Pre-production // Summer 2020
Production // Summer 2021
Wrap // November 2021
Estimated Run Time // 15 mins
// Chasing beauty in a changing landscape //
For over 10,000 years, the Rocky Mountains have offered home, refuge, and sustenance to Indigenous Peoples. The peaks and wide valleys have seeped in stories since time immemorial within the traditional territories of Ktunaxa Nation, Secwépemc First Nations, Treaty 6, 7 and 8 Nations, and Regions 3 and 4 of the Métis Nation of Alberta.
The Rockies also inspired generations of artists, travelers, and adventurers and now support communities of millions of people who depend on the health of the mountains.
But the future of the Rockies is in peril.
Rockies Repeat is a documentary, exhibit, and digital storytelling capsule that bears witness to climate change in the Canadian Rockies through the eyes of emerging artists.
Our all-woman collective of Indigenous and settler artists travel by foot to revisit iconic sites in the Canadian Rockies painted by early Banff artist, Catharine Robb Whyte a century ago as a bellwether for climate change.
Honour iconic Rocky Mountain landscapes as traditional lands seeped in story and culture.
Pay tribute to the role that Catharine Robb Whyte played in breaking barriers for female creators in the Rockies.
Raise awareness about impacts of climate change in the Canadian Rockies that threaten the future of the places we love.
OUR CREATIVE APPROACH
Rockies Repeat is a human-powered creative journey where culture meets conservation and the past and present intersect.
Honouring Indigenous history and culture is a foundational component to the project. Wherever possible, we will use traditional place names, recognize traditional territories, and will reframe colonial legacies that excluded Indigenous Peoples from the land and our cultural narratives.
Layering present on past is a creative philosophy we will apply to all aspects of the film. We are using vintage cinema prime lenses shot in 4K wide frame format. Vibrant images of the artists juxtapose archival footage and original photos and artwork of the artists and ancestors that came before them.
Rich textures from the mountains will interlace interviews with knowledge keepers, historians, and climate change research who provide context about how these mountains -- and the way we see them -- have changed in a century, and what lies ahead for the next generation of artists in the Rockies.