Thursday, June 6, 2019

Announcing the SEC's Short Film on World Environment Day

As part of faith based actions for World Environment Day on June 5th, the Stewardship of the Environment Committee (SEC) in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal formally announced the making of a short environmentally themed film. This film tells the tale of Aya as she embarks on a fantastical cross-generational quest to redeem the sanctity and memory of her grandmother’s garden.

The SEC has chosen to make a film because we are looking to broaden our reach but even more importantly we aspire to reach people in a way that resonates and augurs action. We know that facts alone are not getting through to everyone and as we reviewed in the SEC's fifth quarterly report for Bishop Mary we believe that faith communities are in a unique position to address the environmental crises we face.
"I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that."

 - Gus Speth, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
This film has been in the works for years and thanks to the involvement of Ashley Gilmour and her talented team we are pleased to announce that the project is finally coming to fruition. Ashley is a film editor and writer who has worked with the Anglican Diocese of Montreal.

Ashley has also written the documentary Daughters of the Voice which chronicles women from various religious traditions who overcome gender barriers to rediscover universal connection and harmony as they re-imagine the role of ancient sacred music in the modern world. She co-wrote A People's Soundtrack (PBS, 2019) the story of Montreal's Jewish cantors as they fight to preserve their beloved artform and she edited the short nature themed film Hannah & the Wolf.

As explained on Ashley's website:
"Our stories are delicate, and they ought to be told as such. The pace at which I work upholds steadiness, slowness, and mindfulness to help create films that reveal deeper and quieter truths, rather than hurried and loud generalities. The atmosphere of my creative process is just as important as the mood of my films. I aim to work alongside other artists who appreciate the fragility of the human spirit, the sanctity of life, and the sway of beauty. Kindled by a fascination with the human experience, the art of conversation, and rhythmic emotional landscapes, I edit and write documentaries, films, and client videos."
Ashley's creations have been screened on television and at film festivals and we are blessed to have her and her team working on our project. Over the coming months we will provide ongoing behind the scenes updates on the making of the film. Please stay tuned!

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