A tight-knit crabbing community in the U.S. fights to rescue their island from the sea. Despite not believing in man-made climate change, they engage in conversations with three climate activist filmmakers. Can they traverse the oceans between them?
What does it take to traverse the oceans between us?
A tight-knit crabbing community in the U.S. fights for a sea wall to save their beloved island from vanishing into the Chesapeake Bay. Despite many of them not believing in man-made climate change, they engage in conversations with three filmmakers who do. Shot over four years, Stayers sparks self-reflective journeys on opposite sides of the climate debate.
The film explores universal topics such as why we feel so attacked and provoked by people who disagree with us, especially at a time of increasing polarization. Anchored in a collective search for common ground and solutions, the film explores what it takes to listen and create meaningful conversations across the divide. Turns out, it’s harder than we think, but hearteningly possible.
JULIA DAHR, DIRECTOR (NORWAY)
Julia Dahr is a visionary, ambitious and innovative filmmaker with a passion for telling intimate and surprising stories with a strong drive about some of the most important issues of our time. She has won more than 15 international awards as a documentary director, producer and impact producer, and is a co-founder of Differ Media together with director Julie Lunde Lillesæter. Her one and only previous feature is Thank You For The Rain (2017, 87 min), which was in competition at Hot Docs, CPH:DOX and Sheffield Doc/Fest. Julia has been included on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for ‘driving and defining the world of media’, and was selected for Talent Norway and the Norwegian Film Institute’s UP program for accomplished female filmmakers.
JULIE LUNDE LILLESÆTER, CO-DIRECTOR & DP (NORWAY)
As director and cinematographer, Julie combines a strong visual eye with a commitment to social change. She has created short documentaries such as The Dry Valley (2018) and The Resilient (2019), and her films have been selected for film festivals like Atlanta Film Festival, BFI Flare and Nordisk Panorama, and screened on Al Jazeera, The Atlantic and NRK. Julie’s cinematography on the documentary feature Thank You For The Rain (2017) has landed her multiple awards, including a WIFTV award for Best Cinematography. In 2018, she was named Norwegian Video Journalist of the Year, and in 2020, she was listed on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.
NATALYA SARCH, PRODUCER (NORWAY)
As a documentary producer, Natalya thrives on developing projects that challenge us and nuance the world around us. She has worked in the US, The Netherlands and Norway on dozens of projects such as Ganz: How I Lost My Beetle (2019), In Amazon We Trust (2018), and the VR & Interactive project Another Dream (2019), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She has pitched projects at CPH:Forum, Nordic Forum, Sheffield MeetMarket, Docs in Thessaloniki and Twelve for the Future.
HANNAH JAYANTI, CO-DIRECTOR & ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY (USA)
Hannah Jayanti is a documentary filmmaker, organizer, and educator. She’s dedicated to changing the way we listen to each other through the art of nonfiction. Her work has screened at festivals and institutions including the Smithsonian, Rotterdam, Sheffield, Dok Leipzig, The New Yorker Festival, UnionDocs, Camden International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes, among others. Hannah’s work has been supported by Sundance Institute, Sundance Edit & Story Lab, Tribeca Film Institute, New York Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, The Knight Foundation, among others. Her work as an educator is focused on free and low cost media training and literacy through community media centers and public access stations.
DARCY MCKINNON (GUSTO MOVING PICTURES), CO-PRODUCER (USA)
Darcy McKinnon is a documentary filmmaker based in New Orleans. McKinnon’s recent work includes Look at Me! XXXTENTACION (dir. Sabaah Folayan, 2022) and The Neutral Ground (dir. CJ Hunt, 2021). McKinnon is currently in production on Nailah Jefferson’s Commuted, Katie Mathews’ Roleplay, and Jason Fitzroy Jeffers’ The First Plantation among others. Her prior work, A Fine Girl, Animals, Maquilapolis and Live Nude Girls, UNITE! has screened and been broadcast internationally, and has been supported by SFFILM, CAAM, Chicken and Egg, Firelight Media, ITVS, Black Public Media, Sundance Institute and the Tribeca Film Institute. Darcy is an alum of the Impact Partners Producing Fellowship, the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowship, and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2020 25 new faces in independent film.
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