HCC adjunct instructor co-produces conservation film


(Release: November 10, 2010) - Audra Haddock Martenot, an adjunct faculty member at Hagerstown Community College, has teamed up with Rob Owens, an independent filmmaker and the president and owner of Eagle Rock Productions, to co-produce the independent film, “One With Life.”

“One With Life,” provides an intimate look at a growing, worldwide movement that emphasizes the need for people to connect with nature, with a special emphasis on the importance of engaging and encouraging children to explore the great outdoors.

“Today, the health of children is a great issue and the idea is to encourage them to get back to nature, to get away from the television and go play outside,” says Martenot. “In their hearts, everybody knows that humans and nature are connected but people get busy and they forget. This film is another step to try to make people aware of the importance of nature: We can’t exist without it and it can’t exist without us. It's a way to try to bridge the gaps between nature and ourselves."

According to Martenot, the film details some of the significant efforts that have
taken place since the first Dialogue on Children and Nature was held at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in 2006 and follows the movement up through June 10, 2010. Additional footage will be added in the coming months and the final version of the film is expected to be released in spring 2011 through the Friends of the NCTC and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

In November 2010, a short, 10-minute version of the film debuted at the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The American Conservation Film Festival is held every year to promote film and art that educates and inspires people to become engaged in conservation.

“It feels good to be involved in this project – to be involved in something that’s bigger than you,” says Martenot. “It’s a beautiful thing knowing that whatever is done, it’s going to sustain, it’s going to last, and it’s not going to stop.”

Martenot has been teaching at HCC since 1997 and teaches classes in both the art and graphic design disciplines including photography, Adobe Photoshop, and digital video. She has a BA and a MS in communications from Shippensburg University.

For more information about the American Conservation Film Festival, go to www.conservationfilm.org. For more information about the Friends of NCTC, go to www.friendsofnctc.org.