Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

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Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
85 minutes

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Metamorphosis (PG)

This feature documentary by Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper offers a new narrative around climate change and delivers a profound message of hope. Filmed in locations around the world including Vanuatu, New Mexico, Alberta’s Badlands, the Canary Islands, California, and Mexico, Metamorphosis confronts beauty and loss with powerful visual imagery. Every country is experiencing intense climate events and most reasonable people agree that it is the most pressing issue of our time. But how do we cope with this level of change and reverse the harm we have caused? Ami and Ripper are optimists even in the middle of the most dire crisis imaginable. Metamorphosis presents images of tourists trudging through floodwaters in Venice, communities displaced by massive storms, and disappearing waterways in California valleys. But within this sobering catalogue of disasters are dedicated and passionate people raising awareness in a variety of inventive ways: using swimming pools in California to grow food, removing lawns and reintroducing native plants, building ecologically efficient houses, installing free solar panels in low-income neighborhoods, and teaching greater self-sufficiency. Disaster can be an opportunity for transformation and a means for humanity to reshape itself in startling and radical new ways. -KR

Filmmaker

Velcrow Ripper

Velcrow Ripper creates powerful, cinematic feature documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times. His epic "Fierce Light Trilogy" began with Scared Sacred (winner of 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 documentary. He is well known for his award-winning sound design of such films as The Corporation (Best Sound, Leo Awards) and A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound, Hot Docs, Leo Awards). Metamorphosis is his sixth feature film.  www.velcrowripper.com

Filmmaker

Nova Ami

Nova Ami creates socially relevant, thought-provoking films that inspire, educate, and empower. Her 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.