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BLOOM to air on PBS

Thanks to everyone who could make the Vermont premiere of BLOOM.  Over 400 people attended last night (requiring two seatings!), with a lively discussion following the screening.  If you weren’t able to attend, you can tune into Mountain Lake PBS on Thursday, December 2nd, at 10:00 pm for the broadcast premiere.  The evening begins with an 8:00 pm round table discussion with BLOOM’s producer and executive producer, Vic Guadagno and Jon Erickson, and Thom Hallock, host of the weekly Mountain Lake Journal.

If your community is interested in hosting a screening and discussion of BLOOM, please be in touch with Jon Erickson at jon.erickson@uvm.edu or 802-656-2906. DVDs are also available.

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Lake Champlain movie to debut
by Candace Page
Burlington Press Press
Monday, November 29, 2010

“Bloom” does not mince words.

In its opening moments, the 30-minute movie introduces Jim Tierney, assistant commissioner for water resources of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. He talks of algae blooms that threaten public use and enjoyment of Lake Champlain.

“That chunky pea soup you see — that’s outrageous. It shouldn’t exist,” he says. “It’s an indicator of gross failure.”

Vermonters featured in the movie describe manure running directly from barnyards into brooks that feed the lake, dogs dying from ingesting blue-green algae in the lake, and a park in St. Albans Bay that the public almost has abandoned because water quality is so poor.

“Bloom” debuts tonight, on the eve of the signing of a new Lake Champlain clean-up plan by Vermont and New York officials.

“Bloom” — a work of advocacy — argues the states’ current strategies simply are insufficient to protect Lake Champlain and end the algae blooms that plague some bays.

The movie is the brainchild of Jon D. Erickson, a University of Vermont professor and director of the school’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics; Crea Lintilhac of the Lintilhac Foundation; and filmmaker Vic Guadagno.

It is narrated by film actor Chris Cooper, known for his work in such movies as “Adaptation,” “American Beauty” and “Lone Star.”

“This is another attempt to have a conversation about serious solutions” to the lake’s problems, Erickson said last week. The movie was produced by his nonprofit film company, Bright Blue Media.

Among the arguments made by those in the film: Conventional dairy farming as it is practiced in Vermont is both unable to compete in a global marketplace and incompatible with a clean lake.

Advocates interviewed in the film also argue Vermont has failed to take the necessary steps — including tougher regulation of farms, sewage-treatment plants and urban runoff — to control pollution.

“Maybe the maximum that is politically feasible is not the minimum that is ecologically and economically necessary,” Erickson said.

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Environmental reporter Candace Page of the Burlington Free Press discusses BLOOM on Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio’s weekday news and interview show.  To listen, go to:

http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/89383/

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BLOOM Executive Producer Jon Erickson discusses the film and the upcoming premiere with WCAX Local Vermont News.  Check out the Nov. 23rd interview with Kristin Carlson at WCAX.com, and please plan to join Bright Blue EcoMedia, Mountain Lake PBS, and the Lintilhac Foundation for the premiere of BLOOM on Monday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Palace 9 Cinemas in South Burlington.

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