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News from BDSJS and Facing Climate Change
We’re excited to announce Collaborations for Cause 2013! If you’re a photographer, filmmaker or work in cause-driven communications, this conference is for you. Presented in partnership with Ecotrust, Blue Earth‘s second annual event will take place April 26 and 27, 2013 in Portland, OR.
Collaborations for Cause brings together photographers, NGOs, activists and communications professionals to discuss the collaborative future of storytelling. The conference builds on Blue Earth’s mission to support photography that makes a difference through a combination of in-depth presentations and panel discussions, insightful case studies, and a full day of breakout sessions.
We’ve been working with a great team, including Jason Houston of Take One Creative, on this year’s program. Find the complete schedule and registration information on the Collaborations for Cause 2013 website.
We’re excited to be included in a group exhibit at the Kirkland Arts Center entitled “Human+Nature.” Curated by Anna Braden, the show chronicles how artists interpret the marks we leave on the landscape. Two good friends of ours, photographer Daniel Beltrá and artist Maria Coryell-Martin, are also featured. Anna is an M.A. candidate in Museology at the University of Washington and has documented the curation process on her blog. The show runs through April 6, 2013.
Photos courtesy of Anna Braden.
We’re excited to premiere four new films on climate change in the Pacific Northwest at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Over January 11-13 we’ll be speaking at a number of screenings and workshops. In addition, a selection of broadsides from the Natural Histories Project are on view at Festival Headquarters. Scheduled events include:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
7 pm - Facing Climate Change: Potato Famers with Sara at the Miners Foundry.
7 pm - Facing Climate Change: Coastal Tribes & Plateau Tribes with Benj at the Vets Hall.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
2:30 – 3:30pm - On The Edge of Their Seats: Effective Storytelling in a Noisy World with Take One Creative.
3:45 – 4:45pm - Film and Activism: How Activists & Filmmakers are Collaborating to Create Social Change with 350.org.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13
9 am - Facing Climate Change: Oyster Farmers with Benj and Sara at the Miners Foundry.
12 pm - Natural Histories Project and Trail Walk, begins at Miners Foundry.
The full festival schedule can be found here.
In March, we worked through Novus Select to shoot a feature and video footage for Smithsonian Magazine on the native Olympia oyster. The article in the June issue, entitled “The Decades-Long Comeback of Mark Twain’s Favorite Food,” traces the famous author’s preferred oyster from 19th century oyster bars in San Francisco to present-day restoration efforts in Puget Sound. Olys, as Olympia oysters are affectionately called, are a small, potent oyster with a distinct coppery taste. Though few farm this oyster commercially, those who know them love them.
This May 4th and 5th, Blue Earth is bringing together photographers, NGOs and communications professionals to explore best practices, synergy and the collaborative future of storytelling. Whether you work with an organization that’s trying to reach new audiences, or are a photographer interested in cause-driven projects, you’ll leave the retreat with new ideas, strategies and connections.
We helped put together the program and if you’ve been interested in taking a workshop with us, this will be even better. We’ll present the backstory to a few of our recent projects during an event packed with folks from Braided River, The Gates Foundation, FusionSpark, Pandau,The University of Washington, Blue Earth and more.
The retreat will be hosted by the Langley Center for New Media on Whidbey Island, just an hour north of Seattle. Enjoy an early bird registration discount through April 25.
Full details at blueearth.org.