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A look at Louisville's Beargrass Creek, it's history, it's miseries and it's glorious possibilities. It's not your usual documentary.
A look at Louisville's Beargrass Creek, it's history, it's miseries and it's glorious possibilities. It's not your usual documentary.
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“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.

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    A personal electronic invitation to the 2016 Earth Day event and the premier of the Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard.

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    A copy of the DVD and an invitation to the 2016 premier of the Beargrass: The Creek in your Back Yard

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    A Kentucky Waterways Alliance metal water bottle, a copy of the Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard DVD and an invite to the premier to the public showing. Your name listed in the credits of the film

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    A brand new Beargrass Creek Alliance T-shirt, an invitation to the premier and a copy of the DVD. Your name listed in the credits of the film

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    Wildflowers of Beargrass Creek: Take a wildflower walk with Tavia Cathcart Brown, Executive Director, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. she is the author of the 16-state field guide Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and Southern Appalachians,

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    A personal tour the Olmsted Park Conservancy Beargrass Creek restoration efforts with the nationally recognized stream restoration specialist George Athanasakes.

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    A canoe tour of the lower reaches of Beargrass Creek led by the producer for between 1 and 14 paddlers. A copy of the DVD and in invitation to the premier. Your name listed in the credits of the film

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    A canoe tour of the lower reaches of Beargrass Creek led by the producer for up to 30 paddlers. This is an ideal field trip opportunity for local school or organization. Consider transferring this award to your neighborhood school. A copy of the DVD and in invitation to the premier. Your name and listed in the credits of the film

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    Lead sponsor - plus all of the above

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