For millions of years each spring, the Sandhill Cranes have flown through a narrow patch of Nebraska. This Great Migration occurs between Valentine’s Day and Tax Day. It’s eco-tourism's window for celebrating the spiritual beauty of nature.
But in March 2020, this yearly event was closed to the public when the devastating global pandemic hit Nebraska.
As the Cranes descended on the plains in their awe-inspiring natural display of family, community, and the circle of life, humans were forced apart, first by a virus and then by ourselves.
Seasons of COVID is the story of what happened to humans after the 2020 Great Migration of the Sandhill Cranes...
It is the story of the pandemic on the local, national, and global stages.
Seasons of COVID chronicles the chaos of the pandemic as each season brought new challenges, perils, hopes, and inflamed debates about race, politics, and public health. As humans struggled to protect ourselves, we succeeded in some areas and failed in others. We learned to social distance and a pandemic-induced vocabulary.
And debates pitting public safety vs individual freedom crystalized into a major political divide.
But what have we learned from all this?
Seasons of COVID combines film shot by award-winning filmmakers with extensive interviews with key subjects filmed over the course of the pandemic. To make this new film, producer James Le Sueur re-assembled key members of The Art of Dissent team and is again working with filmmaker Susan Pahlke, award-winning composer Tom Larson, NUtech Ventures’ Arpi Siyahian (PhD) and Brad Roth (PhD). James and Susan are co-writing the script and have been filming together since March 2020.
Our film team is also collaborating with Nebraska Medicine, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, the Crane Trust, the Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Glenn Korff School of Music.
Seasons of COVID is produced by Fox Hollow Films in association with NUtech Ventures at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
© 2021 Writer's Guild of America - James Le Sueur