This past summer, Fiege Films journeyed to Wimberley, Texas to begin shooting our project Hell and High Water. Only two months before, during Memorial Day weekend, disastrous floods struck the town, damaging much of the area along the Blanco riverbank. One of the most striking sites is the Fischer Store Road Bridge, which was lifted off its supports and now lies in ruins.
Forrest Wilder of the Texas Observer joined us, sharing his knowledge of Wimberley, his hometown, as well as his thoughts on the flood and climate change. His story is just one of many in our upcoming series of shorts focusing on the effects of climate change here in Texas.
In kayaks and canoes, Forrest, John, and Chris ventured down the Blanco River to shoot the flood damage. Toppled and broken cypress trees, mounds of tangled debris, and scoured foundations bore witness to the waters that had swelled over fifty feet. Fiege Films interns Promise Jones, Kaiwen Fa, and Sofia Chang assisted with production. Hell and High Water will explore environmental issues in Wimberley, Texas, and is the first of our series of stories about the direct impacts of climate change all over Texas.