THE CARBON RUSH
Canada, 2012, 84’
Editing: Boban Chaldovich
Photography: Paul Kell
Producer: Byron A Martin, Amy Miller
Producer Company: Wide Open Exposure Productions, Byron A Martin Productions
Music: Benoit Groulx
Sound: Dan Lagace
Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil. What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And what about the people and the communities where these projects have been set up?
Amy Miller is an award winning media maker and social justice organizer based in Montréal. Her documentaries include ‘No Land No Food No Life’ a hard-hitting film on the economy, agricultural land grabs and the changes to farmers’ lives around the world and ‘The Carbon Rush, a global exposé on false capitalist-oriented so called solutions regarding the climate crisis. She directed the featurette documentary ‘Myths for Profit: Canada’s Role In Industries of War and Peace’ which was screened thoroughly across Canada and at festivals including the Milano Film Festival, RIDM and won the People’s Choice award at the Bay Street Film Festival. Her first doc ‘Outside of Europe’, on the exclusionary nature of immigration and border policies continues to be screened around the world. She continues to focus on developing critical documentaries for transformative social change and helping out grassroots campaigns for justice.
17th Annual MEFEST, Best Original Screenplay for feature documentary, 2013