Noah Gue Invited to Second White House Junior Film Festival.

Noah Gue, 6, right, with his father, Michael Gue, made a short video on the topic of climate change and was one of 15 finalists in this year’s White House Junior Film Festival.

In a short but compelling video, 6-year-old Noah Gue looks into the camera and says that he has seen climate change “with my own eyes.”

“The glaciers are receding and soon could be gone forever,” says Noah, a first-grader at Bozeman’s Meadowlark School. “Some animals may go extinct in the next century.”

The three-minute video made by Noah and his parents has been chosen as one of 15 finalists in this year’s White House Junior Film Festival.

More than 1,500 U.S. students in kindergarten to 12th grade submitted videos to illustrate this year’s theme of making an impact and giving back.

Asked how he feels about going to the White House, Noah said, “I feel a little scared but pretty happy.”

Dad Michael Gue, 32, a wildland firefighter, said he and his wife, Amy Larson Gue, a wedding photographer, grew up in Montana. They wanted their two boys, Noah and 3-year-old Theodore (named for Teddy Roosevelt), to see and know the West before the environment is altered.

“We live in the most magnificent place on the planet with Yellowstone and Glacier Park,” Michael said.

“We want to show them how wonderful it is right now, before it’s changed.”

After seeing the White House film festival mentioned on Twitter, Michael asked Noah if he’d like to make a video. They went out for the weekend to shoot around Yellowstone, Paradise Valley and Hyalite Lake, and put the video together one afternoon, using an Apple iMovie program.

Michael shot most of the video with his GoPro camera, while Amy contributed still photos of grizzly bears, bison and other wildlife that she shot with Noah’s assistance. Noah provided the precocious voice of the next generation.

They submitted the video in early February and in early March learned that Noah’s project was a finalist.

“We were thrilled,” Amy said. “He worked so hard on it.”

They’re invited to attend the White House film festival on Friday and an event Saturday at the Newseum. They had to buy their own plane tickets, but they’re still excited. President Barack Obama is scheduled to host the event.

“Noah’s Project” can be seen on YouTube.

In one scene, the boy holds blackened soot from a Paradise Valley fire, and says that forest fires are becoming more frequent and severe.

“My dad goes two weeks early and comes home two weeks later from fighting fires,” Noah says.

In another scene, Noah skis from a patch of snow onto bare hillside.

“February in Montana at 9,000 feet,” he says. “What a shame.”

After school Tuesday, Noah said he thinks the best part of the trip will be if he gets to meet the president. He plans to give Obama a Montana flag pin.

Asked if he plans to grow up to be a filmmaker, Noah said, “I think I’m probably going to be in the U.S. Army.”

Gail Schontzler can be reached at 406-582-2633 or


Gail Schontzler covers schools and Montana State University for the Chronicle.

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