On September 16, the Downing Film Center will screen three short films, directed by local filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, about environmental risks to the Hudson River Valley, the birthplace of the American environmental movement.
Growing with the Grain: Upstate New York used to be a breadbasket of grain growing. Westward expansion yielded more ideal climates for growing, and production shifted to the Midwest. Scientists, farmers, bakers and brewers take part in a grain trial test that hopes to produce a new generation of grain suited for the Northeast, bringing sustainable and more localized grain production back to the region.
Source to Sea: In partnership with volunteer citizen samplers, Hudson Riverkeeper tests select tributaries of the Hudson for fecal-indicating bacteria and other water quality indicators. These samples are collected from the streambank by trained community scientists, and processed in our onboard lab, our lab in Kingston, or one of our partner labs. Communities up and down the Hudson River use this data to restore and protect their local waterways.
A Living River: This new short film documents the work of Riverkeeper, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and others to restore the Hudson River ecosystem.
More information about the films is available at hudsonriverstories.com/hope-on-the-hudson.
Tickets are $7 for the general public and $6 for Downing members. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Downing box office or via the Downing website at downingfilmcenter.com. The Downing has only 55 seats, and seating will be on a first-come first-served basis. It is located at 19 Front Street.
The screening will take place at 7:15 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before the screening.