The Crosscut documentary The Rising is the result of a year of gaining the trust of a community whose stories are often mishandled or remain untold.
Crosscut managing editor Mark Baumgarten listens as science and environment editor Ted Alvarez and producer Sarah Hoffman talk about their documentary. (James Pitts for Crosscut)
On this podcast, Science & Environment producer Sarah Hoffman and editor Ted Alvarez talk about how they made The Rising, a new Crosscut documentary that chronicles one tribe’s efforts to escape the rising sea in a changing climate on the Olympic Peninsula.
Ted Alvarez: After a year of reporting, your first documentary, The Rising, is out in the world. How does it feel?
Sarah Hoffman: After spending so much time out there, it feels amazing to share it with everyone in the Quinault Indian Nation who was part of the story. For Washington and the Northwest as a whole, it was great to introduce them to a community that maybe they’ve driven by, or were vaguely aware of, without realizing what was at stake.
TA: What was the hardest part of the story to get?
SH: The hardest part was having patience, because there were certain spaces and places, like ceremonies, that weren’t for us. We wanted to earn permission and access to those sacred spaces where appropriate, so it took a long time.
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