August 8, 2013 by Jeff
The workshop, to be held Saturday, September 7, from 10 am to 2 pm at Town Hall, will help us solve some key issues related to Brandon’s complicated relationship with the river that shaped it — the Neshobe. Join us!
As a happy coincidence, some other great water-related events are taking place just north of us, in Middlebury. Check ’em out:
Screening of “After the Floods” at Vermont Folklife Center on Thursday, August 15, at 6:30 PM the Vermont Folklife Center with host filmmaker Joe DeFelice for the premier screening of “After the Floods: Vermont’s Rivers and the Legacy of Irene.” This program is offered in tandem with the Vermont Folklife Center exhibition, “The Power of Water—Reflections on Rivers and Lessons from Irene,” on display through September 7.
Looking back on our collective experience with Tropical Storm Irene, one thing is clear: Preparing for flooding in a time of global climate change is an economic, environmental, and cultural imperative. The film “After the Floods: Vermont’s Rivers and the Legacy of Irene” spells out the challenge.
While there had been both film and audio productions exploring the human tragedy of Irene, producer Joe DeFelice was concerned that no media program had focused on the rivers themselves. Thus, with support from Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Green Mountain Power (then CVPS), and the Stratton Foundation, Joe criss-crossed the state interviewing experts on river management and videotaping rivers in various stages of health.
“After the Floods” draws on this research to explore both success stories and potential problem areas regarding river management in the context of the flooding that accompanied Tropical Storm Irene. The film begins by explaining how rivers work and stresses the importance of floodplains and wetlands in flood control. It features preventative technology and techniques such as infrastructure upgrades, back roads erosion control, floodplain restoration projects, river habitat improvements, and riparian buffers. On the flip side, the film highlights the consequences of river modification efforts upon wildlife and humans alike. These may include the effects of berms, bank armoring, stream channelization, and gravel extraction.
Producer Joe DeFelice earned a degree in film from NYU and a Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. His thesis film on the effects of motorized recreation began a passionate career in environmental filmmaking that continues here in the Green Mountain State.
In 2005, Joe founded Riverbank Media, a 501C-3 organization whose mission is to relate the natural, historical and cultural importance of rivers and watersheds through media production. To date, Riverbank Media has produced five films, and is gearing up for its first ever full-length nature documentary depicting the ecology of a mountain stream over the course of one year.
“After the Floods” will be shown in the gallery of the Vermont Folklife Center headquarters building at 88 Main Street in Middlebury. Gallery hours for the exhibition “The Power of Water: Reflections on Rivers and Lessons from Irene” are 10:00 to 5:00, Tuesday through Saturday. For information about the exhibit and program series call (802) 388-4964 or visit the Website at www.vermontfolklifecenter.org.
The Vermont Folklife Center’s mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.