Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change. Between Earth and Sky examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil. The island of Shishmaref has been home to the Inupiaq people for thousands of years. As sea ice retreats and coastal storms increase the people of Shishmaref are faced with a disappearing island and a 200 million dollar price tag to move their people with an untold cost on their culture and history.

Permafrost(permanently frozen ground) in Alaska sequesters 40% of the earth’s carbon, Alaska has experienced the largest regional warming of any state in the U.S. increasing 3.4 degrees F since 1949. This warming has created a feedback loop of carbon to the atmosphere and the thawing of permafrost.

Mixing interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils, with the day to day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming, Between Earth and Sky shows the calamity of climate change that has started in Alaska but will soon engulf the globe.

By the end of the century we’re looking at fully 20 percent of the carbon on the planet going from the terrestrial system into the atmosphere.

Mark Clark

Soil Scientist, NRCS

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DR. DAVID C. WEINDORF

DR. DAVID C. WEINDORF

Executive Producer

Dr. David C. Weindorf currently serves as Associate Dean for Research for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. Dr. Weindorf is 20+ year member the Soil Science Society of America, serving as chair of the Pedology section (S-5) and a licensed Texas Professional Geoscientist.

PAUL ALLEN HUNTON

PAUL ALLEN HUNTON

Director

Paul has received 2 EMMY awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Lonestar Region for his nonfiction directing. He is the General Manager for KTTZ-TV, Texas Tech Public Media.

JONATHAN SEABORN

JONATHAN SEABORN

Co-Director

Jonathan is the Production Director for KTTZ-TV, Texas Tech Public Media and director of the PBS Digital Series’ 24 Frames and Global Weirding featuring climate scientist, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Jon has received an EMMY award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Lonestar Region.

SCOTT & AMY FARIS

SCOTT & AMY FARIS

Composers

Scott is a producer, guitarist, visual artist and owner of Amusement Park Recording Studio. Amy’s piano and Fender Rhodes work graces numerous CD’s and she has composed and arranged for everything from chamger orchestras and choirs to metal bands and classical guitar. Scott and Amy live in Lubbock, Texas, and have one daughter, Rachel.

AUSTIN WIDEMAN

AUSTIN WIDEMAN

1st Unit Director of Photography

Austin, a NYC based videographer, has been providing video services since 2011. Austin has earned a Bronze Telly and Silver Davey award for a video piece called “Under the Surface” and the “Audience Choice” award at Flatland Film Festival for his submission, “Ben, I Like You.”

DUSTY DEEN

DUSTY DEEN

3rd Unit Director of Photography/Animation

Dusty Dean is an award winning film maker and EMMY Nominated producer. He is the owner and operator of Red Roadrunner Film/Video Productions in Rosewell, New Mexico

WESTON DAVIS

WESTON DAVIS

Production Assistant/Camera Operator

Weston is a student in the College of Media and Communications at Texas Tech University. He is currently working on his first feature film, “Sam (On Everything)”. He and his wife Sarah live in Lubbock, Texas.

DANIEL BALLARD

DANIEL BALLARD

Colorist

Daniel is a producer for KTTZ-TV, Texas Tech Public Media. Daniel has received 2 EMMY awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Lonestar Region.

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