Good Kind Films
The duality of climate change
This self-initiated short film taps into our consciousness at the different emotional stages we find ourselves in the age of climate change. The story follows a character’s ups and downs as she goes through an inner journey of dealing with grief, loss, and the unknown. The film then explores the flip side of the climate crisis and the beauty and positives we can all find and connect with today - even in such uncertain times. Climate change is an invitation to move away from the old paradigm of separation and into a new story of interconnectedness where we acknowledge our place in the web of life. The film's two contrasting acts highlight those two world views and where they can lead us.
Shooting took place in Vancouver, Tofino, and Meares Island on Tla-o-qui-aht territory.
Climate change is forcing us to forge a new relationship with nature, away from the story of separation and into a new story based on the interconnectedness of all things. A profound transformation must occur. Climate change is forcing us to look deeper, inside and outside of us and face the root causes of the crisis - our spiritual connection to ourselves, each other, and Mother Earth. Like the other half of a mirror, the natural world shows us who we are and where we need to go.
Aside from the actions we must take, we must acknowledge the dire and uncertain times we are in and fully connect and accept the grief and longing we all feel. Humanity is going through a phase of incremental ambiguous loss with loved ones, cherished places, and the web of life degrading slowly in front of our eyes. Those losses are often not directly done to us and spread over time and across long distances - but they stay in our soul and heart deeply entrenched in our spiritual and emotional fabric. For true healing to occur, we have to accept that there might not be a happy closure to our story - things might not be okay and that it's okay to feel scared, sad, and fearful. As humans we like to solve problems and we’re not comfortable with unanswered questions and climate change is full of them. A river is gone, a forest is cleared, a lake we cherished as a kid is now polluted. We don’t see it or feel it everyday, but the wounds are deep and real.
During the conceptual phase we were toying with the idea of writing words from scratch to convey our message. Until like a bunny out of a magician's hat, Craig Perez' beautiful series of sonnets on the subject was discovered by chance. We immediately connected with his poem for it seamlessly connects the local to the global, the personal to the planetary. Its tone, rawness, and deeply intertwined spiritual and emotional layers were just perfect for how the story was evolving into: a holistic view of climate change and its two polar opposites.
On one hand the film was becoming a visceral expression of how our disconnection with nature brought to life climate change and the dark ways into which it is affecting all of us on spiritual and emotional levels. And on the flip side, we view climate change as a beautiful invitation to reconnect with the elements and to walk on this planet with gratitude, compassion, and the full understanding of how interconnected we are with all of the web of life.
The film was written, shot, and edited between November 2018 and March 2019 with filmmaker Sean Stiller. We are currently finalizing the sound design and the film will be released in April 2019. We're excited to share this passion project with you when it is completed. It will be part of a series of short films we will produce on the deeper layers of climate change.