Publicity

These are two press releases developed for the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society for the club’s showing of Living With Lava.

Feel free to use/modify for your club’s showing.

Short Version:

Living With Lava is an intriguing new documentary by English filmmaker Theo Maximilian Goble. The film explores the experiences of people living at the base of active volcanoes in Iceland. Several interviews are with survivors of the 2010 volcanic eruption that shut down international airports in Europe. The film is the 2013-2014 selection for the Donald K. Johnson Icelandic Film Series. The film series is offered to local Icelandic clubs across North America by the Icelandic National League of North America. The Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society will show the film on Thursday, September 19 at 6 pm in the Blaine Public Library. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Long Version:

Icelandic Volcano Documentary Presented At Blaine Public Library

Living With Lava
is an intriguing new documentary by English filmmaker Theo Maximilian Goble. The film explores the experiences of people living at the base of active volcanoes in Iceland. The Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society will offer a public showing on Thursday, September 19 at 6 pm in the Blaine Public Library.

Goble first visited Iceland in 2010 and seeing the country had a huge impact on him. He was impressed by seeing firsthand the impacts of volcanoes, their eruptions and the glacial floods that result. But what surprised him most were the people living in this volcanic region. As Goble describes the residents, he was intrigued by “just how relaxed the Icelanders are about living so close to all of this.” Shortly after his initial visit the eruption of an Icelandic volcano shut down international airports in Europe.

Goble, who had worked fifteen years in the film industry as an editor, knew that he had just identified the subject of his first independent film.

Within a year, Goble returned to Iceland with a film crew. He began interviewing survivors of that eruption and an earlier eruption in the 1970s that forced the evacuation of an entire island. In interview after interview, he was struck by resident’s thoughts on living in such a volcanically active land.

Goble described their relationship with the land as “a gentle acceptance of the situation they find themselves in and a great respect for Mother Nature and the wrath she is capable of. For me,” he said, “it is this relationship that forms the backbone of Living with Lava; human emotion, anecdotes, family history, ordinary lives set against a backdrop of extraordinary surroundings.”

Living With Lava is the 2013-2014 selection for the Donald K. Johnson Icelandic Film Series. The film series is offered to local Icelandic clubs across North America by the Icelandic National League of North America. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

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