VIDEO S&WFF;: America's Lost Landscape: Tallgrass Prairie
You've still got until September 29th to enter your film in the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and check for the tour in your area. One film on the tour, America’s Lost Landscape: Tallgrass Prairie (Documentary, 60min by Dr. Daryl Smith, David O’Shields) takes you to the midwest where this TreeHugger grew up with a cognizant dissonance between his ethnic homeland and the U.S. heartland. Prior to Euro-American settlement in the 1820s, one of the major landscape features of North America was 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie. But between 1830 and 1900 the prairie was steadily transformed to farmland (and then to corporate headquarters as I note here). This drastic change in the landscape brought about an enormous social change for Native Americans. The extraordinary cinematography of prairie remnants, original score and archival images are all delicately interwoven to create a powerful and moving viewing experience about the natural and cultural history of America. The above clip will give you a good taste and you can purchase the film here.