Wanted: Vietnamese Translator and Transcriber

Vietnamese Screen Capture

Scope:  Translate and transcribe approximately four (4) hours of video and audio content captured during a series of interviews with a family of Gulf Coast Vietnamese shrimp and oyster fishermen for the documentary film, Storm Surge.   Their lives and livelihoods were negatively affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Catastrophe in April 2010, yet they endeavor to persevere to this day.

Schedule:  2 to 4 weeks

Compensation:  Acknowledgement in the closing credits, an autographed copy of the film on DVD, and a private screening of the film once released.

About Storm Surge
Storm Surge is a production of the Moontown Foundation, an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to creating expedition-based education and leadership development opportunities in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and social impact media for youth and young adults.  Storm Surge is a multi-episode documentary film series that peers into lives of three reluctant heroes working to help their respective communities survive, rebuild, and recover in the aftermath of deadliest and most destructive disasters in American history.  Storm Surge is emotional, seductively uplifting, and rejoiceful.  For more information, visit www.stormsurgefilm.com.

Batten Down The Hatches

A new study by Kerry Emanuel, a hurricane researcher at MIT, finds that tropical cyclones are likely to become both stronger and more frequent in the years to come, especially in the western North Pacific and the North Atlantic.

Emanuel’s study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses the latest generation of global climate models to power a series of high-resolution, regional simulations of tropical cyclones around the world.

What Happened When Superstorm Sandy Hit NYC

On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy came ashore just northeast of Atlantic City, N.J., with a wind speed of approximately 80 mph. The storm had the worst possible trifecta of characteristics: an extremely large diameter, strong winds and high tide at landfall, which generated massive storm surge that inundated the coast from New Jersey to Connecticut.

Record surge levels were recorded in several areas of New York and New Jersey, with over 12 feet of surge in some locations. Subway tunnels flooded, airport runways flooded, power outages occurred all along the coast, natural gas lines were broken, and when it was all over, at least 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed from the storm. On top of the estimated 72 people in the U.S. who were killed as a direct result of the storm, many more lives were lost as a result of hypothermia, house fires, vehicle accidents and other indirect causes.

This National Geographic documentary chronicles the events leading up to and immediately after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Atlantic Seaboard.

When Nature’s Fury and the Politics of Disaster Collide

Released in December 2012, seven years after the most expensive disaster in American history, this 95-minute documentary film gives you the round-the-clock news coverage and a comprehensive look behind the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, human error, false media reports, political corruption, government bureaucracy, and a substandard physical infrastructure.

Using comprehensive analysis of events, hours of government audio tapes, and personal interviews, National Geographic takes viewers into the eye of Katrina to uncover the decisions and circumstances that determined the fate of the Gulf residents.

2012 Was An Exceptional Year For Disasters

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” – Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2012 was the second-most expensive year for natural disasters, claiming over 300 lives and costing more than $110 billion in damages.

NOAA disaster map

Long-term, independent records from weather stations, satellites, ocean buoys, tide gauges, and many other data sources all confirm the fact that our nation, like the rest of the world, is warming, precipitation patterns are changing, sea level is rising, and some types of extreme weather events are increasing.

What’s so scary about this, it’s going to get a heck of a lot worse, before it gets better.

The Courage to Act Before it’s Too Late

potusOn Tuesday, President Obama delivered remarks at Georgetown University, laying out his bold vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead the international effort to address global climate change.

The impacts of climate change, including severe weather, threats to public health, and our food system are affecting our economy, our communities, and our national security.  In 2012, the cost of weather related disasters exceeded $110 billion in the United States, and climate change will only increase the frequency and intensity of these events.

During his historic speech, the President asked if, “we have the courage to act before it’s to late” and suggested that, “failure to do so will betray our children and future generations.”

Since 2010, my team, working under the auspice of documentary filmmakers, have witnessed many of our Nation’s disasters up close and personal.  From the devastating and deadly effects of the BP oil catastrophe, to Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane’s Isaac and Sandy, to massive tornado storms in the Great Plains, Midwest and Deep South, to wildfires in California and Colorado, and the lingering effects of blistering heat waves and drought throughout the country.

Our film, Storm Surge affirms the tragic reality that our addiction to fossil fuels and the production of CO2 are compromising everything we value as Americans — our environment, our economy and our political system — and the resulting changes in our climate will put everything we’ve accomplished as a nation into jeopardy.

Climate driven severe weather is not just a problem for the residents of the Gulf Coast, Great Plains, Midwest, or the East Coast, but for all of us.

