We are making a documentary film like no other.
This is an idea whose time has come.
City Living, Nature Calling explores how we can adapt modern society in light of ecological limit, given that we have distanced ourselves from close contact with nature since the rise of the city, which has become our new ‘natural’ habitat.
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Thanks to our generous supporters, we succeeded in raising 20K to film the 30 minute episode that will be the pilot for the City Living, Nature Calling series.
Filming began in December 2015 and the first episode will be launched in August 2016.
News and updates about the City Living, Nature Calling pilot episode HERE.
If you did not make it for the crowd funding deadline and would like to help us to raise the funds to keep working towards the series, please feel free to donate now.
People naturally love their homes and want to protect their lifestyles. But modern life has gotten out of balance and we know we need to adapt to the ecological limits of the earth. In evolutionary terms, humanity spent most of its cultural history in close contact with the more-than-human nature all around us. But nowadays, the city has become our natural environment. Shifting our ‘homes’ from nature to cities fundamentally changes our thinking – and this is what leads us to the precipice of the ecological crisis.
Making cities more ecologically sustainable is possible but we need to explore how to do this. City Living, Nature Calling presents our challenges in clear language and places the current crisis in evolutionary context. This results in a fascinating and novel ‘ecological history’ of humanity, including an overview of the way the agricultural revolution promoted a way of thinking about the earth as a set of resources (or objects) rather than a home filled with extended kin (or subjects). We live in a world where this tendency has been increased exponentially by the fossil fuel power of the industrial revolution.
Today, in a digital culture, film combines with electronic social media, to become a powerful story telling tool. We use it to heal and evolve. We aim to help shift consciousness back towards treating the earth as a living home, filled with creatures and places we love, respect and defend. When people support this cause, they are supporting a movement towards positive change, the transformation of the human story on this planet back towards an ethic of care and compassionate co-existence, and away from the damage being done by exhaustive capitalistic industries.
City Living, Nature Calling tells the story of our environmental crisis in in an evolutionary context, which makes climate change part of that ‘deep’ human history. It recognises that our curiosity and inventiveness are innate, making technology part of the solution as well as part of the problem. The film combines this ‘big picture’ story of global shifts in consciousness with ways to work with local places, improving our homes in cities and nature in line with what we are learning about sustainable lifestyles and flourishing communities.
Principal Team Members
Dr Geoffrey Berry is the writer and narrator, telling a story he has been researching and reflecting upon for over a decade. His PhD investigates the way that light is used as a symbol of power and prestige, and how this becomes part of the problem with the way industrial civilization has treated the planet when fossil fuel-powered electricity enters the equation in the 20th century.
Geoff argues that if we think of modern society as having its own core myths - the same way we have thought about ancient, exotic and 'traditional' societies such as the Australian Aboriginals and other indigenous peoples - we can see that there is a deep and disturbing tendency in technologically developed societies to treat the environment disrespectfully on behalf of their own assumptions about the nature of power and entitlement. On the other hand, the openness to development of modern societies can also enable us to change for the better, in light of expert environmental science and in alignment with 'the wisdom of the elders.'
Darcy Gladwin is a film maker of twenty years' experience, whose projects range from anti-ads through to music videos and feature film. In Darcy’s words, “Inspiration, originality and passion are ideas that I value highly in my own work, and those that I choose to collaborate with. Therefore I am delighted to work with Geoff to bring forward his insight and knowledge, which will help us to navigate the future in the face of so much commercially-driven diatribe. Geoff's unique point of view will surely reveal important truths, in a way that avoids dry delivery or New Age clichés, so I look forward to supporting his oratory with an immersive cinematic experience.”
AAHTC – The Australian Association of Holistic & Transpersonal Counsellors Inc.
Little Gold Studio (David Butt)
INDIVIDUALS OF EXCELLENT SUPPORT
VALUED TEAM MEMBERS
Dr Laurence Coupe
Rebecca Bec Langford
Alexander De Foe
ON BOARD AND READY TO WATCH FIRST EPISODE
Andrea E Curtis
Christopher Rhett Joynes
Marco Aurélio Bilibio
THANKS ALSO TO
Thomas K. Bollinger
and Gary Wohlman and Sarah Newnham