On Friday, Feb. 1, the Finger Lakes Institute will host a film showing and discussion of "Brunswick" at 6:30 p.m. in Albright Auditorium. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with filmmaker Nate Simms and Assistant Professor of Women's Studies Jessica Hayes-Conroy.
This event is free and open to the public.
"Brunswick" is a film about landscape change, told through the personal story of a farmer’s lifelong connection to his now-threatened land. The film weaves together the plight of Sanford Bonesteel, an aging farmer in his 90s, with the dynamics of small-town politics as a residential development is planned on Sanford’s former land. The film takes place in Brunswick, New York, a small country town facing the challenge of balancing economic growth with the preservation of its rural character. It is a story both specific to Brunswick and yet recognizable to rural communities all over the United States.
The Finger Lakes Institute will show the film Brunswick accompanied by a discussion with filmmaker Nate Simms, Finger Lakes Land Trust Director of Land Protection David Diaz, and HWS assistant professor Jessica Hayes-Conroy. After spending several years as a still photographer, Nate Simms became involved in documentary filmmaking. With film, he found a new medium for his ongoing interests in natural landscapes and land conservation. Jessica Hayes-Conroy will provide a perspective of broader issues stemming from farmland preservation, such as rural identity, food systems, and town planning.