Kent Tate: Carbon Sky Preview - Single Channel movie. Moving Images & Music - Kent Tate 14:45


During the in-between period of the 2017 record breaking forest fires and the 2018 record breaking forest fires, conditions were often ideal in the BC interior for filming at a fixed place with a fixed camera. I would often return to the exact same location time and time again. Sometimes five, ten, or twenty times over a period of days, weeks, and months. Usually I would only wait and observe, although occasionally I would record what I was seeing with my camera.

The locations that sustained my fascination were more or less located in a geographical triangle from Kamloops to the east, Cache Creek to the west, and Spences Bridge to the south. My main focus was on the semi-deserts, deep valleys, and plateaus to define how I see the interactions of the natural and manufactured worlds, worlds brought into my perspective by the ever changing presence of shadow and light. While I was filming in these places I was never able to separate my imagination from the political, commercial and cultural impacts that influence these landscapes and it is these relationships that shaped what I saw.

Filmed by Kent Tate on location in the interior of British Columbia + a mysterious visitation by Buckminster Fuller. An early 20th Century electro magnetic coil appears briefly after his visit.

“our economic system and our planetary system are now at war. Or, more accurately, our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life. What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity’s use of resources; what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion. Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it’s not the laws of nature.” - Naomi Klein, This changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Carbon Sky is distributed by: 
The Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) - Toronto, Canada 
Satellite Video Exchange Society (VIVO Media Arts Centre) - Vancouver, Canada