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5 Things About Me: Documentary Filmmaker and Sociologist Sabrina McCormick

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Sabrina McCormick is a documentary filmmaker who explores the contentious processes through which illness events related to climate change are perceived, addressed and institutionalized. (Photo: Seema Ramchandani)

Sabrina McCormick
Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, D.C.

Background: I am a sociologist and documentary filmmaker. I work at the Global Change Research Program at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Question 1. Share a story from your past that lead to your choosing your field of work.
Answer: When I was a child, my home was contaminated with a toxic chemical — Chlordane —causing my family to lose our home and all its contents. I was eight, so didn't understand what had happened until much later. This led me to care deeply about how we protect our environment and the people who live in it. It also led me to want to share stories of those who have faced and overcome challenges in protecting the earth.

Question 2. What fuels your passion for your work?
Answer: I love the process of telling true stories. This includes researching what has happened, and what might take place in the future. Then, I figure out what is most important or interesting and form a narrative that highlights what I believe other people should notice.

Question 3. Tell us about a hobby or passion outside of work.
Answer: Reading screenplays. I love imagining who should play each role, what the director could do with the words, how characters develop, and most importantly, the process of revealing a person's transformation.

Question 4. What's your favorite food? Got a sweet tooth? Caffeine junkie? Tell us about it!
Answer: Favorite drink — green tea. I appreciate it the way that some appreciate wine. Age, location the plant was grown, temperature and time of brewing — this is what makes a perfect tea. And I drink a lot of it. Most days, I down at least two cups if not a whole pot!

Question 5. What's playing on your iPod/music player?
Answer: Pandora. My stations include — Metric, RJD2, Bebel Gilberto, Lil' Kim, and lately Krishna Das because I need to chill out. 

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