Tomorrow, I begin the national film premiere tour to DC, NY, LA, and AVL for my first documentary series, The Story We Want!
Join me for a Mother’s Day premiere at Green Festival Expo DC of The Story We Want, Saturday, May 13th in Washington, D.C.
2pm Panel: Stand up for our future, you can fight air and climate pollution! with Elizabeth Brandt of Moms Clean Air Force, Jeremiah Lowery of Put A Price On It and Camila Thorndike of Chesapeake Climate Action Network
3 pm Film Premiere: The Story We Want followed by q&a with Climate Listening Project Director Dayna Reggero
I’ve been traveling and filming stories throughout the United States and around the world for three years as Climate Listening Project director, connecting hopeful conversations on climate and community through film. A few months ago, I traveled across America with Moms Clean Air Force to listen to women who are confronting climate change impacts and a culture of extraction. These American stories demonstrate the new day-to-day reality for many ordinary women — unsung heroes — who are working together to protect their families and communities. These stories are told through The Story We Want.
I began working on the Climate Listening Project after 2013 had the wettest, rainiest year ever in the history of my city, Asheville, North Carolina. Day after day, rain. Inside, looking out at my garden as things died, flooded, bloated. After three years of traveling and filming climate impacts and conversations all over America, I came home from my last tour last winter to forest fires and what they call a hundred year drought. I had just been on a tour listening to women who live in just a few of America’s toxic places where after two months my nose was bleeding from the methane leaks and pollution from oil, gas, and coal that made my throat burn — and where I had to wade through sewage in rising seas just to get to someone’s home. So I get home to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where people come to breathe fresh clean air, but it’s burning. Day after day, they said the air was code purple, higher than code red, and it burned to breathe. They said children should stay inside. I can’t help but to ask questions.
Most of the women I interviewed for The Story We Want wouldn’t have called themselves environmentalists. The Climate Listening Project explores the connections that are important to each of us: family, faith, business, the food we eat, the things we love. These women are working together and sharing their stories for their children and communities. These individuals are doing research, planting seeds of hope, and inspiring people across the country to share their stories, take action, and find solutions. The series weaves together a powerful narrative about motherly love, resilience and hope in a climate-changing world.
We set out on a national tour to film in eight states: Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Florida, and North Carolina. I found myself listening to stories from some of the most courageous people I have ever met. Moms Clean Air Force is a community of more than one million moms and dads united against air pollution — including the urgent crisis of our changing climate — to protect our children’s health. We only had a short time with these women. The Story We Want: a five part series is just a glimpse into their days. And, these stories are just a glimpse into the stories that can be told by women across America — the stories we don’t always get to hear — or tell.
In 2016, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox aired a combined 50 minutes of climate coverage on their evening and Sunday news programs. – Media Matters
In 2016, at the nation’s top 20 news outlets, men produced 62.3% of news reports analyzed. – Women’s Media Center
In 2016, females comprised 29% of protagonists. Females comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. – Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film
“Dayna Reggero, recently created a series that told the stories of mothers across the country and how they’re directly affected by climate change. ‘We can’t go backwards on the Paris Climate Agreement, on clean air, clean water regulations,’ Reggero says. ‘And we need to be thinking about how to move forward and create solutions and take action because climate change impacts are already being seen in our area and around the country.”— via WLOS ABC 13
We all have our stories and I do think it’s important to talk about climate change and take action in whatever ways we can.
The first two episodes of The Story We Want are available to watch online now at TheStoryWeWant.com and on Facebook @ Climate Listening Project. I hope you will join me to continue this conversation at a premiere in NY, LA, DC or AVL! Details below:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Green Festival Washington, D.C.
The Story We Want: DC Premiere with Dayna Reggero
3 pm, DC Convention Center
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Green Festival New York
The Story We Want: NY Premiere with Dayna Reggero
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The Story We Want: Asheville Premiere with Dayna Reggero
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Green Festival Los Angeles
The Story We Want: LA Premiere with Dayna Reggero
The Magic Box at The REEF