I took the MBTA’s Blue line out to Wonderland Station to meet my friend and long time AMC supporter Scott Livingston. Scott drove us up to Concord NH last week to attend the premier of Jerry Monkman’s new documentary called The Power of Place.
The Lincoln Cinema on Main Street in Concord was a buzz with excitement to see Jerry’s new film. There were people who made a long drive like Scott and me and others who made the drive from nearby. In the mix of movie goers were the stars of the show. Folks who had been interviewed for the movie and gave poignant accounts on Northern Pass’ negative impact on NH.
One of the most striking elements of the movie is the breathtaking beauty of New Hampshire. Jerry and his team did an outstanding job – over nearly 2 years of work – capturing New Hampshire’s streams, hillsides, pastures and mountain tops. There were spots where Jerry and crew set up a camera for days to get a sense of the beauty of a hiking trail – from the wind swept grasses blowing in the morning to an amazing blanket of tiny dots in a star lighted sky.
The interviews included many home owners and business owners who would be impacted by the proposed Northern Pass transmission lines. There was a young family whose home would only be yards away from the proposed lines. A small business owner in Coos County and a home owner both told of their personal fight against the project and how they would never sell their property to the proponent of this project.
With view impact from nearly 93,000 pristine acres, the Northern Pass project would have devastating effects on NH’s beauty and the NH outdoor economy. The growing outdoor economy in NH – from down hill skiing at Loon and Cannon Mountain to the hundreds of thousands of hikers in the White Mountains National Forest; from cross country skiing at Great Glenn or at the Mount Washington Hotel to sailing and paddling in Lake Winnipesaukee – the outdoor economy is one of NH’s most important economic engines and a source of livelihoods for thousands of NH residents.
The Power of Place brings together the iconic views of New Hampshire, the incredible strength and commitment of NH citizens and reminds us of the sense of urgency in this fight against the Northern Pass project. As the citizens of New Hampshire and New England fought to establish the White Mountain National Forest through the Weeks Act of 1911, it is now our time to protect this great land for generations to come. For more on Jerry Monkman’s movie, please visit http://ecophotography.com/power/