Big Sur Landslide
BIG SUR LANDSLIDE is a journey into the hearts and minds of the evacuees of the largest coastal landslide recorded in California’s history. The unprecedented massive earth movement at Mud Creek dumped six million tons of rock and debris on May 20, 2017, covering a quarter-mile section of Highway 1 in Big Sur, California that would not reopen for over a year. Filmed over the course of two years with unique access from those living in the active landslide zone, this timely documentary reveals a deeply personal investigation of a global issue — the social and environmental impact of natural disasters.
BIG SUR LANDSLIDE is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are payable to the IDA and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
BIG SUR LANDSLIDE is Dana Richardson & Sarah Zentz’s first autobiographical film. As residents of Big Sur living in the active landslide zone, they share their unique access inside Highway 1 road closures, giving the audience an engaging, behind-the-scenes look into the largest coastal landslide in California’s history. Among the film’s subjects are Dana & Sarah, two women filmmakers who began filming this documentary in 2017 as they were under mandatory evacuation and were forced to flee their house and relocate during the mass earth movement.
Filmed over several years in Big Sur — a 60 mile stretch of rugged coastline along the Central Coast of California — BIG SUR LANDSLIDE unfolds as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from aerial footage of the devastation to extremely personal moments, ultimately revealing the powerful bond that thrives between the subjects amid the natural disaster. As the filmmakers evacuate by foot, traversing massive cracks on steep mountainsides, dodging fallen boulders, and passing over roadways slowly collapsing into the Pacific Ocean, the rugged Big Sur landscape serves as a complementary backdrop to the evacuee’s emotions, fears, and dreams. Big Sur Landslide ultimately shares a redemptive journey of moving forward into new horizons.
Documentary Film as Philanthropic Strategy
Dana & Sarah Films mission statement is “to inspire social change and environmental activism by empowering people with creative solutions through documentary films.” All of Dana & Sarah Films projects act as a catalyst for change. The goal is to raise awareness about environmental issues, educate the public, and incite activism. Through journalistic reporting, artistic expression and emotional resonance BIG SUR LANDSLIDE will create a deeper understanding of the world while building a sense of shared humanity.
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