SILENCES SPEAK VOLUMES by Tom Horton
It’s a classic June morning in the Dorchester marshes: hawks on the hunt, ospreys fishing and dragonflies mating as daylight nears its peak of almost 15 hours on the summer solstice June 21.
Changes in elevation in the landscape, almost imperceptible to the eye, express a lush mosaic of grasses and shrubs, each responding to its tolerance for more or less saltwater on the tidal floods. From wren to sparrow to swallow, from blackbird to rail, a symphony of birdsong further enriches the scene.
But it’s the notes missing today that occupy ecologist David Curson. They are silences that shout alarms about these marshes’ future in an era of climate change and sea level rise.
We are proud to announce that High Tide in Dorchester is an official selection of the Chesapeake Film Festival! Eastern Shore audiences will get a first look at of our work-in-progress about the threats of climate change, sea level rise and erosion.
High Tide in Dorchester will screen on Saturday, October 28, as part of a program of shorts at 4:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre in Easton. A panel discussion, moderated by Brian Ambrette of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, follows the screening. Panelists include two of our team members, writer Tom Horton and director/cinematographer Dave Harp. Other panelists are Dr. Bill Boicourt, professor emeritus of Horn Point Laboratory, and Jess Jacklin, producer of her film, Waterman, about her grandfather.
Sandy Cannon-Brown, the film’s producer and editor, will introduce the film.
High Tide in Dorchester will also be shown on Sunday, October 29 at two other venues without an introduction or panel discussion. The film will screen at 7 p.m. at the Easton Premier Cinemas and at 3 p.m. at the Cambridge Premier Cinemas.
High Tide in Dorchester is made possible by grants and contributions. As of August 10, we have raised $107,000 toward our $175,000 goal. Every dollar helps defray costs of making a film that captures hearts and minds through its visual beauty, poetic narrative, and invaluable information. Please show your concern for the people, wildlife, and land affected by sea level rise and erosion by supporting this film and a dynamic outreach campaign.
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