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‘Between Earth and Sky’ chosen for prestigious film festival in nation’s capital

‘Between Earth and Sky’ chosen for prestigious film festival in nation’s capital

A film produced by a Texas Tech College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources administrator and soil science professor has been selected for a prestigious national film festival. “Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier” has been chosen for screening at the 2017 Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. The festival is scheduled for March 14-26 throughout the nation’s capital.

The film is produced by David Weindorf, the associate dean for research and the BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. By highlighting the extensive work of University of Alaska-Fairbanks researcher Chien-Lu Ping, the film documents the effects of climate change on the arctic soils and ecosystems of Alaska and how it is altering both the wildlife and the residents of the state.

Excerpts of the film were presented by Weindorf in November at the prestigious Council of Parties (COP22) international climate talks in Morocco. It is a collaborative effort between Weindorf, Texas Tech Public Media, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Tech and Alaska-Fairbanks.

Being selected for this festival is, Weindorf hopes, just the first step toward the film being released worldwide. The more festivals at which it is screened, the better the chance it could be picked up for distribution by media entities such as PBS or the Discovery Channel.

Weindorf said the film also is scheduled for screening at the European Geophysical Union meeting in Vienna, Austria, in April, and a national film tour is being assembled. He also hopes the film could be added to a video streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu.

“What started out as a simple idea to capture the knowledge and perspective of Dr. Chien-Lu Ping’s last arctic soils field tour has evolved into a film that is now being nationally and internationally recognized,” Weindorf said.

Reporting by George Watson

CONTACT: David Weindorf, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or david.weindorf@ttu.edu

0117NM17 / Editor’s Note: To view the full text of the Texas Tech University Communications and Marketing story, click http://today.ttu.edu/posts/2017/01/between-earth-and-sky

 

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