Imagine you’ve left the old story behind. You know, the one that takes for granted that Earth belongs to humans to exploit at will. You’ve started a hike into the unknown. There’s no map and for all you know you could be going in circles. But when you turn around and see the smog hanging over the world you left behind, you realize that even if you’re lost and without a map, you’re still on the right track.
Podcast with Antoinette & Jordan of Happen Films
What’s the role of filmmakers in times of ecological and social collaps? Can we in fact contribute to positive change through making inspirational and solutions-focused films? Or are we simply doing what we love doing, and deluding ourselves when we think it’s important work?
Happen Films is a production company based in New Zealand that produces films on topics like permaculture, regenerative farming and waste-free living. It’s run by my friends and colleagues Antoinette Wilson and Jordan Osmond.
For the past few years Campfire Stories and Happen Films have followed and supported each other’s work. But this is the first time we actually sit down for a proper chat to compare notes and share visions for the future.
A film about Ben Bushill and his poem “The One Puzzle”. An attempt to speak to us all, no matter our background, of the wondrous strangeness and simplicity of being a human on planet Earth. The film is part documentary, part “spoken word music video”.
My meeting with Charles Eisenstein, whose book “The Ascent of Humanity” helped me figure out what was “off” in this world, and how it could be instead.
A film about communication with nature, featuring amazing talents like Charu Hariharan and Andris Bird Whisperer.
Two men from completely different cultures meet and start playing together on the subway platforms of New York. A documentary about friendship, migration and the unifying power of music.
I tell a friend I’ve moved to Järna, Sweden – a place of alternative ideas. “Oh, really? Aren’t those the nutjobs who bury cow skulls in the fields?”. I decide to find out what biodynamic farming is.
A bird falls dead at my feet and sends my thoughts spinning. An image of me on my own death bed. What will I be thinking about in my waning moments?
In this interview the topics range from grief to artificial intelligence to what regular people can do to contribute to a more beautiful world.
An excercise into the adult mystery of deep living. A Campfire Stories podcast episode with Stephen Jenkinson.
An interview with Stephen Jenkinson at his farm in Canada on topics like palliative care, death phobia, burial practices and the meat industry.
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