The Zoom link is posted below. This screening will begin on Zoom and then the audience will be directed to a link to view the film. After, we will come back to Zoom for a live Q & A with the creators. The film link will stay posted in the Zoom call for anyone coming late.
More information about the film can be found here.
Q & A Panelists: The Saving Beauty Team
Panel Moderator: Laura McCarthy, State Forester
Laura is based in Santa Fe, NM ancestral lands of the Tesuque Pueblo community. Laura was appointed the State Forester of the New Mexico State Forestry division in 2019. She is the first female to hold that role and her responsibilities include fire and forest management on 43 million acres of state and private land. Previously, she served as the Associate State Director and Director of Conservation Programs for the Nature Conservancy in New Mexico where she developed the Santa Fe Water Source Protection Fund in 2009 and launched the Rio Grande Water Fund in 2014.
Daniela Roth holds a Bachelor Degree from Oregon State University in Botany and Wildlife and a Master‘s Degree in Fire Ecology. From 1997 to 2009 she worked for the Navajo Natural Heritage Program, promoting rare plant conservation and documenting rare plant occurrences from the backcountry of the 17-million-acre reservation of the Navajo Nation. Prior to coming to New Mexico she worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the conservation and recovery of rare and endangered plants of southern and central Utah. Since 2012 she is the State Botanist and Coordinator for the Endangered Plant Program within the New Mexico Forestry Division where she continues her work on endangered plant conservation issues and documentation. Daniela is the chair of the New Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council and has been a leader in the development of the New Mexico Rare Plant Conservation Strategy. She has been instrumental in promoting the restoration and conservation of Pecos sunflowers and other rare and endangered plants of Santa Rosa cienegas, including the 116 acre Blue Hole Cienega, which was purchased by the Forestry Division for the sole purpose of protecting endangered plants.
Robert (Bob) Sivinski grew up in Albuquerque and obtained his BSc and MSc degrees at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He is working now as a biological consultant after retiring from the NM Forestry Division in Santa Fe where he worked on rare and endangered plant projects and natural land conservation programs. He maintains an academic connection to the University of New Mexico as a Curatorial Associate in the Herbarium at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. His interest in the New Mexico flora has resulted in the discovery of several new plant species in the state. Bob is an active member of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico where he has served as both Vice-President and President. He also conducts regular docent trainings and botanical tours for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at the Leonora Curtain Wetland Preserve. When not working in the wild, Bob likes to grow, cook and can veggies, raspberries and fruit from his home garden and orchard.
Estela Tenorio-Thompson is a life-long resident of Santa Rosa, she has devoted her life to community development through her 19-year career as a science teacher and involved community member on various boards and events. Her love for Santa Rosa, its people and natural beauty has provided her the perfect platform in which to teach of the Blue Hole Ciénega and the conservation efforts in place to preserve the threatened and endangered species that inhabit the wetland. The ciénega serves as an outdoor classroom every fall when students in Mrs. Thompson’s high school science classes engage in water quality testing, vegetation surveys, soil testing and basic ecological monitoring techniques. Through the years, students were available during the clearing of the invasive species through mechanical methods, installation of a ground watering monitoring system as well as the attempt to plant native trees. It was during this time that Mrs. Thompson developed a Blue Hole Cienega field curriculum for students in grades 4th-8th. Many students still report the memories they have of their time at the ciénega. Estela and her husband Ace live and ranch in the north west area of Guadalupe County with their four children, Aesa 16, DanniKate 14, Porter 10 and Trey 9.
Christina Selby is the founder of the Saving Beauty Project, producer and one of the filmmakers of Saving Beauty Film along with Arturo Anzures. She is also an independent conservation photographer, writer, and naturalist. Her award-winning book Best Wildflower Hikes New Mexico: A Guide to New Mexico’s Greatest Wildflower Adventures, was published by Falcon Guides earlier this year. Her work has also appeared in bioGraphic, Scientific American, National Geographic Online, New Mexico Magazine, High Country News, Mongabay.com and other publications. She brings many years of work in environmental education and international sustainable development to her storytelling. When she’s not chasing monkeys in the Amazon, tracking Mexican wolves in the southwest, or hunting wildflowers in alpine meadows, you can find her at home in Santa Fe or camping with her two boys, husband, and Great Pyrenees “Glacier” in the stunning landscapes of the Southern Rockies.
Arturo Anzures is the videographer, editor, and co-director with Christina Selby of the Saving Beauty Film. He is a filmmaker from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico now based in Santa Fe. He creates promotional and education videos for universities, commercial clients, and non-profit organizations. Find him on Instagram at @arturo.videos.
The Saving Beauty Project was created to raise awareness about the Southwest’s most endangered ecosystem and the rare and endangered species that call it home. They support conservation of ciénegas and endangered species through photography, film, journalism, and collaboration. This visual storytelling project includes a documentary film, online Story Map, photographic exhibit, educational materials, and public presentations.