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#48: Michael Lienau - Camano Film Maker, Director, and Producer


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Episode Summary:

Michael Lienau got his big break with a news story covering the USA's attempt to abolish Tribal lands. His Mt. St. Helens documentary, "The Fire Below Us" was nationally acclaimed and won 7 awards.

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Key Points of Interest:

  • Where did Michael grow up?
  • Where did her get started with film?
  • What age did he start filming?
  • What was his first professional story? Abolish Native Tribes
  • How did he get involved with Mt St Helens?
  • What was his initial job around the eruption?
  • How did he end up getting lost on Mt St Helens?
  • What was it like to be on the volcano when it erupted again?
  • Hear the story of how him and his team got off the volcano
  • How did this kick off research on volcanos in the NW?
  • How did Michael go about making the “Fire Below Us"
  • How long did it take them to create the “Fire Below Us"
  • They created survival kits videos to help prepare for disasters
  • This included a pandemic survival kit 11 years ago!
  • What are the projects they are currently working on?
  • He also worked on a film based on slavery and prejudices that African-Americans face to this day
  • It also focused on the indigenous people, and their struggles
  • What are steps they take to be prepared on a regular basis?

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