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Film features this world, and the next

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is pleased to announce the Gibsons screening of our coproduction “Metamorphosis” on Jan.18 at the Heritage Playhouse.

A still from the film “Metamorphosis” shows an art installation in Munich, Germany where statues of people have been constructed with trash. Velcrow Ripper photo

Directed by Gibsons-based filmmakers Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper, this film captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis but also presents a hopeful opportunity for transformation. It does so by following artists and activists all over the world who managed to cope with some aspects of climate change.

A poem for the planet, “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.

“Metamorphosis” 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.

“Metamorphosis” provides examples of a new vision for the world, like the high-rise buildings in Milan, Italy that are covered with trees and bushes to help mitigate the effects of climate change. Velcrow Ripper photo

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.

In Milan, architects design vertical forests, urban towers covered with trees and bushes that reduce CO2, produce oxygen, and give new life to the city. In Phoenix, Arizona, swimming pools are repurposed into self-sustaining gardens, lush with plants and fish that generate food for people. In Los Angeles, installing solar panels in underserved neighbourhoods provides cleaner energy to families who normally would not be able to access it.

Woven through these and other stories of creativity and reinvention from artists, scientists, thinkers, and young children are creative, systemic solutions for our planet, and for our communities as well.

From the deep ecologic connection that humans share with each other, a radical form of hope emerges, vibrant and alive, like a chrysalis splitting open to reveal some new thing ready to take flight. “Metamorphosis” cinematically delves into how humanity is being transformed in new ways by the environmental crises we have created.

Gibsons-based filmmakers Nova Ami, left, and Velcrow Ripper will appear at the local screening of “Metamorphsis”, and also lead a workshop on the film. Grant Baldwin photo

Co-director Velcrow Ripper was born and raised in Gibsons. After living in Toronto and New York, he returned to Gibsons this past summer with his wife and co-director, Nova Ami, and their young son Phoenix.

Co-producer Lauren Grant grew up in Gibsons.

Ami and Ripper will appear at a Q&A session at the film showing, Jan. 18, 7pm at the Heritage Theatre. Tickets are $10, plus fees ( The filmmakers, who are certified life coaches, will also host a workshop about the film, 2-4:30pm on Jan. 20.


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