Emergence Magazine

Isle de Jean Charles

by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

As the Isle de Jean Charles in southern Louisiana vanishes beneath rising waters, a handful of residents choose to remain, anchored to their homeland by a fierce love of place.

Director & Producer

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an Emmy- and Peabody Award–nominated filmmaker and a Sufi teacher. His films include: Earthrise, Sanctuaries of Silence, The Atomic Tree, Counter Mapping, Marie’s Dictionary, and Elemental. His films have been screened at New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, and Hot Docs, exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum, and featured on PBS POV, National Geographic, and New York Times Op-Docs. He is the founder and executive editor of Emergence Magazine.

Producer & Editor

Adam Loften is a filmmaker and producer of documentary films, virtual reality experiences, and podcasts. His work has been nominated for Emmy and Peabody Awards and featured on PBS, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.


Directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Produced by Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Edited by Adam Loften
Cinematography by Andrew David Watson
Music by H. Scott Salinas & Matthew Atticus Berger
Sound by D. Chris Smith

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