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The Elkland Art Center Presents Screening of ‘The Land Sustains Us, A Todd Story,’ on Aug. 27 in Todd

Aug. 19, 2013. Elkland Art Center will screen its documentary film, “The Land Sustains Us, A Todd Story,” at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 27 at the Todd Mercantile. The film is intended to serve as an exploration and community conversation about how the changing landscape (development, infrastructure improvements, loss of environment, etc.) affects the sense of community in the village of Todd.

imgresThe three year long filmmaking process has involved interviewing a cross-section of people from the community including long-term and short-term residents, developers, government officials and scholars, to obtain their insight into how land use has affected or changed their attitudes in the community.

A discussion with the documentary team (Martha Enzmann, director; Jim Lewis, narrator/historian; and Suzanne Clouzeau, videographer) will follow the screening.

Funding and guidance for the film has been provided in part by the North Carolina Humanities Council, a subsidiary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Resourceful Communities Program of the Conservation Fund.

Elkland Art Center is a 501C3 organization focused on community building through the making of art. Historically, the most prominent of our activities have been our parades, workshops and educational puppet shows for an intergenerational audience. Our recent expansion into documentary filmmaking has been important to building an understanding of the complex issues of sustainability.

Our program areas include 1) community parades either delivered by Elkland or we’ll mentor a community to develop their own 2) puppet shows for schools, festivals and libraries 3) workshops focused on building community while making art and 4) producing documentary videos on matters of importance to the community. We serve communities in the High Country of Western North Carolina, throughout the state of North Carolina and the Southeastern United States.