On March 25, 2015 The Ballad of Holland Island House screened in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capitol as the winner of Greenpeace's Postcards from Climate Change contest.
This also represents the film's online debut. It will be streaming on Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook on March 26 - spread the word!
"Greenpeace USA is excited to announce the winners from the first Postcards from Climate Change Student Film Contest. Our goal was to reward and showcase the best short films on local climate change stories from student filmmakers across the United States. We received over 500 entries and are proud to recognize these top films, chosen by our esteemed judges."
Ballad of Holland Island House by Lynn Tomlinson- 1st Place Winner
Here are the judges' comments:
"The one that rises to the top for us is the Ballad of the Holland Island House. -- A totally mesmerizing, thoughtful and immersive piece that relies on emotion to make clear the consequence of inaction. Can watch it over and over again!"
-Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (Trouble the Water)
The originality of Tomlinson's voice, vision and POV is captivating from the first to last frame. The integrity of her art-animation, tone, pacing, score and soulful resonance of the storyteller's voice made the environmental messaging of the story resonate with this viewer, while also impressing as a stand alone piece of art. I wish we saw more of this artful approach to environmental topics.
-Chico Colvard (Family Affair)
This short film is beautiful and a masterful work of art – and not just the art of film, but the original music and the painting and motion graphics. From a content perspective with regard to climate change, I thought it was actually very effective to not hit the audience over the head with the climate change reference – it was a sad, emotional story about life changing as the seas rise, and I can see it being effective as an emotional appeal even for those who are not necessarily thinking about climate change
-Caty Borum Chattoo (American University Center for Media & Social Impact)
The Ballad of Holland Island House is screening and winning awards at a number of festivals and events. Updates are regularly posted on the film's Facebook page.