I enjoyed attending Thursday’s screening of four short films all focusing on environmental issues in my home state of Alabama. The Southern Exposure event was held at the Little River Canyon Center.
Southern Exposure is a film fellowship program that is actively raising awareness about Alabama’s incredible natural resources and important environmental issues that impact all of us.
This innovative summer fellowship brings emerging filmmakers from across the country to tell authentic, engaging stories through short documentary films about Alabama’s environment.
The filmmakers included:
- Remi Escudie (telling the story of the Trump Administration’s assault on the Clean Water Act and sounding the alarm about the impacts on rivers, streams and wetlands of Alabama),
- Kristy Choi (with a highly compelling story of a Birmingham community poisoned by a nearby coal plant and a bribery scandal that has kept their community off the Superfund list for cleanup),
- Kenzie Greer (profiling the importance of prescribed fire through controlled burns to retore native habitats), and
- Jeb Brackner (with a delightful short film about the uniqueness of Little River Canyon and efforts to get it designated as a “wild and scenic” area so it can be protected and promoted). I met Jeb and told him how much I enjoyed his short film, which includes moments with local riverkeepers Billy and Angie Shugart, singer Jess Goggans, Moon from the Wildflower Cafe in Mentone, JSU Canyon Center Director Pete Conroy, and other people I know.
Each of these documentaries included calls to action by viewers. I encourage anyone reading this to view these films and then act by:
- Signing your name to the petition to lobby for Wild & Scenic Designation.
- Sending a letter directly to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and the US Environmental Protection Agency urging they add North Birmingham communities to the National Priorities List.
- Sign up for action alerts and updates about efforts to stop the rolling back of crucial protections for America’s streams and wetlands.
- Learn more about managing the wild areas in the South through fire.
About the Southern Exposure film fellowship program
The Alabama Rivers Alliance served as primary sponsor of the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship program, taking over from the Southern Environmental Law Center, which sponsored the program from 2012–2016.
The point of these documentaries is to give viewers a sense of how much Alabama has to offer and the importance of protecting its resources. Numerous films from past fellowship years have been selected for screening in juried film festivals around the country!
Other live screenings and online distribution of the films continue to reach a variety of audiences, in Alabama and across the nation, helping Southern Exposure fulfill the mission to spread awareness, appreciation and inspire action on behalf of Alabama’s environment.
© 2019 Steven Stiefel