Libraries and conservation groups join forces to promote the Southern Exposure film series

Birmingham Alabama

Recently, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Black Warrior Riverkeeper formed a partnership to donate 2015 and 2016 “Southern Exposure” DVDs to the Jefferson County Library Cooperative.

“Southern Exposure” is a series of documentary shorts on various Alabama environmental topics by independent filmmakers.

In 2015 and 2016, SELC and Black Warrior Riverkeeper donated copies of “Southern Exposure” for all 19 Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations. This new donation enables all 21 Jefferson County Library locations outside of the BPL system to have the “Southern Exposure”DVDs as well.

SELC and Black Warrior Riverkeeper also donated more copies of its 2015 film to BPL.

“Once Black Warrior Riverkeeper and SELC supplied Southern Exposure DVDs for all 19 Birmingham Public Library locations, expanding to all 41 Jefferson County Library locations was naturally the next step,” said Charles Scribner, executive director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper.

“Now the 658,466 residents of Jefferson County can borrow Southern Exposure free of charge to educate their friends, families, schools, churches, or clubs about a wide range of opportunities and challenges for Alabama’s environment,” Scribner told Bham Now

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Linn-Henley Research Library – Birmingham, Alabama

“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 Alabamians. Now in its fifth year, the innovative summer fellowship brings emerging filmmakers from across the country to tell authentic, engaging stories through short documentary films about Alabama’s environment and the people who cherish it, from the mountains to the coast.

Sponsored by the Southern Environmental Law Center and made possible through the support and partnership with environmental and conservation groups across the state, “Southern Exposure” fellows have the opportunity to create inspiring, captivating films that give viewers a sense of how much Alabama has to offer and the importance of protecting its resources. As a result of these poignant stories depicting the triumphs and challenges facing the state, numerous films from past fellowship years have been selected for screening in juried film festivals around the country. 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.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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