So Flo Floods
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So Flo Floods is a feature length documentary with an anticipated release in 2018.
Miami Beach is ground zero in the USA for Sea Level Rise (SLR), investing hundreds of millions of dollars to install pumps and other infrastructure to handle “King Tide” flooding and fight back the most immediate effects of global warming. But there is a much bigger story to be told of floods in South Florida including old, and future, floods. From Lake Okeechobee, to Stuart, to Belle Glade, to the Everglades, So Flo Floods tells the story of these floods and the issues surrounding where the region is going and what it will need to confront if SLR continues as anticipated. It features the following segments:
Current Floods - SLR is often talked about as something to be dealt with in the future, but in Miami Beach it is being dealt with, head-on, right now. It is not an academic exercise. So Flo Floods features brand new, unique footage to tell the story of what is going on in this world renowned and economically vital city. The film also takes us to Lake Okeechobee and The Herbert Hoover Dike as flood control in South Florida is inherently tied to “Lake O” which naturally wants to flood into South Florida. The Hoover Dike allows great control over the lake but with significant tradeoffs among the economic, political, and environmental interests which are all intertwined.
Old Floods - Most of South Florida is a natural flood zone. Only over the past century have Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and most of the other cities and towns of South Florida been habitable in the ways we experience now, along with the agricultural, real estate, tourism, and other economic drivers that make the region what is is today. So Flo Floods takes us back in time to show how we got into the economic and environmental entanglements of today, and the incessant fights against water that are necessary to make modern living in South Florida possible.
Future Floods - The future of flooding in South Florida depends greatly upon the level of SLR and the responses of those that live there. We take a deep-dive into the impact of SLR going forward, and what we can expect in the future. Not only is South Florida home to some of the most knowledgeable experts in the world on SLR, but also to many with related expertise that help So Flo Floods paint a picture of South Florida’s realities going forward. There are differences of opinion about what’s to come, and, what to do about it – but not that it’s here. We interview professors, mayors, writers, historians, engineers, and others and support their stories with archival and brand new footage, as well as animation and aerial footage captured over the past two years. These interviews include those with:
- Dorothy Block – Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades, Belle Glade, FL
- John Campbell – Army Corp of Engineers, Corporate Communications Office
- Dr. Paul George – Resident Historian, History Miami Museum
- Robert Mykle – Author, Killer 'Cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928
- Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch - Former mayor of Sewall’s Point, FL
- Susy Torriente – Chief Resiliency Officer, Assistant City Manager, City of Miami Beach
- Harold Wanless, Ph.D. – Professor and Geological Science Department Chair, Univ. of Miami
- Richard Weisskoff, Ph.D. - Professor of Economics & INS Department Chair, Univ. of Miami
Please check back to see the progress of So Flo Floods as we move through the distribution process in 2018.