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Yorktown Heights Resident Jeremy Newberger Debuts Documentary

Jeremy Newberger, center, of Yorktown Heights, along with Seth Kramer and Daniel Miller, produced "The Anthropologist," a documentary due to premiere Friday.
Jeremy Newberger, center, of Yorktown Heights, along with Seth Kramer and Daniel Miller, produced "The Anthropologist," a documentary due to premiere Friday. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Jeremy Newberger, of Yorktown Heights, was one of three filmmaker's involved in a new documentary, "The Anthropologist," the story of Katie Yegorov-Crate, a 13-year-old girl from Fairfax, Va., who is carted around the globe by her mother, noted environmental anthropologist Susie Crate.

The film by Newberger, Seth Kramer and Daniel Miller focuses on Crate's studies of the effects of climate change on centuries-old indigenous communities.

"The Anthropologist" was to have its world premiere Friday at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival, as a co-presentation with the American Museum of Natural History. It was chosen for DOC NYC’s Viewfinder Competition, a selection of films with a very distinct directorial vision.

Margaret Mead also analyzed how communities confront change, but that which results from war and modernity. Mead's daughter Mary Catherine Bateson, now 76 and a cultural anthropologist in her own right, provides insight into what Crate and her daughter discover.

Filmed during the course of five years, "The Anthropologist" is a meditation on change, both individual and societal. Susie and Katie work with people in Siberia, the South Pacific, the Andes and the Chesapeake Bay who struggle to reconfigure how and where they live. In Siberia, where Crate met Katie’s father while doing research, Katie’s relatives can no longer farm on land they’ve occupied for generations. Katie’s roots are also threatened by the inhospitable soil.

The documentary is a follow-up to Newberger, Kramer and Miller's Sundance hit and Emmy Award-nomined "The Linguists." Both films were paid for by the National Science Foundation.

After "The Anthropologist" premieres at DOC NYC, it will begin a cross-country tour starting with the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, N.C., and then onto the St. Louis International Film Festival, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and the Santa Fe Film Festival.

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