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America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $295


Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 60 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2006
Available in French: No

AMERICA'S LOST LANDSCAPE: THE TALLGRASS PRAIRIE tells the rich and complex story of one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history. Prior to Euro-American settlement in the 1820s, one of the major landscape features of North America was 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie. But between 1830 and 1900 -- in the span of a single lifetime -- the prairie was steadily transformed to farmland. This drastic change in the landscape brought about an enormous social change for Native Americans. In an equally short time their cultural imprint was reduced in essence to a handful of place-names appearing on maps. The extraordinary cinematography of prairie remnants, original score and archival images are all delicately interwoven to create a powerful and moving viewing experience about the natural and cultural history of America. NOTE: DVD version includes scene selection for teaching; interview outtakes (more than one hour in total length) with 15 subjects including Dayton Duncan, Wes Jackson, Laura Jackson, Richard Manning, Nina Leopold Bailey, Carl Leopold, Daryl Smith and John Miller; 8 minutes of background shooting at 18 prairie locations; and 40 production stills.

Awards: Pare Lorentz Award, International Documentary Association Awards; Katherine A. Knight Award, EarthVision International Environmental Film and Video Festival; Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Original Music, Best Film, Wild Rose Independent Film Festival; Merit Award, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula; Best of Festival List, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival