Film Info
Director:Roger Sorkin
Year of Production:2017
Premiere Status:West Coast Premiere
Topic:Green Fire Award
Climate Change
First 100 Days
Changing Cities
Running Time:50 min.


2017 Green Fire Award Finalist: Sea level rise is happening and Hampton Roads, Virginia, is on the frontline. Home to the world's largest naval base, 17 local jurisdictions, and 2 million citizens, the rising waters and sinking land could have a devastating effect on U.S. national security. Tidewater tells the personal story of a community accustomed to hardship and sacrifice through its military service. Now they’re coming together to create a new approach to building a resilient America, ready for the environmental realities of the 21st century. If Hampton Roads succeeds, it will mean success on several levels. They'll save their homes, schools, businesses, the naval base, and that's no mean feat. But they'll also create a powerful template for success, a model other regions can use to prepare for and deal with disaster.


- Nate Birnbaum, producer/co-writer, Tidewater; Assistant Director, American Resilience Project
- Andrea Marr, Defence Council, Truman National Security Project

Program Sponsor:

Community Partners: SF Public Press; SPUR

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Additional Information

Roger SorkinRoger Sorkin is a graduate of Stanford University’s Documentary Film and Video Program. He is an award-winning filmmaker and a fellow with the Truman National Security Project. Since 2002, his production company, Sorkin Productions LLC, has created films and political advertising campaigns for non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and government and corporate clients including: The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the U.S. Army, the Center for U.S. Global Engagement and many more. His previous feature documentary was The Burden (SFGFF 2016).