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Director MARTEN PERSIEL (Germany/Netherlands 2021) 93 min
This genre-bending documentary serves as both a jarring awakening and a cautionary tale regarding the future of Earth, revealing what will happen if we don’t take action to divert the current climate emergency. Viewers are transported to the year 2054 where they find a gloomy city surrounded by eerie pink flora. In the midst of a society ruled by internet algorithms and technology, three friends see the light after a chance encounter with an elder underground conservationist. Following their discovery of a fading videotape filled with images of biodiversity they don’t understand, and curious creatures called “giraffes”, they set out to change the world, daring to travel back in time to the decade that holds the power to determine Earth’s future, the 2020s. With a mixture of scientific analysis provided by bona fide scientists and futuristic tales, Everything Will Change shows that humanity holds the power to reverse course before it’s too late.
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IN PERSON: Director MARTEN PERSIEL, Graphic Art Director THEKLA PRIEBST and Film Subject DR. RODOLFO DIRZO, Bing Professor in Environmental Science Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University.
SUNDAY, MAY 8 • 6:30 PM
$14 MEMBERS | $16.50 GENERAL
MARTEN PERSIEL is a captain and a storyteller. The polyglot Berliner spent his life migrating through the UK, Spain, the Philippines, Brazil, and Portugal, always working as author and director for both long-form narrative and short commercial movies.
Persiel’s trademarks are his close bonds with his protagonists and his very own, off-key aesthetics. He always searches for unusual, less restrictive narrative formats to tell his stories. His debut Film This Ain’t California—which he calls a “documentary tale” for its unconventional weaving together of fact and fiction—has won a host of international awards and had a successful worldwide cinematic release. The quirky new feature Everything Will Change, a futuristic fairytale eight years in the making, is his second confident step onto the international cinema stage. It again employs an unforeseeable narrative twist to highlight what he deems “the most important yet under-exposed issue of our time”: the loss of natural diversity and wildlife.
|RUNNING TIME:||93 min|
|PRODUCERS:||Katharina Bergfeld, Martin Heisler
Line Producer Spain Segment: Omar Colado
|EDITORS:||Maxine Goedicke, Bobby Good|
|CAST:||Noah Saavedra, Jessamine-Bliss Bell, Paul G. Raymond, Jacqueline Chan, Gert Jan Louwe, Vibeke Hastrup|
|NOTE WRITER:||Amari Gaiter|