NPS Film Gets Some Star Power
Although we try to focus on our National Parks here in the Pacific Islands, we are part of a much bigger national story that includes our special places across the country…so we thought we’d share some news about other parts of our National Park system!
National Park Service filmmaker John Grabowska’s new documentary, Sky Island, is getting a little help from the stars. Both Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and Pulitzer Prize recipient N. Scott Momaday were narrators for the half-hour film about Bandelier National Monument and the Jemez Mountains, scheduled for nationwide PBS broadcast in 2011.
For both, it is the second time working with Grabowska. Streep previously narrated Ribbon of Sand and Momaday co-wrote Remembered Earth: New Mexico’s High Desert. Both cited their commitment to the environment as the inspiration for their involvement. “I have long maintained that in order to maintain our humanity, we must develop a relationship with the land that is moral and ethical, and National Parks are part of that effort,” Momaday, who grew up in the Jemez Mountains, said of his role.
An award-winning producer, some of Grabowska’s previous film credits also include Crown of the Continent and Yellowstone: Land to Life. “Both performances are all that I had hoped for and I think their complementary voices, soft and profound, work wonderfully in the film,” says Grabowska of Streep and Momaday’s participation in his latest work.
The above appeared in this month’s edition of the National Park Service’s “Heritage News”.