Plague Phase: Virtual Premiere and Panel Discussion

Please join Nature Change and Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology  for the virtual premiere of the new, 18-minute short film, Plague Phase at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28th. Filmed in a sculptor’s studio and produced in Leelanau County, the film takes on the difficult subjects of loss and adaptation in a time of ecological decline.

The event will be Live-streamed on the Crosshatch Facebook page at:

Produced by Joe VanderMeulen, Anne-Marie Oomen and Bronwyn Jones, the film features young actors Wren and Phoebe Walter and Norm Wheeler as well as the poets Fleda Brown, Bronwyn Jones, Anne-Marie Oomen, Jennifer Steinorth, Keith Taylor, and Catherine Turnbull. The sculpture of Bill Allen sets the stage for this engaging encounter with imagination and the creative spirit in reaction to dramatic environmental change.

A Panel discussion will follow the premiere of Plague Phase, providing background and context, including appearances by:  Anne-Marie Oomen, Stephanie Mills, Brad Kik, Jaimie Delp (invited), Seth Bernard, Leslie Tye, and Holly Bird.

Plague Phase is being presented by Nature Change ( and Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology ( with the support of the Traverse Area District Library, Old Town Playhouse, Title Track, NMEAC and Traverse Area Media.