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The Magnitude of All Things

Jennifer Abbott
2020 | 85 min

Selections and Awards

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

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

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


Long Synopsis


One-Liner

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.
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. Photo : Stasia Garraway
Director Jennifer Abbott in Labrador, Canada, during a shoot for The Magnitude of All Things. Photo : Stasia Garraway
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)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Jennifer Abbott

Jennifer Abbott is a Sundance and Genie award-winning filmmaker who has been making films about urgent social, political and environmental issues for 25 years. She is best known as the co-director and editor of The Corporation, frequently described as the most successful documentary in Canadian history. She also co-directed, co-wrote and edited Us & Them; co-wrote and edited Sea Blind; executive produced and edited I Am; and made the short Brave New Minds, among other films. In 2020, Abbott will release two feature documentaries: The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (co-director and supervising editor) and The Magnitude of All Things (writer, director, editor, sound design and co-producer).


Andrew Williamson
Producer (Cedar Island Films)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Andrew Williamson

Andrew Williamson executive produced the award-winning doc series Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH for The Knowledge Network/Discovery and High Moon, a pilot co-venture with Universal Cable Productions and executive producer Bryan Fuller, and Gastown Gamble for the OWN Network. He was the producer of Sk8 Life, which premiered at the Sundance International Film Festival.

In 2018, Andrew co-founded Cedar Island Films with Henrik Meyer. With this new joint company, they delivered the Canadian/German co-production The Whale and the Raven with the National Film Board of Canada and ZDF/ARTE, which won the WIFTV Artistic Merit Award at VIFF, and have recently finished The Magnitude of All Things with director Jennifer Abbott (The Corporation).

Andrew is on the Branch Council of the CMPA – BC Producers Branch, Co-chair of the CMPA IR Committee and on the Film Advisory Board for Langara College. He’s the founder of Crazy8s and volunteers with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to help educate people about climate change.


Henrik Meyer
Producer (Cedar Island Films)
Biography
Photo
Photo : John F. Weiss


Henrik Meyer

When Henrik Meyer immigrated to Canada from Germany, he was already a seasoned film producer, having jump-started his career with Rainer Kaufmann’s 1995 hit comedy Talk of the Town—the most successful German theatrical release of that year. His last production in Germany was Margarethe von Trotta’s Rosenstrasse, which received a gala presentation at TIFF and won awards at several European festivals, including the Venice Film Festival. It became one of the most successful foreign-language films at the US box office in 2004.

His first film as a Canadian producer, Paul Fox’s Everything’s Gone Green, was released in 2006. Based on Douglas Coupland’s script, it won Leo Awards for Best Picture and Best Screenplay in British Columbia. Since then, Henrik has produced television programs and feature films in Canada, most of them with European partners, including Gold, a contender at the 2013 Berlinale, and the multi-award-winning Shana: The Wolf’s Music.

Henrik now lives as a Buddhist with his husband in Vancouver’s West End. In 2018, he co-founded Cedar Island Films with Andrew Williamson: their mission is to produce meaningful documentary and scripted features and series, with a strong focus on international co-productions. They are in development for a diverse slate of projects with the CBC in Canada and with Studio Hamburg, Spiegel TV, ATF and Bavaria Studios in Germany.


Shirley Vercruysse
Producer, Executive Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Emily Cooper


Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s new releases include the feature-length documentaries The Magnitude of All Things and Sovereign Soil, along with recent releases The Whale and the Raven, Because We Are Girls and the musical documentary The Road Forward. Short works include the documentaries Now Is the Time and Highway to Heaven, the animated films Old Dog and The Zoo, as well as the Webby Award-winning docu-series True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.

Film Subjects


Sarah Baikie
Nunatsiavut Elder and Artist, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Sarah Baikie

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


David Bowman
Professor of Pyrogeography, Tasmania
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


David Bowman

David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography, Tasmania.


Ashlee Cunsolo
Labrador Institute, Labrador, Canada
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Ashlee Cunsolo

Ashlee Cunsolo, Labrador Institute, Labrador, Canada.


Jo Dodds
President Bushfire Survivors, Australia
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Jo Dodds

Jo Dodds, President Bushfire Survivors, Australia.


Marjorie Flowers
Labrador Land Protector, Labrador, Canada
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Marjorie Flowers

Marjorie Flowers, Labrador Land Protector, Labrador, Canada.


Sally Gillespie
Researcher and Author on Climate Psychology, Australia
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Sally Gillespie

Sally Gillespie, Researcher and Author on Climate Psychology, Australia.


Patricia Gualinga
Human Rights Defender Kichwa People, Ecuador
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Patricia Gualinga

Patricia Gualinga, Human Rights Defender Kichwa People, Ecuador.


Roger Hallam
Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder, London, UK
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Roger Hallam

Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder, London, UK.


Jan Harris
Bushfire Survivor, Australia
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Jan Harris

Jan Harris, Bushfire Survivor, Australia.


Beth Hill
Psychology for a Safe Climate, Australia
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Beth Hill

Beth Hill, Psychology for a Safe Climate, Australia.


Belén Páez
Community Leader Pachamama Alliance, Ecuador
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Belén Páez

Belén Páez, Community Leader Pachamama Alliance, Ecuador.


Derrick Pottle
Nunatsiavut Artist, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Derrick Pottle

Derrick Pottle, Nunatsiavut Artist, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada.


Auntie Patricia Hansson and Uncle Kevin Taggart
Wonnarua Traditional Custodians, Australia
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Auntie Patricia Hansson and Uncle Kevin Taggart

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


Greta Thunberg
Youth Climate Activist
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg, Youth Climate Activist.


Anote Tong
Former President, Republic of Kiribati
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Anote Tong

Anote Tong, Former President, Republic of Kiribati.

 


Manari Ushigua
Traditional Leader Sápara Nation, Ecuador
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Manari Ushigua

Manari Ushigua, Traditional Leader Sápara Nation, Ecuador.


Mukutsawa Ushigua
Sápara Nation, Ecuador
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Mukutsawa Ushigua

Mukutsawa Ushigua, Sápara Nation, Ecuador.


Lethly Vargas
Youth Activist Kichwa People, Ecuador
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Lethly Vargas

Lethly Vargas, Youth Activist Kichwa People, Ecuador.


Charlie Veron
Godfather of Coral, Australia
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stasia Garraway


Charlie Veron

Charlie Veron, Godfather of Coral, Australia.

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 the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 27 Canadian Screen Awards, 21 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB creators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.