Ever since entomologist Doug Tallamy awakened me to the critical connection between native plants and native insects, with his book, Bringing Nature Home, a new, fascinating world has opened up. Without hesitation, I can say Doug has inspired me and changed the path I’ve taken in environmental filmmaking.
I am thrilled to be producing Hometown Habitat, a documentary that focuses on Doug’s research and insights and expands to profile other individuals and organizations who are working to create diverse, native habitats and change the unproductive culture of lawn based thinking.
We are in the final stretch of field production, with only a handful of pick up shots needed. Our last day of shooting will be October 21st to film the one millionth tree being planted in NYC for the Million TreesNYC campaign.
Meanwhile, we are editing -the fun part- as we weave together these inspirational stories of ecosystem healing!
As I look back at the last year and a half of developing this documentary and filming across the country, there is a thread that runs through all the stories. That thread is a sense of community.
Individuals are making a big difference “healing the Earth one yard at a time”. And even more exciting is that those individuals are joining with neighbors, city agencies, businesses, schools and churches to form a significant force, an army of Habitat Heroes!
Fundraising is ongoing. With generous donations from native plant enthusiasts everywhere, we are half way to our goal of $176,000! We critically need the help of individuals, nurseries, native plant societies, master gardeners and environmental groups to complete this film and get the message out all over the country. That message, by planting native plants, each individual has the power to conserve resources, manage storm water, restore habitat for wildlife and bring beauty to their patch of earth and their hometowns.
Please join our team with your donation and be the first in your community to screen Hometown Habitat in 2016!
Catherine & Crew