A provocative and breathtaking wakeup call - a cross continental cinematic journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species.
Directed by Guy Reid
Produced by Christoph Ferstad, Guy Reid, Steve Watts Kennedy
Co-director: Steve Watts Kennedy
Executive Producers: Paul Hawken, Stephen Apkon
Director of Photography: Christoph Ferstad
Editor: Steve Watts Kennedy
Writer: Steve Watts Kennedy
Original Score: Human Suits
a PLANETARY COLLECTIVE in association with RECONSIDER film
[Note: Community screenings of PLANETARY can be booked at Bullfrog Communities.]
"Planetary will make you stop and think about your place in the universe." Huffington Post Green
We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected.
PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call -- a cross continental, cinematic journey. The film takes us from one of the truly extraordinary events of our civilization, space travel, and looks at how this gave us a totally different perspective on the Earth. It is a humbling reminder of the near-incalculable breadth of our impact on the earth, intellectually challenges us to reconsider our relationship with our home and the urgency to shift our perspective -- to remember that we are planetary.
Featuring interviews with thirty renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison, celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, the 17th Karmapa, Janine Benyus, Wade Davis, Joanna Macy, PLANETARY takes viewers on a cinematic journey to experience our world like never before.
Grade Level: 7 - 12, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2016
Copyright Date: 2015
DVD ISBN: 1-941545-58-0
"For the first time, I not only saw the fragility of the planet...I felt it."
Huffington Post Entertainment
"A fabulous film that could have long-reaching impact and continue generating interest over many years. Planetary is a gift to the rising consciousness among those who see and feel themselves as planetary citizens and for those who could benefit from such a worldview. Words of insight and wisdom from the thinkers progress here like poignant epigrams, each of which could front entire chapters of discourse."
Tyler Volk, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, New York University, Author, Quarks to Culture (forthcoming)
"Planetary is a beautiful film for birthing a planetary consciousness. Many are seeking to move beyond anthropocentric thinking and this film helps point the way."
John Grim, Co-Director and Co- Founder, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University
"Stunning...A most impressive logistical and aesthetic feat...It gradually moves toward a more philosophical call for change in how individuals and societies view themselves - as participants in, rather than consumers of, a unique and fragile ecosystem."
Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Here is a documentary about our eco-social crisis that foregoes reiterating the standard litany of woes. Instead it goes right to the heart of the matter: the rupture of our relationship with the Earth and with one another and the spiritual awakening needed to change our historical course. Educators will appreciate the seamless presentation of thought-provoking, luminous ideas. Planetary is bound to spark lively discussion in the classroom."
Eileen Crist, Associate Professor of Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"This film moved me to tears more than once with its sheer beauty"
The Mind Reels
"The environmental crisis is manifest across many dimensions of ecology and ideology, technology and the economy, culture, religion, and spirituality, and both social and personal psychology. This film suggests there is a hope; transformation is possible...Understanding that we are planetary is the heart of a new story, a story fit for the Anthropocene."
Allen Thompson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University, Co-Editor, Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change
"This film is a very useful guide, leading high school, college, or even adult audiences through the steps needed to recognize what kind of transformation in our thinking is needed...For those who recall first seeing the image of the whole Earth from space, the film is deeply moving. For younger audiences the history of how this idea first dawned--simultaneously with Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis--will be just as moving and inspiring of hope."
James Strick, Professor of Earth and Environment, Chair of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, Franklin and Marshall College
"Urges viewers to take an astronaut's-eye view of their home planet."
"An extraordinarily sane film that through stirring imagery and convincing argument calls for a revolution in our global consciousness. The film weaves together interviews with ecologists, philosophers, anthropologists, monks, and astronauts--and it should tell us something that visionaries from these disparate fields are all reaching similar conclusions. I will draw on Planetary in my courses in Ohio and abroad to ask the big questions--the questions that should be framing our studies and our actions."
Chris Myers, Professor of Zoology, Founding Director of Project Dragonfly, Miami University
"Thought-provoking...moving and beautiful"
Mother Nature Network
"A powerful argument...Reminds us that the narrative wisdom from the natural and physical sciences of the past 400 years suggests that we are, through and through, planetary creatures. How will we use this planetary knowledge to develop a planetary ethic based not only on the idea that we are planetary (not national) citizens, but creatures among creatures facing a common future?"
Whitney Bauman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Florida International University, Author, Religion and Ecology: Developing a Planetary Ethic
"Highly Recommended...Striking aerial and close-up cinematography of nature and our fabricated environment with locales from New York to Las Vegas, Japan, forests, deserts, and more...The film contrasts the view that 'the universe was made for us' with 'the earth is one system, and we're all part of that system'...Invites us to slow down and pay attention."
Jim Hobbs, Educational Media Reviews Online
"Planetary offers magical Earth visions from astronauts in space and classic environmental meditations on the deep connections between humanity and nature. This film crystallizes traditional environmental narratives of ecological crisis caused by a hubristic humanity that sees itself as above and separate from nature while lighting a way forward through new narratives of a 'life-sustaining' 'planetary movement.'"
Erle C. Ellis, Professor, Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland - Baltimore
"Visually stunning...The tone is universally hopeful...A film that is beautiful to watch and interesting to think about."
Joshua Terry, Deseret News
"Planetary connects the science of cosmic and biospheric processes to ancient cosmologies and to modern beliefs systems. The film is a thought experiment for all of us, including teachers and students, who wish to draw on the best insights and knowledges of the past and present as we imagine and build livable and desirable futures for the next generations of our planet's interdependent species."
Joni Adamson, Professor of Environmental Humanities, Arizona State University, Co-editor, Keywords for Environmental Studies
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Our 2-DVD edition contains the following features and extras:
84 minute version with stereo
and 5.1 surround audio options
52 minute version
18 minute award-winning short film "Overview"
Earth Day Trailer
Theatrical Release Trailer
English subtitles (optional)
43 minute Educational Version
72-page Educational Edition Teaching Guide PDF
Host a community screening
Awards and Festivals
World Premiere, SXSW
Award for Excellence, G2 Green Earth Film Festival
Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival Australia
Spirit Film Festival, Tel Aviv
Reykjavik International film Festival
Green Film Festival, Buenos Aires
Eastern Oregon Film Festival
Flicks 4 Change Film Festival
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"The film will encourage viewers to recognize that reflecting on ourselves, our identity, and our relationship with nature can help us find solutions to environmental problems."
Susan Clayton, Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies, College of Wooster
"Beautiful imagery...Useful as supplemental material in environmental science and ecology studies."
Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, School Library Journal
"Awe-inspiring imagery...Woven throughout are insights and wisdom from astronauts, biologists, philosophers, Zen Buddhist priests, and leaders of indigenous peoples who provide not only downbeat assessments of our current state but also hopeful paths forward."
Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle
"A call for worldwide action to save the Earth"
The Toronto Film Scene