The two-hour documentary, Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes, takes viewers below the surface of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem and into the middle of a complex war for survival. For more than a century, non-native species of plants, fish, invertebrates and microscopic organisms have been silently invading the Great Lakes, leaving devastation in their wake. These invasive species are transforming the ecosystem from top to bottom, pushing some native species to the brink of extinction, and costing the region hundreds of millions of dollars in control costs and lost revenue each year. With more than 180 invasive species in the Great Lakes watershed, and new invasives on the radar, the future of the Great Lakes is at stake. Narrated by Bill Kurtis, Making Waves traces the path of the invasion and joins researchers on the front lines as they combat invasives and work to restore native species, in an effort to prevent a biological takeover of the Great Lakes.
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Brendan Walsh (Director of Photography) is the co-owner of the production company Great Lakes Media. In addition to DP’ing and editing for GLM, Brendan has filmed for television shows on PBS, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, CNBC, A&E, the History Channel, FOX and TLC. Brendan’s work has taken him across the globe, but his heart has always remained in the Great Lakes region. His driving factor in creating this film was his love for the Lakes. After learning more about the unique and tragic history of the Great Lakes, Brendan and Jessica knew the story needed to be brought to life through video.
Jessica Walsh (Producer) is the co-owner of Great Lakes Media production company. Jessica is an award-winning print journalist and editor, and is responsible for coordinating and delivering a wide range of productions for Great Lakes Media. Her photographic talents also came into play on Making Waves when she served as an additional camera operator. Her concern for native ecosystems, plants and animals were an impetus in making the documentary a reality.