Kent Tate is an award winning Canadian artist/filmmaker whose work explores the dichotomy between tranquility and activity in our natural and manufactured worlds. Time, motion and stillness are intertwined through Tate's work to act like a fulcrum upon which the environmental, social and philosophical aspects of his projects are held in dynamic balance. Tate has been exhibited/screened internationally at film/new media festivals, symposiums, juried screenings/exhibitions, and solo gallery exhibitions/tours.

Kent Tate: Carbon Sky (preview clip no.1)


Born in Rivers, Manitoba, Kent Tate is currently based in British Columbia where he has completed a suite of four new films: Sensors - Carbon Sky - Furnace - Cornucopia. Since 2016 he has been filming in the interior of British Columbia, observing and recording the interactions of shadow and light that co-exist in its natural and manufactured worlds. In that time over 25000 square kilometres of land was destroyed during two record breaking wildfire seasons.

While Tate was in these places he was never able to separate his imagination from the political, commercial and cultural impacts that influence these landscapes, and it's these relationships that shaped everything he saw. In spite of what seemed like endless smoke and haze at times, days of illuminating light did occur, reminders of a world that once was, a world rapidly changing in the midst of the Anthropocene.

Director's notes: One of the unintended consequences of global warming and air pollution is the increasing smoke and haze in the atmosphere. This creates what climate scientists refer to as “Global Dimming.” Colors and forms that were once so vivid have become increasingly muted as the intricate relationships of light and shadow recede under a grey metallic dome.