecological corridor.
Promote public health benefits that are inherent in a clean urban stream with recreational and transportation trails along its banks.
Highlight Beargrass Creek biodiversity.
Encourage home owners and businesses to use best management practices on their land by featuring current examples that everyone could adopt.Explain the benefits of green infrastructure in simple terms.
Encourage organizations to work together to protect public health,participate in clean ups and to highlight the current work to clean up the creek and how they can support it.
Learn from other urban streams restoration efforts that have transformed their local neighborhoods around our region.
Most important - To engage in community wide work to restore a clean and accessible Beargrass Creek.
Beargrass: The Creek in Your Back Yard will be produced in two versions – a 30 minute full length documentary that could be aired on public television, used in classroom settings, and used with community organizations. We will also produce a 7 – 8 minute executive summary that could be used for neighborhood meetings, presentations with area businesses as well as being available on line.
Risks and challenges
There are challenges that face any project. The most apparent with this one are-- raising the necessary funding and telling a compelling story. Writer/director Morgan Atkinson has successfully produced more than 15 documentaries that have been aired on public television. The budgets have ranged from $10,000 to $250,000. No matter the budget he has found a way to produce stories that program directors across America have happily broadcast.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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