1/21/14

In the news: Documentary takes a closer look at Great Lakes and climate change

A recent documentary, Project: Ice, started out as a portrait of shipping and sailing on the Great Lakes, but because of recent weather events and conversations with Great Lakes area residents, it turned into something much larger. 

"What was conceived as a documentary about ferries and shipping on the Great Lakes became something else. During filming, the film crew realized there was a bigger story about how climate change affects the lives and livelihoods of people living in the region.

'While conducting interviews, everyone kept talking about how the climate was changing,' executive producer Leslie Johnson explained to me. ‘It was totally unprompted, and we realized that this was an important part of the story.’

The movie is packed with history and information about the role of these vast inland seas in the industrial development of North America. It delves into the history of the railcar ferries at the Straits of Mackinac and documents the importance of ice in the lives of people living around the Great Lakes, including commercial fisherman on Lake Superior, recreational ice fishers, pond hockey players, ice climbers, Native American Ojibwe, and Mackinac Islanders…

The imagery, insights, and observations about the changes underway are rich in detail and could stand alone as an equally compelling story. It’s almost like having two films rolled into one, but much of the historical background does provide an important backdrop to the modern-day challenges associated with the loss of ice on the Great Lakes."
Follow the link above for a trailer of the film and for the complete article.

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