The ecological struggles of one New Jersey community serve as a microcosm for the issues that have erupted on a global scale in this provocative documentary from filmmaker Jared Flesher. The local ecosystem of Sourlands, New Jersey is in trouble. Invasive fauna, an unchecked deer population, and widespread habitat destruction have resulted in rising land prices and property taxes that threaten to put the local farmers out of business as erratic weather patterns wreck havoc on their crops. As a devoted team of engineers race to stop global warming and preserve precious energy, the struggle that once seemed local becomes frighteningly universal.
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I'm from the area and was able to attend the sold-out Hopewell, NJ premiere. This documentary was especially moving to me. The stories of these farmers, environmentalists, and more and their relation to the NJ Sourlands was something I had not heard about. The land is so beautiful and I think it is so great that someone is documenting the challenges this ecosystem is facing. Even more inspiring was the people working to protect the Sourlands. Absolutely loved this film. There's a lot to learn from it.