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Celebrate Earth Day with the NFB Film Club! Metamorphosis, a cinematic poem for our planet by Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami, currently screening in 33 libraries across Canada.


April 18, 2019 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

To mark Earth Day on Monday, April 22, the NFB Film Club is pleased to present, free of charge in 33 public libraries across the country, 35 screenings of Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami’s visually stunning feature documentary Metamorphosis, co-produced by Clique Pictures, Transparent Film and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Offering a vision of hope for humanity and the world we live in, the film is being shown from April 10 to May 7, with 25 screenings in English and 10 in French. Many of the screenings will be followed by discussions or talks on various topics related to the environment: for example, the filmmakers will be in attendance for the screening at the Vancouver Central Library on April 27, and the screening at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library on May 7 will be co-hosted by the Pictou County Naturalists Society. From large cities to small towns, from coast to coast, NFB Film Club member libraries have joined forces to foster, through cinema, a collective movement for change as we face the future. For all the details on the Metamorphosis screenings, please visit: events.nfb.ca (in English) or evenements.onf.ca (in French).

About the film

Metamorphosis takes the pulse of our Earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another.

The film captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis. Forest fires consume communities, species vanish, and entire ecosystems collapse. Economic growth, tied to increased speed of resource extraction, has created a machine with the capacity to destroy all life.

But this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world.

The film is produced by Lauren Grant (Clique Pictures), Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper (Transparent Film) and Bonnie Thompson and David Christensen (NFB). The executive producers are David Christensen (NFB North West Studio) and John Bain.

About the filmmakers

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 the 2005 Genie Award for best feature documentary, continued with 2008’s award-winning Fierce Light 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.

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 and Army of One.

About the NFB Film Club

A collaborative initiative, the Film Club works with libraries to make the NFB’s rich film collection accessible free of charge to communities across the country. In its programming, you’ll find films for both adults and children: new releases exploring hot topics, timely and thought-provoking documentaries, award-winning animation, and a few timeless classics as well.


Related Products

Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopses: Metamorphosis
For screening details, please visit events.nfb.ca (in English) or evenements.onf.ca (in French).

Associated Links

Clique Pictures
Vancouver Central Library
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

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