A Todd Tale

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Article Published: Apr. 12, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 14, 2012
A Todd Tale

Videographer Suzanne Clouzeau and Jim Lewis, historian, writer and narrator, prepare to shoot on location in Todd.
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Elkland Art Center will premiere its documentary film, “The Land Sustains Us, A Todd Story,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Todd Mercantile and at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ashe County Arts Council.

The film is intended to serve as an exploration and community conversation about how the changing landscape — development, infrastructure improvements, loss of environment — affects the sense of community in the village of Todd, N.C.

The filmmaking has involved interviewing a cross section of people from the community, including long- 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 will follow the screening.

Funding 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 nonprofit organization focused on art, environmental awareness and protection, education, community building and sustainability. Historically, the most prominent of its activities has been its parades, workshops and educational puppet shows for an intergenerational audience.

According to the center, “Our recent expansion into documentary filmmaking has been important to building understanding of the complex issues of sustainability.”

For more information on Elkland Arts Center, visit http://www.elklandartcenter.org.

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