Southern Exposure Films 2021

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September 30, 2021
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Welcome

Join us for the Virtual World Premiere of the 2021 Southern Exposure films on Thursday, September 30 at 6 pm

Created in six short weeks this summer, the 2021 Southern Exposure films celebrate special people and places in Alabama. We'll explore a once-in-a-generation chance to change the operation of a major dam, and discover a special place at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. We'll hear stories untold-until-now about the remarkable families along the Selma to Montgomery March route, grapple with the wastewater infrastructure challenges, and meet amazing advocates working to protect their communities. Join us for an evening of documentary films, with live panel discussion and Q & A following.

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Heal The River

Hydropower dams, built decades ago, have dramatically altered river systems across Alabama. Downstream of the Harris Dam on the Tallapoosa River, families and landowners who have lost property and use of the river have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make changes to the operation of the dam through the relicensing process. Their hope is that these changes can improve downstream conditions and can begin to heal the river.

Wastewater A Tale of Two Cities

The other tale of two cities -- both plagued by decades of lack of investment and racial discrimination in their wastewater infrastructure -- told by community members, advocates, utility operators, and elected officials. As the nation grapples with how to fund long overdue infrastructure needs, this film brings to light the need for urgency and equity in these decisions.

The Last Last Hike

83-year-old Nimblewill Nomad is about to become the oldest person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. But he didn’t start at Springer Mountain, Georgia - his trek began on Flagg Mountain in Alabama, the true southern terminus of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Throughout his odyssey, he’s meeting hikers along the way and sharing the magic of Flagg Mountain, where he has been the caretaker for the past three years. With more than two decades and 50,000 miles of hiking experience behind him, will this really be his last last hike?

54 Miles to Home

Untold-until-now stories of the three families who risked their lives by opening up their land to provide campsites for the thousands of marchers along the 54 mile route from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. The Halls, Steeles and Gardners share for the first time what their parents and grandparents sacrificed and how their families’ legacies and this historic land can be preserved for generations to come.

109min 5sec

Moderators

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    Mike McKenzie

    Mike will moderate the OVEE side of our event tonight, he is Alabama Public Television's Director of Programming and Public Information. He oversees APT’s broadcast schedule, advertising, on-air promotion and fundraising, the APT website, social media, special events and viewer services. Mike has been serving the citizens of Alabama with APT for over 30 years.

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    Mike McKenzie - Alabama Public Television

Participants

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    Cindy Lowry

    Panelist

    Cindy will be the moderator for the post screening discussion, she is the executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance. She joined the staff in 2005 as Watershed Leadership Coordinator and was promoted to Executive Director in 2007. A native of Alabama, Cindy was born and raised in Oneonta, Alabama. She received her BS degree in Wildlife Science from Auburn University and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The focus of her masters’ thesis was citizen participation in public policy. Cindy has more than 15 years of experience in the conservation nonprofit sector. She joined the staff of the Alabama Rivers Alliance in 2005 and was promoted to executive director in 2007. Cindy has been recognized as a “Wonderful Outstanding Woman” from the Metro Birmingham branch of the NAACP (2012), named one of the “Women Who Shape the State” by al.com (2016) and awarded an Auburn University Alumni Spirit of Sustainability Award (2017) and has been inducted in UAB’s MPA Hall of Fame (2020). Cindy is the former President of the Board of Directors for Alabama Arise and was a long-time member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Locust Fork River.

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    Michele Forman

    Panelist

    Michele is the Series Producer for Southern Exposure. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder/director of the Media Studies Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Given her extensive background in film, Michele has played an invaluable role in the Southern Exposure film fellowship while serving as the Series Producer in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. She started her film career as Director of Development at Spike Lee's 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, and has worked on numerous highly acclaimed films. Michele received a B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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    Céline François

    Panelist

    Céline Franois developed her passion for storytelling through film at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Documentary. She hopes to spend her career uplifting key voices and highlighting authentic stories that showcase our collective humanity and relationship to the world we live in. When she's not working as part of the development team at Xpedition Media in Los Angeles, she's pursuing independent documentary projects. Her 2020 short, RANGER DOUG, about a 94-year-old Glacier National Park ranger, has been honored with numerous awards, including a nomination for the GSA BAFTA Student Awards.

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    Sarah Franke

    Panelist

    Sarah is currently based in Chicago and is interested in delving into the complex relationships that exist between humans and their environment, and employing honest storytelling to explore the ethos of people and places. Her 2019 documentary short, BELOW THE FLOOD GATE, premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival and has screened at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and others. Sarah holds a BA in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and an MA in Documentary Film from University of the Arts London. In her free time, she likes to shoot film and recreate outdoors. She is currently producing a narrative feature.

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    Claire Haughey

    Panelist

    Claire Haughey is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and photographer originally from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado pursuing stories that address the intersection of environmental justice, income equality, and community. As a graduate student in Media Studies and Documentary Film at The New School, her thesis film (HIDDEN COSTS) highlighted the multigenerational cycles of community sacrifice for corporate profit in Brooklyn's fossil fuel infrastructure. It was showcased at DOC NYC in 2020. She previously co-directed the Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then short documentary, RENGA FOR THE WEST, and interned at America ReFramed. She is dedicated to creating work that is respectful and inclusive of the individuals and communities who share their stories.

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    Paulina Sobczak

    Panelist

    Paulina Sobczak is a filmmaker, graphic designer, and photographer. Paulina is originally from Poland, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Graphic Design and Multimedia. She is currently pursuing M.A. degrees in both Documentary Film and Sociology at the University of Arkansas. Paulina has been working on several film productions as a crew member and creating her own documentary and interactive films, social video campaigns, and promotional videos. Recently, she joined the organization Women in Film & Television, where she serves as a Director of Communication. Through film, Paulina combines two passions for art and social service.

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