Award-winning Documentary Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 To Screen at
The Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario
Women-Produced and Women-Directed Film Features Citizen Heroine
Pepperell, Massachusetts and Toronto, Ontario–June 18, 2012–Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, a film by Susan Edwards and Dorie Clark, will be screening at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, on June 21, 2012 at 1:30pm. The film tells the inspiring story of how Marion Stoddart, a self-described ordinary woman, was able to accomplish the extraordinary in mobilizing environmental remediation of the Nashua River—once one of the 10 most-polluted rivers in America—which flows through north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
Stoddart, who has been honored by the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Global 500 Award and National Geographic for her work as a pioneer of environmental activism, is a citizen leader who has spent most of her life in grassroots organizing and coalition building. Beginning in the early 1960s, she drove the massive citizen effort to clean up the Nashua River, providing a model for effective leadership and advocacy that we can use to drive positive change in the world today.
“We are thrilled that Marion’s story has been able to touch thousands of people across the globe, and we are honored to bring the film to Canada, via this highly-respected film festival,” said Susan Edwards, the filmmaker. “The Work of 1000 is a compelling look at how one person can truly make a difference in the world, and about the personal and political challenges of being a wife, mother and pioneer environmentalist in the 1960s and 1970s,” said Edwards.
The Work of 1000 is Edwards’ first foray into documentary film-making, and it has garnered significant praise at film festivals across North America. “I came to know Marion by working with her on a local grassroots political campaign, and I realized that someone should tell the story about this ordinary woman’s extraordinary accomplishments,” said Edwards. “I knew that if her story were more widely known it would empower and motivate others to make a difference in the world. At first I hesitated to start the project because I was not a trained filmmaker, but Marion’s example showed me that when we have vision and commitment, we can accomplish amazing things. This film is my passion project, inspired by Marion.”
For more information on the event or to buy tickets, visit the Female Eye Film Festival web site.
Recognition for Stoddart and the Film
In recognition of her work, Marion Stoddart has received many awards including the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Global 500 Award (1987). She was profiled in National Geographic (1995) and in an award-winning children’s book, A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry; she was a National Women’s History Project Honoree as “One of the Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet” (2009); and has just published an essay in Written In Water by the National Geographic Society (2010).
The documentary film has garnered praise around the world, including Best Short Film at the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival in New Zealand; Best Documentary Short at the Rivers’ Edge Festival in Paducah, KY; AT&T Award for Environmental Conservation and Stewardship; Projecting Change Award in Vancouver Canada; Speak Out Award at the 44th Annual Humbolt Film Festival, Arcata, CA; Best Call to Action Film at the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Venice, CA.
The film has also been named an Official Selection in the following film festivals: 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA; Berkshire International Film Festival; Brattleboro International Women’s Film Festival; Citizen Jane Festival; Cine Montana; Bend Film Fest; Los Angeles International Film Festival; Voices From the Waters International Film Festival, Bangalore, India; POW Fest, Portland, OR; Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, CA; and the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona, AZ.
The film is also an Official Selection of the 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival: On Tour and has screened at: Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Louisville KY; Sierra Nevada Alliance, South Lake Tahoe; Upper Chattahochee Riverkeeper, Atlanta GA; River Alliance of WI, Madison, WI; Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch; "e" inc., BostonMA; The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, Portsmouth NH; Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) Asheville, NC; Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus, OH; Nisqually River Foundation, Olympia, WA; Sierra Fund Conference, Nevada City CA.
About the Female Eye Film Festival
The Female Eye Film Festival established in 2001, is Ontario’s one and only annual international independent film Festival showcasing films directed by women. We present high caliber films in drama, comedy, sci-fi, action, documentary, experimental and animation. The Female Eye is a juried competitive film festival and presents films by debut, emerging and internationally recognized directors. For more information see h http://www.femaleeyefilmfestival.com/about-us/.
About the Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program
Marion Stoddart’s campaign to clean up the Nashua River shows us that determined individuals can make real and lasting change. The Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program shares her compelling story, passion, and process–via film and discussion—to empower others to act. Marion made a difference. So can you. To learn more about the film and how you can screen it in your community, visit http://www.workof1000.org