In our evergreen state of Washington, nestled between the bustling city of Seattle and the quiet hum of Sammamish, a high school senior at Skyline High School is channeling his passion for film into a powerful force for environmental advocacy. Aran Pandey, a vibrant mind devoted to the world of sustainability, stands at the helm of a pivotal documentary focused on land preservation and conservation within the Issaquah and Sammamish areas.
Aran, a cofounder of the film club at his high school, was drawn to film’s magnetic pull in his sophomore year. Along with like-minded peers, he set the stage for a collective where passion for film could thrive. This love for the medium and the natural beauty of Washington that Aran holds dear ignited a commitment to sustainability that grew with time.
His documentary, a ten-minute exploration of local environmental issues, is a testament to his dedication. The film features interviews with organizations such as Heron’s Nest Outdoors and Issaquah Alps, each providing a window into the nuanced and critical perspectives on land stewardship. Aran’s goal is to unearth and illuminate the efforts of these groups, casting a spotlight on lesser-known yet vital causes.
The project is not yet complete, with a target finish date set for December. As Aran and his collaborator, Arya Somu, weave together interviews, b-roll, and carefully edited footage, the anticipation for the documentary’s release grows within the community. Both students have been instrumental in progressing the film, pooling their talents to manage everything from logistics to creative execution.
While the documentary’s final cut remains in progress, Aran’s vision is clear. He seeks to educate and inspire his community to embrace sustainable practices in land conservation. His message is one of hope—a call for collective action towards preserving the verdant landscapes that define his home. Says Aran, “I hope this documentary can spread awareness and educate our community on how we should care for our land sustainably and how we can promote land conservation.”
Aran’s documentary may still be under wraps, but his story—a narrative of youthful ambition, environmental stewardship, and the resonant power of film—speaks volumes. When the documentary is released, it promises to be a viewing experience, an educational tool, a conversation starter, and a step toward a greener tomorrow.
[Featured Image: David Kappler, a member at Issaquah Alps]