Documentary Film Explores the Complexity of the Northern Pass Project

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New Hampshire adventure photographer and filmmaker Jerry Monkman is nearing completion of fundraising for his new film The Power of Place. The film explores the controversial electricity transmission project known as Northern Pass and the potentially negative impacts it will have on the New Hampshire landscape and culture.

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The wild and undisturbed character of the land has the power to fuel inspiration, imagination, and an interconnectedness with nature.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire photographer/filmmaker Jerry Monkman is nearing the completion of a fundraising campaign to produce The Power of Place, a film project aimed to compel decision makers to conserve iconic New Hampshire landscapes that are at risk due to the electricity transmission project known as Northern Pass. The project could leave a scar across the pristine landscape and lifestyle of rural northern NH.

"The Power of Place is a documentary film that explores the negative impacts of Northern Pass," stated Monkman. "It will combine classically beautiful landscape cinematography with interviews of those intimately connected to the land to show how the wild and undisturbed character of the land has the power to fuel inspiration, imagination, and an interconnectedness with nature." The 30 minute film will pose the question 'Do we want to trade this landscape for electricity that most likely won't even be needed in New Hampshire?'

During the last two years, Monkman has produced a series of short videos on the subject for The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to aid in the organization's efforts to thwart Northern Pass. With The Power of Place, Monkman plans to depict the landscape scale impact of Northern Pass and how it will negatively impact the New Hampshire experience for residents and visitors alike.

Thus far, more than 200 people have pledged a total of $22k to the fundraising effort, which ends on Thursday, May 16th. "Our goal is $35k to make the film," stated Monkman. "We need one final push to get the project funded." Production for the film begins in New Hampshire on May 20th. More information about the project and Kickstarter campaign can be found at: http://ecophotography.com/power/ and http://tinyurl.com/northern-pass

About the filmmaker: Jerry Monkman is a conservation, travel, and adventure photographer and filmmaker based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Known for his conservation work in New England's wild places, he has spent the last twenty years artfully documenting the mountains, forests, and coastlines that define the region. Since 2000, he has created photography for more than 120 land conservation projects in New England. With his wife, Marcy, he has co-authored nine books, and his most recent book, The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography, won a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award.

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