Lead poisoning in raptors has been shown to be a serious threat amongst vultures, eagles, and many other birds. The heavy use of lead ammunition during hunting seasons has shown a positive correlation with the number of birds being affected by lead poisoning. This short film examines the cause, treatments, and solutions to this issue. The film also highlights a few groups that work to rehabilitate and release injured wildlife in North Carolina.

This film was shot for the 2015 North American Nature Photography Association 2015 Summit. Myself and 11 other photographers accepted into the college scholarship program through NANPA shot and edited this film over the course of 4 and a half days. We were all strangers at the beginning of this project and formed strong relationships by the time it was over. If you’re a college student (undergrad, masters, PhD) interested in a career in wildlife photography, feel free to contact me for information on the NANPA scholarship program.

Behind two warehouses next to the train tracks in the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina is a skatepark very few people know exist. The community of skateboarders have put their skills and funds together to collectively build a home for themselves. The city of Asheville has outlawed skateboarding within city limits, even for transportation. The foundation shows the strength of a community to work for their passion when someone else tells them no. This short film was used in a kickstarter campaign to raise money for the park