Bring Nature Home: Negotiating With Nature
A Film by Stefan van Norden

Screenings: Saturday, April 14th, 7pm | Thursday, May 3rd, 6pm
Latchis Arts, Brattleboro, VT | The Arsenal, Central Park, NY

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Quiet Lunch, Negotiating With Nature (Film Review), 4/18/2018

Valley News, Hanover Man’s Documentary Explores Humanity’s Lost Connection to Nature, 4/12/2018

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Film Screening: Negotiating With Nature, 4/12/2018

Brattleboro Reformer, Filmmaker Stefan van Norden premieres ‘Negotiating With Nature’, 4/11/2018


New York, NY, March 20, 2018 — This spring, gardener and independent filmmaker Stefan van Norden will debut Negotiating with Nature (58 minutes), a film about our relationship with the natural world. Compelling and deeply human, the documentary examines how the widening disconnect with nature is shaping our lives from many perspectives. A premiere screening will be held at Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, VT on Saturday April 14, 2018 at 7:00pm; A second screening will take place at Arsenal Gallery in Central Park on Thursday May 3, 2018 at 6:00pm. Seating at the New York screening is limited, therefore attendees must RSVP in advance. While admission to the second screening is free, the film welcomes donations at all levels. A percentage of donations for the New York screening will go toward Natural Areas Conservancy. Following the screening, the filmmaker will be in discussion with Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, NYC Parks + Recreation Commissioner.


“As someone who has spent some 25 years in my garden, I’ve come to realize that the earth itself is a garden, and that we need all the help we can get caring for it,” expresses Director Stefan van Norden. “Having a healthy relationship with nature should be a part of who we are, both individually and collectively…We need to start bringing nature home, no matter where home is.”

In a high-tech world that is increasingly urban, gardens play a critical role as we navigate the transition into a sustainable future through stewardship of the land. Negotiating with Nature explores how both rural and urban gardens hold an important place on our planet. Featuring iconic American landmarks like Central Park, The High Line, and Mount Vernon Estate, the film journeys from country to city to unearth “resonant inter-connections between a person and the land,” as described by expert green author Annie Bond.

Negotiating with Nature rekindles our relationship with nature through a series of interviews with city parks commissioners, professors, landscape architects, poets and more. “We need parks, it makes us feel alive. It gives us that sense of place…” states NYC Parks + Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.

Garden Designer and Author Gordon Hayward observes, “The film takes on this vast subject and brings it to ‘people-level’, to ‘backyard-level’, to ‘shovel-in-hand-level’, while still addressing the big questions.” From Nature Deficit Disorder, as coined by author Richard Louv, to the electronic revolution, few topics are left uncovered, posing tough questions that aim for constructive dialogue and progressive action.

Negotiating with Nature is scheduled to air on Vermont PBS this summer. Please check the film website for updates. Click here to view the trailer. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using hashtags #bringnaturehome #greenercities

About Stefan van Norden
Stefan van Norden is a gardener and independent filmmaker. His previous project, Hand of Brick (2013) documents the history of the Densmore Brick Company that operated in Lebanon, NH from 1800-1974. Densmore made bricks that are the foundation for many of the structures and buildings throughout the Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire, such as Dartmouth College, as well as Vermont. Norden is the Founder of Noorden Gardening, a fine gardening service in the Upper Valley of NH. Norden lives and works in Hanover, NH.