Alison Gannett, A MoveShake Story
Alison Gannett is a renowned professional skier who understands the connection between the environment and outdoor pursuits. Heading up three nonprofits, including Save Our Snow, she also runs a 75-acre farm in Paonia, Colorado, She is unnerved, however, because the land she nurtures is threatened by natural gas interests. This profile of Gannett is one in a series called “MoveShake” by filmmaker Alexandra Bombach, and it will also be a part of the Dear Governor Hickenlooper project being launched at Mountainfilm this year. What you see in this short film is a woman who sustains passion and optimism, even as her immediate surroundings face potential destruction.
Dear Governor Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering lifting a moratorium against fracking in the state of New York. As he ponders this decision, he faces tremendous pressure on both sides. Organized by a collaboration of New York creatives — some of whom are familiar to Mountainfilm audiences: directors Jon Bowermaster (Oceans 8 2006) and Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side and Gonzo 2008, Magic Trip 2011), along with biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber (subject of Living Downstream 2012) — this concert protest film is an effort to persuade Cuomo to permanently ban the fracking of natural gas. The setting for much of it is at his statehouse steps, where actors and activists, scientists and singers — including Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope and Natalie Merchant — convene to persuade the Governor that fracking is bad for New York. This film inspired a related film project about Colorado called Dear Governor Hickenlooper, which will launch at Mountainfilm this year.