With a month until the 2nd International Strasburg Film Festival we are featuring another great film. This eye opening documentary about a remarkable, adorable little bucktoothed ecosystem engineer. It will be played during our Saturday November 16th 6:00 PM screening at Box Office Brewery.
The Beaver Believers shares the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists – a biologist, a hydrologist, a botanist, an ecologist, a psychologist, and a hairdresser – who share a common goal: restoring the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, furry little bucktoothed engineer, to the watersheds of the American West. The Beaver Believers encourage us to embrace a new paradigm for managing our western lands, one that seeks to partner with the natural world rather than overpower it.
As a keystone species, beaver enrich their ecosystems, creating the biodiversity, complexity, and resiliency our watersheds need to absorb the impacts of climate change. Beavers can show us the way and even do much of the work for us, if only we can find the humility to trust in the restorative power of nature and our own ability to play a positive role within it. Shot in 8 western US states, Mexico, and Canada, through desert drought, raging wild fires, spring floods, and the peaceful calm of wetlands, this film will change the way you think about climate change and inspire you to take a bite out of the challenges we face, one stick at a time.
You can order tickets and review the trailer here or you can purchase a Saturday Day Pass ($10) or Full Festival Pass ($30) to enjoy the wonders of film all across the globe.
Director Biography – Sarah Koenigsberg
Sarah Koenigsberg, director of Tensegrity Productions in Walla Walla, WA, is a filmmaker, photographer, and educator whose work focuses on stories of art, environment, and community in the American West. Her films and teaching cross disciplines, illuminating the power of storytelling as a medium through which to explore complex science and policy issues.
Her commercial clients include Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, American Rivers, Knowm Inc, the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, Grand Canyon Trust, the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, and Schoen Guitars. As a cinematographer she has shot for Discovery Chanel Canada, Scholastic children’s book publishing, and The US Department of Energy.
As an educator, she frequently works with Whitman College teaching video and audio production, and interdisciplinary storytelling. From 2008 to 2016 she taught the media and storytelling component of Whitman’s environmental studies field program Semester in the West, developing the curriculum for their semester-long comprehensive project, an audio podcast.
The Tensegrity Productions studio doubles as a community events venue, hosting everything from the Sweet Onion Cinematheque film club to live music performances to yoga retreats. Sarah loves strong coffee, dark chocolate, organizing cupboards, and finding an excuse to climb up high things to “get the shot.” She hates sticky jar lids, tangled power cords, and lima beans. Learn more about her work and production company at http://www.tensegrityproductions.com.