Rafael 3 Sat, May 5, 2018 8:30 PM
Sequoia 1 Sun, May 6, 2018 6:45 PM
Film Info
Section:The Great Outdoors
Art of Impact
Running Time:85 min.
Director:Nova Ami
Velcrow Ripper
Print Source:Nova Ami
Velcrow Ripper
Note Writer:Joni Cooper


What is our capacity for change? It's a prescient question given a whole new spin in Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper’s striking film. The answers revealed by great thinkers, artists, scientists, and children here are eye opening. You will be pulled in by the mesmerizing and strangely compelling visual beauty of the effects of climate change as well as a bewitching, portentous mechanical sound and music mix that evokes Earth’s final breaths. Does the change we’re facing offer us an opportunity for transformation? This film gives us a chance to discover—and accept—the wonder of impermanence.

IN PERSON: Directors Nova Ami, Velcrow Ripper

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Additional Information

Nova Ami’s work has screened at international festivals including Hot Docs and IDFA, and has been broadcast on BBC, CBC, CTV, Super Channel, Vision TV, and SBS Australia. She directed the documentaries Say I Do (CTV, Vision TV), Secrets (CBC’s “The Passionate Eye”), and Peacing It Together (Red Storm Productions), and was a producer on Occupy Love (Super Channel, Free Speech TV) and Army of One (BBC, CBC, SBS Australia). She was host, director, and writer on the technology and innovation television series The Leading Edge (Knowledge Network), and was host and segment producer of “GVTV,” a series about urban issues in Vancouver. She has a Master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School.

Velcrow Ripper's "Fierce Light Trilogy" began with Scared Sacred, winner of the 2005 Genie Award for best feature documentary, continued with 2008's award-winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action, and concluded with Occupy Love (2013). His first feature-length documentary, Bones of the Forest (1995, co-directed with Heather Frise), won nine awards, including Best of the Festival at Hot Docs and the 1996 Genie for Best Feature Doc. He is well known for his award-winning sound design of such films as The Corporation (Best Sound, Leo Awards). Metamorphosis is his sixth feature film.