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VFFOnline 2021: How to Give Life Back to Coral Ghosts

2 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Streaming Online
at the Victoria Film Festival
Get your pass here to view beginning Feb 5th, 2021

Note: Available to view for residents in British Columbia

Coral Ghosts mixes up two ideas, the need to reverse the damaging effects of climate change and preserve the past with still photography, into a rallying cry to reverse the damage done to the reefs around the world. This uphill challenge is tough. Marine biologist Dr. Thomas J. Goreau wants to save the life of more than one ocean. It’s not about Bikini Atoll, where this documentary begins. In an article on The Guardian, Eleanor Ainge Roy wrote, “Steve Palumbi, a professor in marine sciences at the university, said the effects of radiation poisoning on ocean life have never been studied in-depth, and his team’s initial research suggests it is ‘remarkably resilient’.”

Spongebob Squarepants would cry if he saw this work by Andrew Nisker. Not everyone recognizes the tie in of the fictional cartoon ocean world to real life. As for why some marine creatures survived the devastation (and didn’t mutate) while others haven’t is a mystery when the island was recently researched. I personally think it’s because some species returned many decades later after the amount of radiation in the bottom of the sea near these Marshall Islands levelled, even though it’ll still harm human life.

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland with Borealis

15 Dec

On TVO Docs YouTube and streaming on NFB.ca
9pm (PST) on December 15th

Bing Crosby sang about “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” but it’s Kevin McMahon’s Borealis—a fascinating and cinematographic look into Canada’s iconic boreal forest—which makes the words comes alive. Instead of O Tannenbaum, to which the opening scenes begin with, it’s the evergreens which make the world go ’round. Without them–anywhere around the world–Earth would not be as rich in oxygen.

This documentary’s arrival during the cold season shows there are certain types of foliage that this planet safe year-round. This story details the life cycle of many trees which dot in this northernmost landscape. It’s easy to joke about Canada being cold, but in the wilds–the spring and summer season also brings wildfires! That’s hard to believe, but when controlled burning is required, this unmonitored part country handles it pretty well.

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Don’t Walk Away from this Documentary on Who Farted?

26 Jun

Who Farted? The world's first climate change documentary comedy. | The  Screening Room, 120 Princess St, Kingston | To Do Canada

World Broadcast Premiere

Documentary Channel
June 28, 2020
9:00pm ET/PT

SPOILER ALERT
Albert Nerenberg and Nik Sheehan‘s hilarious and insightful documentary shows cutting the cheese can be an art form. Who Farted? doesn’t always mean ill tidings. But, yes, it’s possible to destroy the world from unleashing too much gas into the environment.
All those questions people not wanting to ask about the origins of this needed bodily function are answered in detail. This ranges from learning how we generate this gas to its impact on society as a whole. The absurd is hilariously examined by visiting the World Fart Championships held in Utajärvi, Finland. But there’s more hard pressed concerns, which is primarily about whether or not Nature can handle all this methane and sulphur being unleashed–especially by cows. That is, are we headed towards global warming?

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Doxa Docs in Review, Part One

18 Jun

DOXA FestivalBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

* Playing from June 18 to 26. Tickets to an online screening can be purchased here. For information, please visit their faq.

Starting today, the Doxa Documentary Film Festival is live and broadcasting direct to your home! This event has a mix of documentaries that are not only very revealing in its examination of where society is at presently, but also on what humanitarian efforts are being made to have us think, if not consider the future not only for ourselves, but also for others.

The following is a sampling of the works I’ve gotten to preview ahead of time:

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[Vancouver, BC] Give ❤ to Doxa with this Preview

8 Jun

DOXA FestivalBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

It’s no secret that most film festivals around the world are going virtual. The next regional one in British Columbia is the Doxa Documentary Film Festival taking place June 18-26. This Vancouver-based event is presented by the Documentary Media Society (incorporated 1998) and they curate an impressive selection of works which explores the human condition. They want us as a society to think more about the world around us.

This fact also includes making the wise choice to still stay at home until the pandemic is in control or perhaps getting informed with the films to be presented. The following are my picks. They range from examining gender roles to where A.I. may fit in as the future.

Please note that some of these works are approved for screening only in this province, and the synopsis are from Doxa’s website. The tickets purchased give a code to viewing it online anytime during the event dates.

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