In August of 2010, our film crew followed Mauri Pelto and his team of researchers as they studied and documented the melting glaciers of the North Cascades. With packs full of climbing and film gear, we explored places where glaciers cover mountainsides and cling to towering volcanoes. We returned with many hours of striking cinematography and eye opening accounts of the changes taking place in the backyard of the United States. We want to show these changes through the eyes of a man who has been witness to it for many years. What do we lose as the glaciers recede and disappear? What does the uncertain future hold for the glaciers and the water supply?
For twenty-seven years, our subject, Mauri Pelto, has hiked high into the mountains to measure the health of the glaciers and forecast their future. He has watched many of the glaciers recede rapidly, while some have disappeared altogether. Mauri’s experiences demonstrate drastic changes in the North Cascades, and paint a picture of the glaciers as moving, changing things with their own characteristics and challenges. Over the years Mauri's troupe of researchers has varied with more than 50 people having assisted him over the years. They monitor more glaciers than any other program in North America and recently his son and Daughter have joined in with the other research assistant. Utilizing new, smaller high-definition video technology, we were able to capture the North Cascades with intimate detail and create striking images of places few are able to go. The film could not have been made in this way three years ago.
NEED YOUR HELP
The film has been self-funded by the director, Cory Kelley, through pre-production and filming. The crew has donated many long hours on and off the trail. But we can't finish the film without your help. We need to raise money for a full time editor, color correction, sound design, and music rights.
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SHOULD YOU CARE?
We have all heard of shrinking glaciers and rising temperatures, but these stories are often about far away places. For some, these facts and statistics are difficult to relate to. The glaciers of the North Cascades, located in America's own backyard, directly affect the people of the Pacific Northwest. Apple farmers need glacier melt for late summer irrigation, city dwellers count on glaciers for much of their water supply, and salmon rely on glacier water to keep rivers flowing. This is a story that matters. As these glaciers continue to recede and disappear, the film will serve to document their beauty and loss. By following Mauri Pelto, a man who has dedicated 30 years of his life, to intimately studying these glaciers, the film tells a human story that anyone can relate to.
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