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Fellows from this year’s Southern Exposure Film Fellowship will screen their films on September 8th. Filmmakers from all over the nation came to Birmingham to participate in the 6-week program. They got the opportunity to learn about and shed light on some of Alabama’s environmental issues.
“To make a film from start to finish in six weeks is no easy feat, and that compressed timeframe is very unusual in documentary filmmaking,” said Michele Forman, Program Director for the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship. “The fellows must research their subjects and film everything they come across–all of the interviews, events, getting shots at a variety of locations–and edit it all together to make a compelling and clear story.”
This year’s lineup focuses on topics like the impacts of dams on Alabama’s rivers and affordable energy efficiency solutions for low-income residents. Southern Exposure’s first-ever animated film will also be among the films screened.
Now in its fifth year, the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship has resulted in the creation of more than 30 films. Southern Exposure is sponsored by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and made possible through the support and partnership of local and statewide conservation groups.
“Throughout the past five years, these gifted filmmakers have been effective in bringing some of the biggest environmental challenges in Alabama into focus,” said Keith Johnston, Managing Attorney of SELC’s Birmingham office. “The Southern Exposure films illustrate much better than mere words some of the more urgent issues facing our state and what can be done to address them.”
The six fellows include Matthew Grcic, Scott Schimmel, Celine Schmidt, Liza Slutskaya, Cai Thomas, and Mary D. Recio. Some fellows have traveled from schools as far as Brown University-Rhode Island and Johns Hopkins in Maryland, and one from as close as UAB.
The screening will start at 7:00 PM at the Altamont School’s Cabaniss-Kaul Center for the Arts.
More information about the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship and the fellows can be found here.