We are doing our part to help our fellow Americans adapt to climate change, as well as build healthier, safer, and more resilient communities through the power of narrative storytelling and social impact media.  We are heeding the President’s call to take action.

We hope you will join us.  


Stacy and the Team Storm Surge

The Gulf Coast Dead Zone

You’ve heard how hurricanes, oil spills, and industrial development are affecting the Gulf of Mexico, but have you heard about the “hypoxic” or low oxygen dead zones?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting that a massive dead zone the size of New Jersey (8,561 square miles) will plague the northern Gulf of Mexico this summer, citing a combination of heavy rainfall, flooding, drought, and human activity in the Midwest as the primary culprits.

Data from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that nonpoint sources of nitrogen and phosphorus based fertilizers, animal wastes, sewage, and other nutrient-rich pollutants (i.e., lawn fertilizers) from six major tributaries along the Mississippi River watershed are flowing toward the Gulf at an alarming rate, resulting in the growth of algae blooms that deplete the waters of oxygen as they die and decompose, thereby creating a biological desert.

Runoff fueling the Gulf of Mexico dead zone
Courtesy Donald Scavia / University of Michigan

The USGS estimates 153,000 metric tons of nutrients flowed down the watershed to the northern Gulf of Mexico, an increase of 94,900 metric tons over last year’s 58,100 metric tons, when the region was suffering through drought. This is 16 percent above the 34 year average nutrient load.

The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico will not only affect nationally important commercial and recreational fisheries of pogie, redfish, shrimp, crabs, oysters, and fresh water eels, but will significantly threaten the region’s economy; still reeling in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Catastrophe.

Courtesy P. J. Hahn/Coastal Zone Management Department

Ironically, NOAA models suggest that the size of the dead zone could be reduced by a large storm or hurricane, which would help churn up the water, thus reducing the hypoxic dead zone to roughly the size of Connecticut (5,344 square miles).

Which in and of itself is pretty big.

The Stafford Act

Hurricane Sandy

The US pours millions into beach relief & maintenance. But are we just putting our coastlines even more at risk? http://bit.ly/17ZzxIN 

Video Editor Wanted

Storm Surge Film is looking for a talented Video Editor to join our team to produce a multi-episodic documentary film series and a transmedia marketing campaign on climate adaptation, disaster resiliency, and citizen action.

We are a lean, agile, and fast growing company based in Seattle, with the majority of our production work being developed in New York, New Orleans, Tuscaloosa, AL, Joplin, MS, and other locales throughout the country.

What You’ll be Working On:

You will be working with our video producers, hosts and editing team to edit and produce interesting and engaging video content.  You will be a part of a production/post-production team who are talented, experienced and good at what they do.  We plan on producing content at a fast pace and you will be expected to work at this pace while always keeping a focus on quality.  We also expect all members of the team to contribute creatively with fresh ideas and concepts to enhance our shows or even launch new shows.


  • 3+ years’ experience with Adobe Premiere
  • Solid experience using other Adobe products like Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects experience a plus
  • Able to work at a fast pace, while still maintaining quality and creativity
  • Experience shooting with various cameras, mics and in variety lighting and weather conditions


  • Edit archival and daily flow of video content for our Vimeo and YouTube channels
  • Work with team leaders to manage your daily editing/production schedule to optimize your time.
  • Work with hosts/producers to fulfill their vision while also making creative suggestions of your own
  • Execute any production needs like shooting in our green screen studio or assisting with a live studio shoot or on location shoot
  • Work with content managers and producers to receive assets and comply with our asset management guidelines
  • Suggest ways to improve the production / post production process
  • Work with your team to make sure all team responsibilities are getting done on a day-to-day basis.

We are looking for video editors who love the world of documentary film production and transmedia campaign development and are looking for an editing position creating the type of content for this space.

Please don’t apply if you are a filmmaker just looking for a side job to make some extra money – these are not the type of people we want on our team.  We want passionate individuals who are excited about being part of multi-year project with national ramifications.

Storm Surge Film is committed to a diverse workplace and is an enthusiastic equal opportunity employer.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references stormsurgefilm [at]gmail [dot] com by 5:00pm, Friday, June 21, 2013.  No phone calls.

Democratic Senators Ask For Tougher CO2 Emission Standards

Democrats from states ravaged by Superstorm Sandy ask the Obama Administration to impose tougher carbon emissions standards on power plants, suggesting the disaster makes the case for stronger actions to address climate change.

Image: Stacy Noland

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/305425-senators-from-sandy-hit-states-press-obama-on-climate-rules#ixzz2WDoqSADy 

%d bloggers like this: