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Filming of a performance - red weather balloon release, Dune State Park, IN.
Filming of Sand Hill Crane migration - Jasper Pulaski Park, IN. Interviews - National Weather Service, Davenport Iowa - Meteorologist and Astrophysicist, also documentation of weather balloon release, soundings and computer model building for projected storms. Interview - University of IL, Chicago - Biologist - focus on habitat fragmentation and fringe effects.
Found Footage - Mathematician and Physicist - focus on stratosphere cooling. Filming of Lake Michigan, Chicago shoreline - frozen water and the power of waves.Filming of Spring peeper frogs at a wetland in Beverly Shores, IN.
November 23rd, 2008 is an experimental documentary about the dichotomy between established paths – the natural and technological. A running sequence made up of three interwoven parts - land, atmosphere and
water- initial images explore the blatant contrast between the simple experience of release and the contradictory, systematic explanation given by science.
This questioning lead me on a further experiential and dialogical journey exploring varied themes from landscape status and fragmentation, to more topical subjects within the field of climatology and biology. I also more closely
examined the effect of change upon the natural landscape, ecological systems and inhabitants from human
Even more questions persist as the film continues. Explored are vast expanses of water, atmospheric science,
invasive species relationships, the ultimate connection of all systems, and the consequential chain reaction of even the slightest change. Also analyzed is how we process and synthesize information, and attempt to
understand the overwhelming effect of the information age upon the land and it’s inhabitants. Utilizing things such as human invented tracking devices and means in addition to documented routes, mainly represented are ideas of safety, surveillance and exploration in relation to loss of freedom and mystery.
Is getting lost possible or beneficial in the modern, scientifically prevalent world?
Zhashagi (Echo Maker), an in-process documentary by Hypha Films, focuses on the construction of Eagle Mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as well as impacts upon the environment and peoples of the region.
Kennecott-Rio Tinto, the company currently building the mine, has chosen to put the entrance on the Yellow Dog Plains at the sacred site called Migi zii wa sin (Eagle Rock). This is where the Anishinaabe peoples have held religious ceremonies for thousands of years.
Zhashagi shares the voices of the Anishinaabe peoples and the surrounding Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and brings to light the stark contrast of viewpoint between people and industry, not only in treatment of land and water, but also prioritization of resources and consideration of long term effect upon future generations.
Interview of Robert Jackson on 4/1412
Oil spill cleanup worker John Bolenbaugh explains how he was fired for refusing to cover up oil at the Enbridge pipeline leak in Michigan, which is estimated to have spilled around a million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. He shows us oil left behind in the water and in the woods eight months after the spill. During our tour of the site, Enbridge employees arrive by boat, helicopter, and truck to intimidate Bolenbaugh and get us off their land.
Hypha Film Project
The Hypha Film Project is a resource and support network for independent filmmakers to utilize their skills and connections to give voice to the unheard - non-profits, peoples, social and environmental issues and etc. - to achieve a goal of community dialog and awareness, as well as tell the story to a larger audience.