Campus Center - Ballroom 108.3/4
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 06:00 PM
Hunton will be interviewed about his film, Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier (2016) and his other projects on Wednesday, February 16, 6 pm, in Campus Center Ballroom 108.3/4.
Prior to this event, Between Earth and Sky will be screened on February 14, 6-8 pm, in TLC 1305.
Host: School of the Arts with generous funding from Michael and Andrea Stone
Free and open to the public
Paul Hunton is the CEO of Texas Tech Public Media a PBS and NPR member station that broadcasts throughout west Texas. He is a four-time Emmy winning documentary filmmaker as a director for Put Me To Suffering and There Will be No Bad Talk or Loud Talk in This Place. Hunton sits on the board of directors for PBS and is also a member of the board of directors for Vision Maker Media, an organization dedicated to funding and distributing content made by and for Native Americans. He teaches documentary filmmaking in the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University and is an alumni of Eastern New Mexico University and Texas Tech University.
About the film:
Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change. Between Earth and Sky examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil. The island of Shishmaref has been home to the Inupiaq people for thousands of years. As sea ice retreats and coastal storms increase the people of Shishmaref are faced with a disappearing island and a 200 million dollar price tag to move their people with an untold cost on their culture and history.
Permafrost (permanently frozen ground) in the Arctic and Subarctic sequesters 40% of the Earth’s soil carbon. Alaska has experienced the largest regional warming of any state in the U.S. increasing 3.4 degrees F since 1949. This warming has created a feedback loop of carbon to the atmosphere and the thawing of permafrost.
Mixing interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils, with the day to day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming, Between Earth and Sky shows the calamity of climate change that has started in Alaska but will soon engulf the globe. --https://betweenearthandskymovie.com/