WHY WE MADE THIS FILM
“It is not possible to discuss the future of national and international security without addressing climate change… Food shortages, droughts, floods—
all directly tied to climate change will be catalysts for conflict.”
– U.S. Air Force Gen. Donald Hoffman (ret)
THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY WE CAN TELL
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
We are a small group of independent filmmakers, devoted to creating documentaries that make people think differently about the world we share. By unpacking dense socio-political and environmental issues, our goal is to make dialogue and action irresistible for the viewer.
We’ve helped educate and catalyze movements around global divestment and the campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline with Do The Math (2013), and equated climate justice with social justice in Disruption (2014), which galvanized 400K+ to NYC and thousands more around the globe in the largest climate march in the history of the planet. We distilled a four year discussion on inequality with Noam Chomsky into 10 principles of concentrated wealth and power in Requiem for the American Dream, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 and will be released theatrically and on Netflix in early 2016.
Now, we are in post-production on our most challenging film to date – an investigation of the impacts of irreversible climate change, resource scarcity, mass migration, and pandemic conflict through the lens of US national security and global systemic risk.
For the first time, we’ve brought together distinguished admirals, generals, and military veterans leading the charge on connecting the dots in the climate and conflict nexus.
We are cutting the film in real-time, exploring the interconnected links behind the European refugee crisis, the conflict in Syria, the residue of the Arab Spring, the rise of terrorist groups like ISIS – and laying bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.
This film begs the question, ‘How will our society deal with the consequences of our actions?’ Perhaps more pointedly, ‘What are the consequences of our inaction?’
Our failure to truly address climate change is the greatest collective action problem of all time; our charge is to do our small part to help tip the balance of public opinion on the biggest crisis since we came out of the caves.
WHY I’M SUPPORTING (AND WORKING ON) THE FILM
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE EP
I grew up on a farm in New Hampshire, raised by parents who wanted to leave their children with a better world than the one they grew up in. Unfortunately, my father passed away of ALS when I was 15 and my mother passed away of cancer when I was 21. But in their passing, they left me two great gifts: an inheritance and a deep passion to change the world.
For two years after college I was a grassroots climate change organizer, believing in people power to shift politics. As an organizer, I came to see that climate change films had an incredibly powerful effect on bringing people together and motivating them to act. And it was two films in particular that seemed to move the most people again and again, even years after their release: Do the Math and Disruption, produced by PF Pictures.
Last summer after organizing thousands of people to get to the climate march, I wanted a different way to participate in the climate movement, and knew that I had to work with PF Pictures. And in addition to bringing my organizing background to the table, I also decided to use some of my inheritance to provide the film with seed money.
I couldn’t be happier with my decision, and know that this film would make my parents proud.