Join Burlington filmmaker Camilla Rockwell on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls for a showing of the trailer for "Mother Nature's Child." Rockwell has created two previous documentaries: "Stone Rising" about the masterful stone waller Dan Snow; and "Holding Our Own: Embracing the End of Life," which features the Hallowell Singers and the art of Deidre Scherer. She also worked for many years for Ken Burns, and was the producer of his documentary "Thomas Jefferson."
About her new film Rockwell says "The tide has moved quickly to keep children engaged indoors instead of outside playing and making discoveries in the natural world. There are many various reasons for this -- including cultural and technological -- that didn't exist when I was growing up. The change has been so rapid that we are just beginning to see the symptoms of 'nature deficiency'."
Rockwell spent a year on research and pre-production, then teamed with co-producer Wendy Conquest of Hanover, NH to begin formal production.
"We are investigating the many ways humans and nature have co-evolved and how our nervous systems, psyches and imagination are intrinsically tuned to learning through contact with the natural world," Rockwell says.
Footage includes unique scenarios: a group of inner city students learning to fly fish, a sixth grade teacher who incorporates power spots and fort-building into his curriculum; a grandfather taking his 10 year old grand-daughter on her first deer hunt, a six-month ski/canoe semester with a group of teens new to the wilderness.