Bozeman’s six-year-old Noah Gue is the youngest of 15 winners of this year’s White House Junior Film Festival. “Noah’s Project,” his three minute video on climate change, earned him a meeting with President Obama, who singled him out as “the one missing his front teeth.”
Now if we could just get Steve Daines to sit down and watch the video.
The video was selected from more than 1500 entries from K-12 students from across the country. The theme of this year’s contest is making an impact and giving back.
His father Michael, a wildlands firefighter, saw the film festival announced on Twitter, and asked Noah if he’d like to enter. They saw the notice in February, went out for a weekend to shoot at Yellowstone, Paradise Valley and Hyalite Lake, and put the video together in one afternoon, using an Apple iMovie program. They were notified early this month that they had won, and were invited to the White House.
According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Michael shot most of the video with his GoPro camera, while Noah’s mother Amy, a wedding photographer, contributed still photos of grizzly bears, bison and other wildlife that she shot with Noah’s help.
Noah is the talent, looking into the camera and telling us he’s seen climate change “with my own eyes.”
He tells how rising temperatures are affecting his family and the landscapes near his home. “Glaciers are receding and could soon be gone forever…Some animals may go extinct in the next century….It’s time for the world to see conservation through a kid’s eyes.”
“He memorized what he was going to say,” Amy says of Noah, who is barely old enough to read. “But when he got in front of the camera, he added in his own comments.”
Global warming is a concept simple enough for a six-year-old to understand. You have to be much older, more jaded, and blinded by money to misunderstand it.