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The Magnitude of All Things

Jennifer Abbott
2020 | 85 min

Selections and Awards

  • Winner - Best Canadian Feature Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, Toronto, Canada (2020)

  • Winner - Best Nature & People Film Ulju Mountain Film Festival, South Korea (2021)

  • Winner - Audience Choice AwardDocLands Documentary Film Festival, San Rafael, California (2021)

  • Special Mention: Documentary Riviera International Film Festival, Italy (2021)

  • Special Mention of the Jury for the Grand PrixFestival International du Film d'Environnement FReDD, Toulouse, Occitanie (2021)

  • Creative Excellence Award Banff Mountain Film Festival, Canada (2021)

  • Official Selection Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada (2020)

  • Official SelectionInternational Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Amsterdam, Netherlands (2020)

  • Official SelectionMontreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Canada (2020)

  • Official SelectionAvailable Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon (2021)

  • Official SelectionCinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California (2021)

  • Official Selection NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival, Alberta, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionDoc Edge Festival, New Zealand (2021)

  • Official CompetitionFestival du film canadien de Dieppe, France (2021)

  • Opening Gala - Official SelectionAlpin Film Festival, Romania (2021)

  • Official SelectionBergen International Film Festival, Norway (2021)

  • Official SelectionTrento Film Festival, Italy (2021)


Long Synopsis


One-Liner


INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER JENNIFER ABBOTT (THE NARWHAL – September 2020)

Promotional Materials

Trailer


Clip: Introduction to climate grief


Clip: Will my grandchildren’s eyes see what I see?


Clip: No one wants to talk about extinction


Clip: Hope is no friend of mine


Images


Inspired by her grief over the loss of her sister Saille and the changing world around her, director Jennifer Abbott tells a story of personal and planetary grief in The Magnitude of All Things.

Young Jennifer and Saille in The Magnitude of All Things, a new feature documentary by Sundance award-winning director Jennifer Abbott.
Stasia Garraway
Photo: Stasia Garraway

Director Jennifer Abbott in Devils Gullet, Tasmania, with Vince Arvidson, director of photography, and Ramsay Bourquin, location sound mixer, during a shoot for The Magnitude of All Things.
Stasia Garraway
Photo: Stasia Garraway

Director Jennifer Abbott in Labrador, Canada, during a shoot for The Magnitude of All Things.

Sarah Baikie, Nunatsiavut Elder and artist, lives in the southernmost Inuit community in Canada.

Derrick Pottle, Nunatsiavut artist, lives in the southernmost Inuit community in Canada.

Scientists are predicting that rising seas will submerge the Republic of Kiribati by 2100.

Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati, swims in the rising oceans surrounding his home.

Charlie Veron, marine scientist, diving in front of a mass of bleaching coral in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

One of 22 open-cut coal mines in Hunter Valley and the traditional territory of the Wonnarua people, in New South Wales, Australia.

Wonnarua Traditional Custodians Auntie Patricia Hansson and Uncle Kevin Taggart standing in front of Lizard Rock in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia, where 22 open-cut coal mines dot the mountains around them.

Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

Burnt trees in the Gondwana ecosystem forests in Tasmania.

Clare Farrell, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, in their headquarters in London, England.

Aftermath of bushfires in Australia.

Jo Dodds, President, Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action and City Councillor of Bega Valley Shire in New South Wales, Australia, which was devasted by bushfires.

Oil and mining exploration threaten the Amazon rainforests that Manari Ushigua, Traditional Leader of the Sápara Nation, calls home.

Inspired by her grief over the loss of her sister Saille and the changing world around her, director Jennifer Abbott tells a story of personal and planetary grief in The Magnitude of All Things.

Members of Extinction Rebellion protesting climate change in London, England.

Greta Thunberg at the Climate Strike March in Vancouver, Canada.

Inspired by the loss of her sister Saille and the changing world around her, director Jennifer Abbott tells a story of personal and planetary grief in The Magnitude of All Things.

Mukutsawa Montahuano, Youth Activist of the Sápara Nation in the Amazon rainforests of Ecuador, where oil and mining exploration threaten her home.

