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Backyard: March 2014 Newsletter 

Just one thing first...

I'm going to share news and happenings in chronological order, save for this one bit, which is too exciting to hold off on:

Backyard has been nominated for a Student Emmy!  Yowza! I couldn't be happier...So much work over the last few years, so much courage on the part of my subjects, the support of my MSU professors and fellow filmmakers, and the help of my Kickstarter backers, all being recognized by THE Academy. And not that I needed to have the film validated by some outside entity, but this certainly won't hurt in terms of bringing more exposure to the issue. Plus, the award ceremony is in L.A., which has quickly become a center of the fracking battle, so it'll be pretty amazing having it recognized in such a supportive and tuned-in locale. 

Fracking News Not to Miss

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1. This story takes the cake. If you had any doubts about the insanity of this industry, have a read...

2. LA has become the first major city to move on a fracking moratorium. Hopefully Gov. Brown will listen...

3. More perspectives on the LA ban...

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

W&S was an amazing experience this year--connecting with super-inspiring folks, being awarded an Honorable Mention, and having Backyard selected for Wild & Scenic On Tour. So, make sure to keep Wild & Scenic on your radar, as Backyard might be showing in your town (but no matter what they choose to screen near you, it will be a great line-up and very worth checking out)!

Portland Tour Recap

Awesome screening at Portland's Clinton St. Theater!
Backyard had four great screenings in the Portland, Oregon area recently, to some extremely receptive and tuned-in audiences (not a surprise in Portland, but still exciting). The first was at the Milwaukie Film Series' Watershed event, followed by a University of Portland lecture in Steve Kolmes' and Russell Butkus' Theology in Ecological Perspectives class. Next we did a Clinton St. Theatre event (with special thanks to the Gasland team for letting us show "The Sky is Pink"), and lastly, a great turnout at Portland Community College, hosted by Kelly Ballew's Environmental Studies class. A huge thank you to April Ann Fong for managing logistics for the university screenings and to Mike Rosen and Lani Jo and Roger Leigh for the Clinton Street Theatre screening. 

Cold Love

This isn't directly related to Backyard, other than it's another great project that I'm currently working on that also has at its core a climate-change message. We're presently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the final edit. Please consider checking out the trailer and site and helping if you can--we only have a couple weeks left so any help, either financially or through sharing the link, would be super helpful! Thanks! (It's a great story with more adventure and less sadness than Backyard...) 

Upcoming Festivals and Screenings:

March 15th, 6:30 PM
Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour

Hosted by Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Clifton Center, Louisville, KY

March 27th, 6:30 PM
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

D.C. Premiere at The Center for American Progress

March 28th, 12:00 PM
American Documentary Film Festival

Southern California Premiere at Camelot Theater, Palm Springs, CA

April 3rd & 4th, 11:30 AM
Sonoma International Film Festival

Sonoma, CA

April 24th, 6:00 PM?
Food & Water Watch Earth Day Event

Denver, CO

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