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Focused on the ongoing conflict over the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument in southern Utah, Desert Mourning investigates how individuals from different communities neighboring the land grapple with boundaries, and lifestyles, in flux.

The film takes a deep, personal dive into this ongoing conflict by exploring how the Monument's 2017 reduction has affected the lives of three people who live on the monument’s edge: Harlan Featherhat, a Pauite man who helped determine the monument’s original boundaries in 1996; Lonnie Pollock, a mormon rancher and retired schoolteacher; and Megan Smith, a former backcountry ranger on the monument and advocate for public lands.

New York, NY, USA
Hi. My name is Henry Kinder. I'm a filmmaker from Berkeley, CA, currently working and residing in Brooklyn, NY. I write, direct and edit short narrative films, music videos and documentaries. I also work as a freelance producer, most recently on Uncovered: Health Care Conversations with Ady Barkan with People's Television. Prior to that, I associate produced two feature documentaries for VICE on HBO: Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis and The Future of Work. In 2017, I graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in film studies and a writing certificate. Let's make something together! henrykinder@me.com more...

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