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Launch of the new site for Overburden

If you want to learn more about the documentary film, Overburden, check out the film website by clicking the image below.

If you want to know more about the work I did seven years ago, you can poke around on this embarrassingly out-of-date website. I promise to reinvent this site soon – as soon as this film is done!

Overburden documentary

Overburden, Chad A. Stevens

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The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower Dylan Thomas

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.
The force that drives the water through the rocks 

Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams 

Turns mine to wax. 

And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins 

How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.
The hand that whirls the water in the pool 

Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind 

Hauls my shroud sail. 

And I am dumb to tell the hanging man 

How of my clay is made the hangman’s lime.
The lips of time leech to the fountain head; 

Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood 

Shall calm her sores. 

And I am dumb to tell a weather’s wind 

How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.
And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tomb 

How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.

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errol morris thought

[People often trust low-res images because they look more real. But of course they are not more real, just easier to fake. We look at picture of Nessie (the Loch Ness Monster). It’s grainy, fuzzy. It’s hard to make anything out. You never see a 10-megapixel photograph of Big Foot or the Abominable Snowman or the Loch Ness Monster. One explanation is: these monsters don’t exist. But if they did exist — so the thinking goes — they are probably unwilling to sit still for portraiture. The grainy images are proof of how elusive Nessie can be. This belief extends to documentary filmmaking, as well. If it’s badly shot, it’s more authentic. – E.M.]

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4 a.m.

With the promise of the Perseids Meteor Shower raining through our atmosphere this morning, I went out to shoot at the nearby coal-fire power plant. But fog covered all of the plants and I only saw one shooting star in two hours. But I saw this strange scene.

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August light

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“If a story is in you, it has got to come out.”

“If a story is in you, it has got to come out.”
- William Faulkner

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