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Directors DANIELLA ORTEGA, NIOBE THOMPSON (AUSTRALIA/CANADA 2021) 86 min
Humans—along with essentials like the sun, fire, plastic, and plants—are one of many things born of carbon. Social discourse routinely vilifies this crucial and life-giving element, instead fixating on its destructive characteristics that we alone are responsible for extracting. Carbon seeks to change that narrative. This film demystifies the most talked about but least understood element on earth, reveling in its omnipresent complexities. Carbon is personified as a woman—voiced by Sarah Snook of HBO’s Succession—and serves as the film’s central narrator. Interviews with passionate scientists (including Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson) are intermingled with imaginative animation, pertinent archival footage, and exquisite shots of plant and human life. We explore carbon’s role in everything from star formation to global warming and photosynthesis, as filmmakers Daniella Ortega and Niobe Thompson paint a lyrical picture of the interconnectivity of all living things.
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DANIELLA ORTEGA is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screen professional dedicated to excellence in storytelling and communicating complex concepts in innovative ways. Focused on high-end documentaries about science, history, and natural history, Daniella has recently joined the documentary team at Screen Australia as a Development and Investment Manager, a role that allows her to draw on her experience to support the wider documentary industry.
The documentaries of anthropologist-filmmaker NIOBE THOMPSON reach back to our human origins, explore the mysteries of evolution, and tackle the environmental dilemmas of the Anthropocene. Niobe’s work has won three Canadian Screen Awards for Best Science and Nature Documentary, wins at Sundance and Jackson Hole, and two Emmy nominations. Niobe will start filming in 2022 on a new documentary for Tangled Bank Studios called Before the Ice, about the ancient DNA revolution.
|RUNNING TIME:||86 min|
|DIRECTORS:||Daniella Ortega, Niobe Thompson|
|PRODUCERS:||Niobe Thompson, Sonya Pemberton, Lucy Maclaren|
|CINEMATOGRAPHERS:||Sherwin Akbarzadeh, Athan Merrick|
|EDITOR:||Andrew Arestides ASE|
|NOTE WRITER:||Katie Small|