'Planetary' Documentary Features NASA Imagery and Earthly Sights, to Be Released on Earth Day
This Earth Day, filmmakers Guy Reid and Steve Kennedy will celebrate our planet by releasing their new documentary, Planetary, which contains all the Earth porn you'll ever need in service of a larger environmental and spiritual message.
As seen in the trailer, the film will juxtapose images of Earth from NASA missions with everyday scenes from Earthly life, at Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas and in downtown Tokyo and Manhattan. It will also feature interviews with many experts who will speak to their perspective on our planet, including astronauts Mae Jemison and Ron Garan, cosmologist Brian Swimme, National Geographic explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, and physicist Peter Russell, as well as poets, authors, philosophers, environmentalists, doctors, Buddhist scholars, and more.
Here is the official summary of the film:
PLANETARY is a feature length documentary that expands on the mind-blowing perspective shared by astronauts and indigenous elders alike - that each and every one of us is inseparable from each other, the planet and the universe as a whole, a realisation that is both humbling and comforting. If more of us start to experience the simple truth of our interdependence and connection, we believe there is hope for the next stage in our human journey. PLANETARY is meant to inspire awe and wonder by seeing things as they are, placing our individual stories in the context of the larger planetary / cosmic story.
Ultimately, the film makes the assertion that we are in the midst of a global crisis, brought on by a disconnection from Earth and from each other. Stephen Apkon, president of associated production company Reconsider, said of the film, "At the heart of all of our environmental and social challenges is a profound disconnection with the natural world. Planetary deals with this magnificently – not from a place of fear, but of affection. For this planet we call home and for the experience of life itself."
Planetary will be released in theaters and on Vimeo on April 22.