The Power Of Place – Kickstarter Campaign

April 18th, 2013 by Clay Cook

The Power Of Place

Cinematographer and friend, Jerry Monkman has started a film project that will compel decision makers to conserve iconic New Hampshire landscapes at risk due to an electricity transmission project.

Check out Jerry’s Kickstarter campaign below and the blog that follows. Become a backer and support this inspiring project.

For two years, I have been spending a portion of my working time making photographs and videos about Northern Pass, a proposed electricity transmission line for New Hampshire that has turned into quite the controversy. The power lines will irreparably change the character of the farmlands and untrammeled forests of northern Coos County as well as significantly increase the feeling of industrialization for another 140 miles to the south through the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire Lakes Region and into the still relatively rural hamlets in the south-central part of the state.

A few months ago, the seed was planted in my head to produce a 30 minute documentary that will explore the visual impact of Northern Pass on the New Hampshire landscape and how this would negatively impact the connection to New Hampshire’s wild places that are strongly felt by both residents and millions of visitors from afar. Last month, I thought of the title “The Power of Place” as both a play on words and to highlight the hold that a place can have on the heart and soul of people who love the outdoors. I was debating the strength of this title with Marcy and friends when Yankee Magazine released their March/April issue with the headline, “The Power of Place,” and a series of articles that explore people’s connections to the land. When I read the article, “The Northern Pass | ‘My Roots Are Deeper than Your Pockets’ (which features two people I’ve interviewed for my own videos about Northern Pass,) the title of the film was sealed.

I expect that to complete this film I will need to spend the majority of my time between now and Thanksgiving, filming and editing. You can see a more detailed description of the project here:




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