Behold the Earth is a feature-length musical documentary that inquires into America's divorce from nature, built out of conversations with leading biologists and evangelical Christians, and directed by David Conover. Filmmakers' blog is below.
We have chosen to speak with leaders in the evangelical Christian community because many of these people of faith are seeing that the care of creation is perhaps the most urgent and necessary expression of their belief and their community life. Historically, the community has also been one of the most popular and influential forces shaping American identity. They continue to be so. From the complete number of posts on this website, we have selected the posts likely to be of most direct interest to evangelical Christians and listed them below. A collection of all posts can be found at Behold the Earth.
A few weeks ago, we completed our last music scene, working with Rhiannon Giddens in Nashville. She is a Grammy Award–winning violinist, vocalist and banjo player, and a founding member of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her recent solo debut was produced by T Bone Burnett, and is called TOMORROW IS MY TURN. We are very pleased that Rhiannon contributed a tune to our production, with the collaboration and accompaniment of BEHOLD THE EARTH’S musician and song composer Dirk Powell.
My last interview for the film was completed thursday with climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe. She authored A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions
This hymn of praise first came to my ears through a version sung by western singer Martha Scanlon. Beautiful! Here, Dirk Powell’s daughters Amelia (age 16) and Sophie (age 13) bring the song to life under a 400-year-old Live Oak tree in the deep south. Also on board for the final stretch… Director of Photography David Wright and longtime colleague and second DP/Producer/Sound man Darryl Czuchra. Fantastic!
We spent two days filming with Corina at the Nashville Zoo, whom we met through the group Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. Wow! Author Richard Louv (“Last Child in the Woods”) might think about re-titling his book to (“First Child in the Woods”). Corina told me of growing up in an inner city black neighborhood where her primary exposure to native wildlife was her close observations of the slugs (terrestrial gastropod molluscs) on the shaded brick walls of her building. She identified her first native bird, a blue jay, when she was 19 and in college. Today, she is a passionate and knowledgeable zookeeper. She is also a public educator, a musician, a creation care activist, and a member of a bible study group in Nashville. In this photo, Corina visits with a kangaroo with Quentin Dickerson, a friend and one of the pastors at her church.
A wonderful day with Ben Lowe yesterday, starting at dawn at the water’s edge. Then a conversation in which he shared observations from his work with Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. Humble, articulate, warm smile. 30 years old, and an active member of the new and rising generation of American evangelicals. Topics ranged from his love for the fish of the St. Lucie river in Florida, to his thoughts on trace chemicals in the waterway, to the impact of a changing climate on biodiversity… to his joy and work and care for creation. Ben is heading off to graduate school to continue his work to understand the fisheries of Lake Tanganyika. I hope the church nurtures young people like Ben.