NMSUCCESS will host a film screening, climate change discussion and visual storytelling


By Luis Rios NMSU Press Team

A powerful photo or film can move hearts and minds, and award-winning photographer and filmmaker Michael O. Snyder is counting on that truth in the fight against climate change. Snyder hopes his talents as a filmmaker will create narratives about environmental and cultural change.

The New Mexico State University Climate Change Education Seminar Series, or NMSUCCESS, will host a Q&A session with Snyder following a screening of his documentary film, “Into the Dark.” The free screening will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 at the Fountain Theater, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, in the historic Plaza de Mesilla. Register for the event at www.eventleaf.com/e/nmsuccessapril12. Places will be limited to 100 people.

Directed by Snyder, the documentary focuses on a team of scientists venturing into the darkest reaches of the Arctic to understand how traces of light can drastically change the mysterious world of polar night. Snyder will discuss his efforts to combine his background in environmental science with his skills in visual media to drive change in the realm of public policy.

NMSUCCESS is an interdisciplinary series that brings together a range of experts like Snyder at NMSU and places in Las Cruces to discuss the causes and consequences of climate change.

Filmmaker Ilana Lapid, NMSU Associate Professor of Creative Media and NMSUCCESS Fellow, will moderate the session. She explained how she initially contacted Snyder after watching his film in the online version of the DC Environmental Film Festival, where she previously screened her own film, “Yochi.” She called her documentary “powerful and compelling” upon first viewing. She said Snyder would be an interesting speaker for NMSUCCESS because they usually bring people who focus on climate change science.

“This time, speaker series organizers are excited to extend the scope and reach to bring in a visual storyteller to talk about the power of storytelling to change behaviors, minds, and raise awareness about climate issues,” said Lapid.

A Portrait of Humanity Award winner and a Bertha Foundation Climate Journalism Fellow, Snyder’s photography is featured in outlets including National Geographic, The Washington Post, CNN and PBS News Hour. He uses his prowess in photojournalism and visual media as tools for social impact.

Snyder wrote an artist statement, on his official website, about his love for the planet and his sense of responsibility to protect it through his art.

“I studied to be an environmental scientist, but today I work as a visual storyteller because I believe in the power of storytelling to change what it means to live well on this planet without destroying it,” Snyder said.


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