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    Harpers Ferry Center

Film Fellows Cast New Light on Wilderness

a woman with video camera filming amidst open desert area with mountains in the backgroundHarpers Ferry Center and the NPS Wilderness Stewardship program have built a partnership with American University to produce short-form on-line videos. Each three- to five-minute video focuses on the landscapes and ideas of the 1964 Wilderness Act.

The film fellows are MFA candidates and the next generation of environmental filmmakers. They approach NPS stories differently—each with their own unique, artistic lens—and they often engage younger audiences more effectively.

In a letter to HFC, then Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection Steve Shackelton states "This is definitely one of the most rewarding relationships I have had the honor of experiencing here in DC. Matching the dedication, skill, and professionalism of your staff with the energy, talent, and commitment of AU students...wow! It’s magic!"

Watch the America's Wilderness Video:

View the audio-described version on YouTube
View the Spanish-language verion on YouTube

Watch the Student Film Fellows Videos:

View a playlist on YouTube that contains all of the videos

Some stills from the student films:

On a beach, a young woman with

three men and two women standing in a ravine. They are jumping up in the air with excitement.

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