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The Nature of People

A documentary film produced by The Nature Conservancy focused on people adapting in changing coastal communities. Meet Maricruz Mendoza, a leader of an ecotourism cooperative in Punta Allen, Mexico where the Mesoamerican reef is both a lifeline and defense to her community, and Grayson Chesser, a lifelong resident and community leader of The Eastern Shore, Virginia, who, along with his community, have “come to grips” with the changes
in their environment and their home. These are stories of human resilience in a changing climate– where nature is a key element of people’s success now, and in the future.

  • Bess Tassoulas
  • Bess Tassoulas
  • Bess Tassoulas
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Environment, Climate Change, Nature, International, Oceans
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico, United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The Future of Nature
    Boston, MA
    United States
    April 11, 2016
  • Environmental Film Festival On Tour
    Boston, MA
    United States
    September 28, 2016
  • Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    October 20, 2016
    Foundation Award
  • Long Island Film Festival
    Long Island, New York
    United States
    November 5, 2016
    Nell Shipman Award for Best Director
Director Biography - Bess Tassoulas

Bess Tassoulas is a filmmaker and project manager for The Nature Conservancy’s Climate Risk & Resilience strategy. She brings to TNC a filmmaking background and a desire to tell important stories of human resilience in the face of a changing climate. Bess studied Film & Video at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and has worked in various production capacities on feature films and national commercials.

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