Team


Jennifer Abbott
Writer, Director, Editor, Sound Design, Producer (Flying Eye Productions)


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Andrew Williamson
Producer (Cedar Island Films)


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Henrik Meyer
Producer (Cedar Island Films)


Photo
Photo : John F. Weiss




Shirley Vercruysse
Producer, Executive Producer (NFB)


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Photo : Emily Cooper



Film Subjects


Sarah Baikie
Nunatsiavut Elder and Artist, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




David Bowman
Professor of Pyrogeography, Tasmania


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Ashlee Cunsolo
Labrador Institute, Labrador, Canada


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Jo Dodds
President Bushfire Survivors, Australia


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Marjorie Flowers
Labrador Land Protector, Labrador, Canada


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Sally Gillespie
Researcher and Author on Climate Psychology, Australia


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Patricia Gualinga
Human Rights Defender Kichwa People, Ecuador


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Photo : Stasia Garraway




Roger Hallam
Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder, London, UK


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Jan Harris
Bushfire Survivor, Australia


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Beth Hill
Psychology for a Safe Climate, Australia


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Photo : Stasia Garraway




Belén Páez
Community Leader Pachamama Alliance, Ecuador


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Derrick Pottle
Nunatsiavut Artist, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Auntie Patricia Hansson and Uncle Kevin Taggart
Wonnarua Traditional Custodians, Australia


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Greta Thunberg
Youth Climate Activist


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Anote Tong
Former President, Republic of Kiribati


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Photo : Stasia Garraway




Manari Ushigua
Traditional Leader Sápara Nation, Ecuador


Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway




Mukutsawa Ushigua
Sápara Nation, Ecuador


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Photo : Stasia Garraway




Lethly Vargas
Youth Activist Kichwa People, Ecuador


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Photo : Stasia Garraway




Charlie Veron
Godfather of Coral, Australia


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Photo : Stasia Garraway




Tara Samuel
Canadian actor cast as Saille


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Photo : Creative Social



Credits

A film by
Jennifer Abbott

Saille’s Letters Written by
Saille Brock Abbott

Director of Photography
Vince Arvidson

Produced by
Andrew Williamson
Henrik Meyer
Shirley Vercruysse

Directed by
Jennifer Abbott

Inspired by the life of SAILLE BROCK ABBOTT 1962-2008

Featuring
TARA SAMUEL as Saille
JESSA ABBOTT BALINT as young Saille
TAHLEA ABBOTT BALINT as young Jenn

With the participation of
SARAH BAIKIE
DAVID BOWMAN
ASHLEE CUNSOLO
JO DODDS
CLARE FARRELL
MARJORIE FLOWERS
SALLY GILLESPIE

PATRICIA GUALINGA
ROGER HALLAM
PATRICIA HANSSON
JAN HARRIS
BETH HILL
MUKUTSAWA MONTAHUANO
BELÉN PÁEZ

DERRICK POTTLE
KEVIN TAGGART
GRETA THUNBERG
H.E. ANOTE TONG
MANARI USHIGUA
LETHLY VARGA
CHARLIE VERON

Written & Directed by
JENNIFER ABBOTT

Saille’s Letters Written by
SAILLE BROCK ABBOTT

Director of Photography
VINCE ARVIDSON

Location Sound Mixer
RAMSAY BOURQUIN

Stills Photographer & Field Producer
STASIA GARRAWAY

Edited & Sound Design by
JENNIFER ABBOTT

Producers
ANDREW WILLIAMSON
HENRIK MEYER
JENNIFER ABBOTT
SHIRLEY VERCRUYSSE

Second Editors & Story Editors
HEATHER FRISE
HART SNIDER

Narration Editors
HEATHER FRISE
PETER LEVITT

Assistant Director (Australia)
TERI CALDER

First Assistant Editor
LIAM SHERRIFF

Production Accountant
SARAH TICHENOR

Narration
JENNIFER ABBOTT
TARA SAMUEL

Also featuring
TSITSANU USHIGUA DAHUA
NATHAN HUNTER
SAMMY MCNAMARA
DOMINIQUE PALMER
BROOKLYN WOLFREY
COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF THE SÁPARA NATION
COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF RIGOLET, LABRADOR
THE EXTINCTION REBELLION SAMBA BAND
& other members of Extinction Rebellion Youth, London

Location Liaisons
TERI CALDER (Australia)
ASHLEE CUNSOLO (Goosebay & Rigolet)
SANDI MICHELIN (Rigolet)
PETRA HASENFRATZ (Ecuador)
ESTEFANIA PÁEZ (Ecuador)

