A capacity crowd turned out for the premiere of Listening to Our Neighbours last night in the Community Room of the People’s Place: Antigonish Public Library. Laurie Boucher and Frank Gallant introduced the film, which was inspired by the many conversations ACR had over several months with a broad range of community members. To capture and communicate the diversity of stories we were hearing, ACR successfully raised enough money to create this short documentary.
The talented young local filmmaker, Corinne Dunphy, was able to film many of our Antigonish neighbours in their homes and on the job, talking about how climate change affects them and what they are doing to reduce its impact. Dunphy’s cinematography, which captures the beauty of the Antigonish landscape, is complemented by an outstanding original soundtrack written and performed by local songwriter Rosemary Curry, with help from some of her musical friends.
Although Dunphy was not able to attend the premiere, producers Liz Brennan and Tammy Feltmate, the rest of the ACR team, and many of the featured neighbours were on hand to talk informally with the audience afterwards. The “I will if you will” campaign was introduced as a way for small actions to have a more significant impact, as each of us challenges our friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers to take similar steps to reduce our impact on the climate.
The next step for Antigonish Climate Resilience is to use “Listening to Our Neighbours”, this website, and partnerships with the broad range of other local initiatives with similar objectives, to promote awareness and action on climate change issues in Antigonish.
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