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Seattle International Film Festival presents: Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Seattle International Film Festival presents: Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceTeens, Adults
LanguageEnglish
SummarySeattle International Film Festival presents: Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone. Post-film panel discussion with the director and researchers for the film, followed by reception.
DescriptionAmong the successes of Seattle’s Thornton Creek Project, a neighborhood flood-control initiative, is the return of Chinook salmon to breed there, and this doc could offer a template for other communities’ climate-change efforts.

Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone is a story told over the course of four years. What began as the Thorton Creek Project—a neighborhood flood-control initiative—grew into something with a much greater effect. Because of the City of Seattle's involvement and community partnerships, these neighborhoods not only no longer flood annually, but the removal of pollutants in the water through natural processes has made the water healthier for wildlife. When a pair of Chinook salmon spawned in the creek, mere feet from their human neighbors, the success of Thornton Creek Project was fully realized. This pilot project has demonstrated a fresh new approach to Urban Land Use Planning, Stormwater Management, Water Quality Treatment, and Stream and Wildlife Habitat Restoration—all of which have implications for coping with the increasing effects of climate change—and continues to reveal its invaluable lessons. One thing is clear: Making an effort toward holistic approaches to heal our planet is key if we are going to overcome the environmental challenges faced by communities everywhere.



Director Biography

A resident of the Pacific Northwest, Shelly Solomon is a restoration biologist, an environmental filmmaker, and the founder of Leaping Frog Films, which is dedicated to positive environmental action. Solomon's films have received front-page coverage and been featured on NPR. Made in collaboration with her husband Kent Cornwell, Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone (2019) is Solomon's second feature documentary, following Ebb and Flow (2016).



Sponsored by 4Culture, City of Shoreline, Encore Media Group, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Shoreline Community College, Washington State Arts Commission, WatchGuard Technologies, Inc., Seattle Public Utilities

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Reserve your seat HERE. Walk-ins are also welcome based on space availability.
RatingUnrated
Run time70 minutes
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Space is limited at library events. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms
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Contact Phone206-386-4636
Contact Info*Central Library
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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