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A film project that will compel decision makers to conserve iconic NH landscapes at risk due to an electricity transmission project.
A film project that will compel decision makers to conserve iconic NH landscapes at risk due to an electricity transmission project.
A film project that will compel decision makers to conserve iconic NH landscapes at risk due to an electricity transmission project.
340 backers pledged $35,640 to help bring this project to life.

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For more information about Northern Pass, please visit my blog: http://ecophotography.com/category/the-power-of-place/

The Film: The Power of Place will be a 30-minute documentary film that explores the negative impacts of Northern Pass, a 180-mile long electricity transmission line project that has been proposed by Northeast Utilities in partnership with Hydro-Quebec. I will combine classically beautiful landscape cinematography with interviews of those intimately connected to the land to show how the wild and undisturbed character of the land has the power to fuel inspiration, imagination, and an interconnectedness with nature. The main question the film will ask is "Do we want to trade this power for electricity that most likely won't even be needed in New Hampshire?"

Northern Pass: If Northern Pass is built as proposed, it will have a significant impact on the overall character of the land in some of New Hampshire's most iconic landscapes, including The White Mountain National Forest and Appalachian National Scenic Trail. (The overall impact of Northern Pass is summarized in this FAQ.) These places played a major role in inspiring me to become a conservation photographer twenty-plus years ago. We think of conserved land like Appalachian Trail as protected from this kind of development, but obviously we need to be vigilant to insure that current policy makers honor the conservation intent of previous generations.

How The Power of Place can make a difference: My goal is to produce a film that will depict the at-risk New Hampshire landscape in such a compelling way that those who view it will demand that Northern Pass be stopped or significantly altered. The film will show that Northern Pass not only affects the 1000+ families and businesses that will be directly impacted by their proximity to the right of way, but that Northern Pass will negatively impact the New Hampshire experience for the millions of people who visit each year to enjoy its natural beauty and wilderness character.

In addition to using The Power of Place to sway public opinion, I will also be sending DVD's of the film to more than 500 decision makers in both the New Hampshire and U.S. governments (several agencies in both need to approve the project.)

My previous work on Northern Pass: I produced several short videos in 2011 and 2012 about the impact of Northern Pass for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Here's the most recent:

You can see them all in my Northern Pass Vimeo album.

Here are some photos from my previous work on the Northern Pass issue:

Budget: Production: 12K, Post-Production: 10K, Travel: 3K, DVD's and shipping: 2K, Music Score: 1K, Animation/Graphic Design: 1K, Rewards and Kickstarter Fee: 6K

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Bad weather, heat exhaustion, black flies, sprained tendons, and hungry black bears.

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