FILMS IN PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

 

LOCAL OYSTERS (TBD) - IN DEVELOPMENT

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY GREY GOWDER

A feature-length documentary about the challenges facing America’s other reefs.

I’d like to tell you about a very special creature, one beloved by much of the world but often taken for granted. Though no larger than your hand, these creatures cluster into reefs often stretching for miles that serve as the nurseries for the sea, providing habitat for migratory birds, blue crab, shrimp, and small fish. Their reefs form strong natural barriers to storm waves and sea level rise while forming the foundation for vast fields of grass. They purify their waterways, with a healthy reef filtering as much as 24 million gallons of water per day. And they have formed the basis for coastal food culture and coastal economies across most of the world for centuries. They officially go by many names like Ostrea lurida, Crassostrea virginica, and Crasstrea gigas, but are more affectionately known as OYSTERS.

Like coral, oysters form large contiguous reefs along coastal shorelines, providing countless benefits to the ecosystems and to the coastal economies that surround them. They are food, habitat, erosion control, and incredible purifiers of the waters around them, with a single oyster filtering fifty gallons of water a day. But oysters are facing a major problem, since the 19th century, heightened levels of industrial pollution and over-harvesting have decimated oyster reefs. Roughly 85% of the world’s reefs are gone with three quarters of the remaining historical reefs here in North America. With efforts to restore and reintroduce reefs, the oysters are making a gradual come back in places where they were extinct a decade ago, but new threats of micro-plastics and micro-fibers, pollution, human activity, and sea level rise may endanger their future.

This is a story about oyster reefs, the people and ecosystems that rely on them, and the scientists, oystermen, and chefs working to protect them while building a sustainable future.

 

REGRET (2019) - IN DEVELOPMENT

SCREENPLAY BY GREY GOWDER, DIRECTED BY GREY GOWDER

A narrative short film based on a Kate Chopin short story set in the 1900s rural South.

MISS AURLIE, a mid-50s woman living alone on her rural Georgia farm, finds her life upended when her neighbor, ODILE, leaves her pack of young children at Aurlie’s doorstep. What was once a peaceful and independent solitude with her dog, PONTO, now becomes a noisy and frantic struggle to adapt to the constant individual eccentricities of her new wards.

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THE LOCALS (2019) - IN DEVELOPMENT

DIRECTED BY GREY GOWDER

A documentary short film.

On a remote island south of Savannah, Georgia lives a rare herd of feral Sicilian donkeys. This is the story of how they claimed the island as their home and why the State of Georgia are trying to remove them.

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THE FRANKLIN TREE (2019) - IN DEVELOPMENT

DIRECTED BY GREY GOWDER

A documentary short film.

In 1765, William Bartram, America’s first native born natural history artist, took specimens of a rare tree he called Franklinia alatamaha from the banks of the Altamaha River near Darien, Georgia for his garden in Philadelphia. By 1805, the Franklin Tree had vanished from the river, only surviving in the Bartrams’ garden. Over two centuries later, our world faces an extinction crisis. While most conservations groups are fighting to stave off extinction for countless species, the Franklin Tree is poised for a renaissance. Today, groups in Georgia seek to reintroduce decendents of Bartram’s specimens to its native habitat along a small stretch of Georgia’s Altamaha River, where it last lived over two centuries ago.

 
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HARMONY (2019) - in PreProduction

In the foothills of Appalachia just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, sits the small town of Harmony. For years, Harmony’s music hall was a hub for music, dancing, and culture, with locals flocking from the surrounding towns to dance and sing and play their unique flare of Appalachian string music. The Reeves family were at the heart of this, serving as the owners, MCs, artists, and sometimes musicians of the hall. They were its lifeblood and the music hall was the heart of communities for miles around. Today, the open dance hall is filled with church pews, and the rowdy concerts replaced with worship services. But the music lives on. Every weekend, locals gather in country stores and community centers to celebrate their culture and their history. This is their story. This is Harmony.