A multi-layered film for the uncertain times we are in. This self-initiated short film project taps into and expresses the collective consciousness of people at the different stages they find themselves emotionally and spiritually 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. But it's not all dark - the film also explores the flip side of the climate crisis and the beauty and positives we can all find and connect with - even in such uncertain times.
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.
Craig Santos Perez wrote a beautiful pair of sonnets that became the basis of our visual story. With this poem, Craig offers a raw and visceral love poem from us to the planet. Its intensity and emotionally charged tones were perfect for our story and in accurately reflecting the realities we are all having to face.
The film was shot in beautiful Tofino in January 2019 with filmmaker Sean Stiller. We are currently finalizing the editing and the film should be released in April 2019. We're excited to share this passion project with you when it will be completed!