THE INHERITANCE / ITHACA’S BRAND OF SUSTAINABILITY (105 NR)

THE INHERITANCE / ITHACA’S BRAND OF SUSTAINABILITY

SUMMARY

ONE DAY ONLY – SUNDAY, APRIL 24 at 5 PM
A Presentation of the Ithaca Kids Film Project

THE INHERITANCE started production in the Spring of 2020, just as we were all getting used to the Coronavirus entangling our lives. The story, however, takes the pandemic many years ahead, when kids of a small ecovillage are the only survivors, because all the adults have been wiped out. The kids have learned to get along with the contagion yet safeguard against its past ravages. They take on the mantles of responsibility that were always shouldered by the adults, but still keep the faith of youthful hearts.

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Tom Stern


SCREENING AS A DOUBLE FEATURE W/ ITHACA’S BRAND OF SUSTAINABILITY

A hundred year old home reflects on her destruction in the name of sustainability.

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Tom Stern


REVIEW

THE INHERITANCE

Throughout the pandemic we typically heard how diminished kids’ lives have become.    Typically, in Ithaca, opportunities abound for youth. During the pandemic those opportunities withered, yet it was in this environment the Ithaca Kids Film Project was born.

Film making is a process where kids can work with pandemic restrictions yet be unbound by the creativity of the craft. Our film, THE INHERITANCE, started production in the Spring of 2020, just as we were all getting used to the Coronavirus entangling our lives. The story, however, takes the pandemic many years ahead, when kids of a small ecovillage are the only survivors, because all the adults have been wiped out. The kids have learned to get along with the contagion yet safeguard against its past ravages. They take on the mantles of responsibility that were always shouldered by the adults, but still keep the faith of youthful hearts.

The three main characters in THE INHERITANCE are portrayed by local kids who spent the last two years honing their performances. It is not a coincidence that the three actors who started the film all lived in the same local ecovillage together. I happen to live there at the same time and was impressed with their intelligence, sense of community, and unique personalities- all qualities that make up a film director’s dream team. It was not only the actors, however, who dedicated their time to the Project. Local kids took control of the many aspects of film making – story development, sound recording camera work, directing, and promotion. Often crew and actors interchanged roles with the average age of the artisans being twelve years old.

The Ithaca Kids Film project can be viewed as a matter of community pride. Hearing about local kids making good is not as prevalent as it once was. When it happens, it’s a tender mercy not to turn our backs on.

For the Ithaca Kids Film Project, Tom Stern

Producer/Director


ITHACA’S BRAND OF SUSTAINABILITY

If you come to this film expecting a documentary on the pros and cons of local development, prepare to be disappointed. In truth, it is more a commentary on how sustainability, once the province of activists, has evolved (or degraded) to fit conventional economic planning.

As a long time resident of Ithaca, I have felt, like others, qualms about the boom in development over the last few years. Numerous developers, with the blessing of local civic leaders, have had the upper hand in reshaping the look of downtown and other Ithaca neighborhoods. The mantra of economic growth and housing, wrapped in a blanket of sustainable development, has been the Ithaca “brand” that echoes throughout our valley.

The voice for this film is a hundred year old residence on the West Hill and the Unique Natural Area in which it resides. Along with two of its neighbors, the house is destroyed to make room for a sustainable apartment building which is squeezed into a residential block on Elm Street. While lamenting it’s own demise and the further erosion of the Natural Area, the home reflects on the impact of development on three Ithaca neighborhoods.

I thank the many members of the Ithaca community who contributed to the making of Ithaca’s Brand of Sustainability, but particularly the Pegasys Media Center who provides the means for local film making and video to have a place in Ithaca.

Tom Stern Producer/Director