Side by Side brings together evolutionary ecology and creative expression to explore the relationship between humans and barn swallows. This film highlights the creative process of a group of young women in enacting various species of birds through large-scale puppetry. Side by Side is led by Dr. Beth Osnes, Theatre and Environmental Studies professor at CU and Dr. Rebecca “Becca” Safran, Evolutionary Biology professor at CU—both co-founders of CU’s Inside the Greenhouse, as an expression of creative climate communication. This project offers a narrative of hope that if we can see through the eyes of another species, we can not only solve our greatest challenge, climate change, but we can also find our own place of belonging and unity within the natural world. Through this project we express our response-ability to ensure an equitable, survivable, and thrive-able future for all life and the ecosystems upon which all life depends.
Sara Herrin is a Denver-based video and audio producer with a knack for telling meaningful stories. Her work generally focuses on issues of environment, society, and equity. Her most recent project, a documentary short entitled What’s in a Name, explores the legacy of racism in the United States and how that legacy lives on in names and monuments. This piece was awarded the Zenith and Sidney Gross Memorial Prize for investigative reporting from New York University. Sara’s work continues to ask questions about how our society can improve for both people and the planet. Sara holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.A. in News & Documentary Journalism from New York University.