Production Manager
KENT DONGUINES

Production Coordinator
ROBIN MACABULOS

Ontario Unit

Unit Production Manager
GALEN BROWN

Production Designer
HELEN KOTSONIS

Assistant Camera
JACQUELINE DI BACCO

Grip
ALEXSANDRA TSE

Hair & Make-up
SHAWNNA DOWNING

Wardrobe
MERYL ALLYSA ROMO

Production Assistants
CHIARA ASIA CARNEVALE
ANDREW KIM

Title Sequence & Graphic Design
KATELAND CLARKE

Additional Camera
MIKE MCKINLAY
MITCH BAXTER
SEPEHR SAMIMI

Director’s Assistants
SEPEHR SAMIMI
NATHALIE LOPEZ
ALEX HARRIS

Additional Sound Recordist
PETER ROBINSON

Post-Production Supervisor
MICHAEL KRIEG

Additional Assistant Editors
MARINA DODIS
JOSH PRATT

Archival Researchers
JESSICA J. WISE
LANNA LUCAS
GINA CALI

Visual and Clearance Researcher
MICHELLE DEMEYERE

Music Supervisor
NATASHA DUPREY

Production Assistants
SARA GLAOUA
BECKA MESSATESTA
DANIELA FLORES
DAVID BORISH
ANDERS DAHL
MATTHEW MCCABE

Translation
EDUARDO KOHN
INDIO SARAVANJA
XAVIER ANDRES VITERI RAMOS
SHAMANO USHIGUA
MARIANO ZIMMERMAN

Transcription
ELAINE WALKDEN, Scriptastic Transcription Services

Wardrobe Assistance
GIA HASENFRATZ

Marketing, Outreach & Social Media Manager
SHARON WARREN

Post Services by
FINALÉ POST
A Picture Shop Company

Online Editor
ALLAN PINVIDIC

Colourist
ALLAN PINVIDIC

Project Manager
TERESA BECKLEY

Audio Post-Production
POSTAL AUDIO

Dialog Editor
BRAYDEN MCCLUSKEY

Additional Sound Design
CHRIS MCINTOSH
AARON TCHIR

Re-Recording Mixer
CHRIS MCINTOSH

ADR
MATTHEW FLUGGER, Busterhouse
KIRK DOUGLAS, South Island Sound Recording Studio

Camera Equipment
CANDELA COLLECTIVE

Sound Equipment
RAMSAY PICTURES

For Cedar Island Films

Production & Business Affairs
JOANNA RYBUS

Development Coordinator
ANDREA LO

For the National Film Board of Canada

Executive Producer, BC & YUKON Studio
SHIRLEY VERCRUYSSE

Line Producer
JENNIFER ROWORTH

Technical coordinator
WES MACHNIKOWSKI

Studio Administrator
CARLA JONES

Production Coordinators
NICOLAS AYERBE BARONA
NATHAN CONCHIE

Marketing Manager
KAY RONDONNEAU

Publicist
KATJA DE BOCK

For the TELUS Fund

Executive Director (directrice générale)
ELIZABETH FRIESEN

For TELEFILM CANADA

National Feature Film Executive – English Language Market
STEPHANIE AZAM

Investment Analyst
GRACE STAD

For Good Pitch Vancouver / Story Money Impact

Executive Director
SUE BIELY

Outreach Director
ANTHONY TRUONG SWAN

A Cedar Island Films
Flying Eye Productions
and The National Film Board of Canada
Co-Production

Produced with the participation of TELUS FUND
TELEFILM CANADA
and the Rogers Group of Funds,
through the Theatrical Documentary Program

With the participation of the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

© 2020 Magnitude Productions Inc. and the National Film Board of Canada



Press Relations

  • About Cedar Island Films

    Cedar Island Films is run by seasoned producers Henrik Meyer and Andrew Williamson, who produce meaningful documentaries, feature dramas and scripted series with a focus on international co-productions. Bringing together decades of domestic and international experience, Andrew, Henrik and their team develop, finance and create captivating content for broadcasters, distributors and audiences in Canada and around the world.

  • About Flying Eye Productions

    Flying Eye Productions was created by Jennifer Abbott in 1997, when the acclaimed director made her first feature documentary on a shoestring budget. A Cow at My Table exposed the cruelty of agribusiness and factory farming; it also landed her in jail, facing criminal charges for filming on slaughterhouse property. It hasn’t always been easy or straightforward, and there have been some hard-learned lessons, but Flying Eye has continued to explore the most urgent social, political and environmental issues of our time. The company is dedicated to the art of filmmaking, and to understanding and dismantling injustice in its many dynamic and presenting forms.

  • About TELUS Fund

    TELUS Fund finances exceptional content that promotes the health and well-being of Canadians. The Fund is made possible thanks to the vision of TELUS Corporation and the incredible success of TELUS TV, with more than 1.1 million customers in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. The Fund is an independently governed, not-for-profit corporation certified by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as a Canadian Independent Production Fund eligible to administer TELUS Corporation’s financial contributions in support of Canadian programming. Since launching in 2013, the Fund has committed over 35M to more than 100 projects.

  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences, working with talented creators across the country. The NFB is taking action to combat systemic racism and become a more open and diverse organization, while working to strengthen Indigenous-led production and gender equity in film and digital media. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including 12 Oscars. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.