‘The Land Sustains Us’

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Article Published: Aug. 22, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 28, 2013
‘The Land Sustains Us’

Martha Enzmann and Jim Lewis filmed the documentary, ‘The Land Sustains Us, A Todd Story,’ which will be screened Aug. 27 at the Todd Mercantile.

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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.

The 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 and 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 ( http://www.elklandartcenter.org) is a nonprofit organization focused on community building through the making of art. Historically, the most prominent of its activities have been parades, workshops and educational puppet shows for an intergenerational audience.

The center’s recent expansion into documentary filmmaking has been important to its task of building understanding of the complex issues of sustainability. Elkland serves communities in the High Country of Western North Carolina, throughout the state of North Carolina and the Southeastern United States. For more information on Elkland Art Center, call (336) 877-5016 or visit http://www.elklandartcenter.org.

Todd Mercantile, where the screening will take place, is located at 3899 Todd Railroad Grade Road in Todd. For directions or more information, call (336) 877-5401.

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