Stonefly - The Fusion Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, I fought sleep and altitude to craft a 7-minute documentary in 120 hours.

The headwaters of a glacial stream in Glacier National Park.

The headwaters of a glacial stream in Glacier National Park.

The Fusion Project Earth Documentary Challenge gave me the topic of extinction and 5 days to create an original short film. Using my solo production gear and some help from the USGS, I was able to meet the challenge and exceed expectations. Stoneflies of Glacier National Park became the subject of the short, two species of which are now proposed for protection under the endangered species act due to the effects of climate change.

A meltwater stonefly (lednia tumana) on a rock near the source of a glacial stream.

A meltwater stonefly (lednia tumana) on a rock near the source of a glacial stream.

Though the film is not yet public, it will be viewable as a top 12 finalist at the DOC NYC Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capitol, and the International Wildlife Film Festival here in Missoula, Montana. It will also enter an audience voting round in May. I'll be sure to remind you to vote!

Thank you to Sean Walsh for his wonderful music and to the USGS for their help.

Half under water in a very cold stream below the Rockies in Glacier National Park.

Half under water in a very cold stream below the Rockies in Glacier National Park.