Episode 1: Facing the Surge
Facing the Surge documents the tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, VA. Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the country and to thousands of hard-working Americans struggling to adapt to the rising tides and an uncertain future. But Facing the Surge is not a film about loss and inaction. It tells the stories of citizens from across the United States as they step forward to raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change.
Use Facing the Surge to start conversations about climate change and its solutions. We encourage you to organize group screenings at home, work, school, church, and other community forums. There is no community screening fee or license required.
Director and Producer: Diogo Castro Freire
Diogo started the Adaptation Now documentary project in 2014 to raise awareness about climate change and garner support for the organizations on the ground working to implement climate solutions. In the process, he also wrote the book When Climate Change Hits Home and worked in the solar industry to advance the adoption of clean energy. Prior to these endeavors, Diogo worked for the Energy Practice of the Boston Consulting Group. He was born and raised in Portugal, leaving to study at the London School of Economics. He then moved to the U.S. for his MBA at Harvard, and now lives in Washington, DC.
Co-Director: Jorge Castro Freire
Jorge has spent his life making films. His work spans over 300 advertisements, multiple corporate videos, and documentaries, including the footage created for the Lisbon Story Center. He has received both a Silver and a Bronze Lion from the Cannes Advertising Film Festival, and won a gold medal at the New York Advertising Film Festival. He is passionate about sustainability and the world his children, Sebastiao and Diogo, will inherit.
Co-Director and Co-Producer: Martha Gregory
Martha is a film and video editor living in Brooklyn, NY. After working at an advertising production company, she left to work for director Chris Eigeman and dedicate her energy to make films. With a passion for culturally and environmentally relevant projects, Martha is committed to the power of visual story-telling and documentary as a medium for creating dialogue, awareness, new relationships and socially important art. Martha studied Film and Latin American Cultural Studies at Kenyon College.
Co-Producer: Brian Holton Henderson
As a writer for the Huffington Post, Brian covers the renewable energy industry and the uncertain future that new industries face in a warming world. Prior to his work as a journalist, he ran his own freelance multimedia business; the experience imparted to him a passion for meeting people and telling stories. He is a committed wordsmith, and he believes firmly in the latent power of the spoken word for change. He studied History and English at Kenyon College.