Ted Grudowski

Award-Winning Video Storyteller

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The Royal Room screening, February 20th, Seattle

This week was our very first public screening here in Seattle, shown to a sold-out audience at The Royal Room. Jen Watkins from Conservation Northwest introduced the film to a rousing audience, and it was followed by a panel discussion led by former Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald and included myself, Katie Ramine from the Woodland Park Zoo, and Mark Norman and Josh Zylstra from the Washington State Department of Transportation.

It's been a great pleasure to experience the reaction of audiences at these first screenings.

courtesy of Jen Watkins

courtesy of Jen Watkins

Selected for the International Wildlife Film Festival!

On behalf of all of the team behind Cascade Crossroads, I'm so proud to announce that our film has been accepted into this year's International Wildlife Film Festival, taking place in Missoula, Montana, April 14 - 22, 2018.

This will be our first film festival of we hope will be many in the coming months.  Screening details will be posted here as they become available.

Thank you IWFF!

courtesy of the International Wildlife Film Festival

courtesy of the International Wildlife Film Festival

Cascade Crossroads: New 30 minute documentary completed!

It's with great pride that I'm announcing that Cascade Crossroads, the thirty minute documentary film commissioned by the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition has been completed.  In fact, it's already been delivered to the theater in anticipation of the private sponsor screening on January 9th, 2018. The 120+ in attendance will include sponsors, including Patagonia, Sierra Club, Conservation Northwest, Forterra and many others, as well as many of the interviewees through whom the story is told.

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From the press release:

Cascade Crossroads is a 30-minute documentary film chronicling the story unfolding over and under Interstate 90 just east of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Here at the intersection of a major east-west transportation corridor and a crucial north-south wildlife migration corridor, a monumental project combining conservation, collaboration, and innovation led to the construction of North America’s largest wildlife crossings project in conjunction with major infrastructure improvements for motorists.

The I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, and the wildlife crossings and roadway improvements within it, is a win-win for people and animals that offers a new model for major infrastructure projects bisecting wild places. Commissioned by the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, the Cascade Crossroads film aims to not only share this unique story but also inspire action in other landscapes facing similar tensions between wildlife and roadways.

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The film is produced, filmed and edited by myself along with producers Sandy Dang Asher and Kristoffer Browne, my collaborators of many years, and executive produced by Charlie Raines and Jen Watkins of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition.

Information on screenings and streaming availability will be forthcoming.

I'm very excited to share with the world what we've been working on for nearly two years!

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Fire fighters in training

Yesterday I got to shoot footage at the Washington State Fire Fighter Academy during training sessions with Bob Pennington for a great project he and Jen are doing through their company  Rhizome Designs. It was cold and wet but we got some great footage. It was rather surreal sitting by the big door of their training building where they had live fires and new recruits getting real experience fighting fires, with their masks and the view I had through my camera it was like I was filming in the trenches during World War I.

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