Defending the Arctic Refuge: Film Screening + Discussion
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
$10 for members of WAC, Maine Audubon, and NRCM; $15 for non-members.
All proceeds from the event went to the filmmakers.
NRCM, in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Maine and Maine Audubon, hosted a film screening and discussion on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
For five months, Kristin Gates and Jeremy La Zelle lived with the Gwich’in people, followed the Porcupine Caribou herd migration on foot, camped with Polar bears on the Arctic Ocean, and paddled 500 miles down the Porcupine River. This was all to document the wild Arctic ecosystem and the voices of the Gwich’in Nation who have been fighting for decades to protect their sacred land from resource development. We screened the film, heard from the filmmakers, and learned why the Arctic Refuge must be protected and preserved for all time.
About the Filmmakers:
Kristin Gates is a digital storyteller, writer, and long distance hiker best known for becoming the first woman to traverse the Arctic Brooks Range solo. She has lived in the Arctic and Sub Arctic for the last decade working to protect threatened wilderness areas through film. She is a 2010 Colby College graduate.
Jeremy La Zelle is a roducer and videographer who has traveled the globe in order to document important issues. He has worked for National Geographic, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel and also started his own company called Backpacker Films.