Documentarian Redfearn to Discuss Climate Work

February 15, 2010

On Monday, February 22, Hartwick College will host documentary filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn for a multimedia presentation on her most recent project, "Sun Come Up." The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre. A reception will follow. This event, part of the 2009-10 Energy Academic Theme events at Hartwick College, is free and open to the public.

The film is a character-driven documentary following the relocation of some of the world's first climate change refugees, the Carteret Islanders--an indigenous community living on a remote island chain 50 miles off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The islanders are facing a forced relocation as a result of rising sea levels attributed to climate change.

Redfearn's project has received widespread media attention, including mention in a May 2009 New York Times global edition cover story on the plight of climate change refugees. An abridged version of "Sun Come Up" was awarded the Jury Prize at the 2009 Media That Matters Festival.

The Carteret Islanders currently face three urgent problems: their population is increasing, access to food and water is decreasing, and the islands are shrinking rapidly due to rising sea levels. As their homeland disappears into the sea, they stand to lose their livelihood, their sense of community, and their cultural identity. "Sun Come Up" follows dynamic relocation leader Ursula Rakova and a group of young people from the islands as they search for a new place to call home.

Redfearn is a director, producer, and writer. She has worked on programming for PBS, the DISCOVERY Networks, and a number of independent productions. She holds a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Wellesley College and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Sponsors for this event include the Energy Academic Theme and the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. For more information, contact Pine Lake Institute Program Coordinator Dan Morse at or 607-431-4666.

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