APPLICATIONS FOR THE
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE FILM FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 12, 2017
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SOUTHERN EXPOSURE FILM FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM TO CONTINUE
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE ALABAMA RIVERS ALLIANCE
BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Alabama Rivers Alliance is thrilled to announce they will be assuming the role as primary sponsor of the prestigious Southern Exposure Film Fellowship program beginning in January 2018. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) was the sponsor from 2012 – 2016.
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE is a film fellowship program that is actively raising awareness about Alabama’s incredible natural resources and important environmental issues that impact all of us. This innovative summer fellowship brings emerging filmmakers from across the country to tell authentic, engaging stories through short documentary films about Alabama’s environment — and the people who cherish it — from the mountains to the coast.
“ARA is proud to be the new home for the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship program, which continues to be extremely important to the environmental community throughout Alabama and beyond,” Cindy Lowry said. “We are excited to lead this tremendously successful program, bringing in emerging filmmakers to Alabama to meet with local community members, elected officials, scientists, business owners, riverkeepers and other conservation groups to create short documentaries that highlight Alabama’s environmental heritage, as well as the threats facing our state.”
SELC’s leadership of the program over the past five years created an impressive library of more than 30 films featuring citizens working to protect the state’s abundance of natural wonders. ARA is looking forward to continuing that mission with our 60+ partner groups and finding critically important stories to share throughout Alabama.
“Our Alabama partners and citizens of the state have been a cornerstone for the success of Southern Exposure from the very beginning—these compelling films would not have been possible without their time, effort and wealth of knowledge,” said Keith Johnston, managing attorney for SELC’s Birmingham office. “We look forward to the future success of the program under ARA’s leadership and additional opportunities to collaborate within the environmental community.”
As we gear up to host a new class of fellows next summer, ARA will highlight some of the past films in a special Southern Exposure Sampler which will be featured at our 2017 screenings of the national Wild & Scenic Film Festival hosted throughout Alabama. Each of the films selected as part of this sampler represent the impact this program has had in enhancing efforts to protect Alabama’s environment through advocacy campaigns and improved awareness of how each individual can make a difference.
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