"Expedition Nature's Realm," a documentary by an Eastern Illinois University faculty-and-student team, will be celebrated with a special screening and reception on Sunday, Sept. 21.
The event is set for 2-4 p.m. in Buzzard Auditorium in Buzzard Hall, between Seventh and Ninth streets on the EIU campus. Refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 18, by calling 1-877-PBS-WEIU (1-877-727-9348).
"Expedition Nature's Realm," an eight-part series that previously aired on WEIU-TV, was directed and produced by Cameron Douglas Craig, an EIU geology/geography instructor/climatologist; and Kevin H. Jeanes, an EIU student from Naperville.
At the screening, Craig and Jeanes are to speak about the film's exploration of the co-existence between humanity and nature, highlighting important issues that concern the future sustainability of our natural environment.
The screening is to include compelling clips of Yellowstone National Park and music composed by the co-directors.
Craig and Jeanes, along with some of the experts interviewed for the film, will be available for a question-and-answer session with the audience.
"Expedition Nature's Realm" is the second of four films Craig and Jeanes have created together. The first, “An Illinois Winter,” about the harsh winter of 1830-31, was produced with help from other EIU students. It was aired on WEIU and went on to receive wider PBS exposure; it was also viewed by many online.
Craig and Jeanes' third documentary, “Stinging Dust & Forgotten Lives,” is about the Dust Bowl. The educational version aired on WEIU last fall; the full version should be available on DVD in November.
For their most recent documentary, "The Evolution of the Plow: Agriculture in America," they served as producers. The film, which was directed by student Cameron Hopman, is to air on WEIU in October.
For more information about Craig and Jeanes' work, please visit www.tempestasproductions.com.