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Screens before Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
USA, 2019, 22 min., English
Of course, it is hard to know, but it is estimated that there will be 150 million people across the world who will become refugees because of the climate crisis and the attendant rising seas. Lowland Kids looks at the first Americans who will be forced from their homes. These people reside on the Isle de Jean Charles along the Louisiana coast, including a pair of teenagers who are desperately hoping to stay on the island where their family has lived for generations.
DIR: Sandra Winther
PROD: William Crouse & Lauren Avinoam
EXEC PROD: William Crouse
EDITOR: Laura Tomaselli
Sandra Winther is a New York-based film director from Copenhagen, Denmark. Much of her work tells the story of underrepresented youths, focusing on the often-overlooked subcultures across America. Her documentary Lowland Kids tackles the complex subject of climate change through the eyes of two American teenagers living on a sinking island in Louisiana.
USA, 2019, 75 min., English
Mossville is haunting, disturbing and essential viewing. It tells the story of Mossville, a small town in Louisiana where a giant chemical plant has landed, displacing its long-time African-American residents. One of them says in a home video: “I am human just like you. I breathe. I think. Just like you.” She died from cancer not long after, and her son Stacey says, “That is why we fight.” In the long-time, uphill battle for environmental justice, “disposable people,” as another character says, are left behind. It is tragic and heartbreaking, but there are people – and you meet them in this forcible documentary – who are not going to go without a fight, which is deeply inspiring. “I want them to know that we existed.”
DIR: Alexander John Glustrom
PROD: Catherine Rierson, Katie Mathews, Daniel Bennett
EXEC PROD: Michelle Lanier, Linda Karn
EDITOR: Tim Watson, Alex Glustrom
Alexander Glustrom is a director, DP, producer, and editor of commercials, music/art videos, and documentaries. His projects have aired on HBO, CNN, Fusion, NYtimes.com, Great Big Story, and Democracy Now. Alex’s directed, shot, produced, and edited his first film, the award-winning documentary Big Charity, which won The Jury Award, and Audience Award at The New Orleans Film Festival. Big Charity was also awarded 2015 Documentary of the Year by Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities, named the 5th Best Film Made in Louisiana in 2014, and the 4th Best Katrina Film by NOLA.com. Alex’s fundraising videos have also raised thousands of dollars for New Orleans youth programs. Alex was awarded Filmmaker of the Year at the 2015 New Orleans Millennial Awards and named as one of New Orleans’ 40 under 40 brightest and most innovative young people by Gambit Magazine.