“Trailer for Adventurous Documentary CANARY Follows a "Real Life Indiana Jones" Climate Scientist”
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired a new adventurous documentary film titled Canary, and the first trailer has been released for it. This doc follows the adventures of a climate scientist who’s been referred to as “the closest living thing to Indiana Jones.”
The film centers on Doctor Lonnie Thompson, who is referred to as an explorer “who went where no scientist had gone before and transformed our idea of what is possible.” One of his specialties is going to remote locations at various regions of the world to drill out ice cores for analysis. His goal is to try and gain a better understanding of Earth’s climate.
The description reads: “Daring to seek Earth’s history contained in glaciers atop the tallest mountains in the world, Lonnie found himself on the frontlines of climate change—his life’s work evolving into a salvage mission to recover these priceless historical records before they disappear forever.”
Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger said in a statement: “Canary is a thrilling story featuring a real-life superhero working against all odds to make a better future for everyone. It’s adventurous, thrilling, and pulls at your heart strings. Devin Whetstone’s gorgeous cinematography captures Lonnie’s personal story while setting it against the epic nature of the Peruvian Andes. We’re excited to bring this to theaters so audiences can have the opportunity to witness it in all its glory, big and loud.”
Danny O’Malley, a producer on Chef’s Table, directed the film with MIT-trained Neuroscientist Alex Rivest, PhD. O’Malley said: “When we told people we wanted to take a Chef’s Table camera crew up an 18,000-ft mountain in the middle of nowhere, people thought we were crazy.”
Rivest added, “At that elevation, we had half the oxygen that there is at sea level, shooting this film was the hardest thing we’ve done in our lives. We pushed ourselves to the limit to tell this unbelievable story, and with Oscilloscope’s support the world is about to find out why. There is nobody on earth like Lonnie Thompson.”
Producer Andrew Fried called the directing duo “two of the most passionate and gifted storytellers I’ve had the honor of working with.” He added: “Canary is an impactful, entertaining, and important film that showcases their commitment and eye toward compelling characters and essential storytelling. Boardwalk is proud to have partnered on this film with them and could not be more excited to introduce Dr. Lonnie Thompson’s story to the world.”
The director of the film added: “When we say Lonnie is like a real-life superhero, it’s not hyperbole. Unlike the glaciers at the poles, the tropical high mountain glaciers Lonnie studies provide water to billions of people, and when they are gone, there’s going to be catastrophic consequences that will affect everyone. Lonnie is doing his work and telling his story because it can save lives. So, it’s not just a great adventure story. It has the potential to make a difference.”
I love going out to remote locations and exploring! It’s one of my favorite things in the world to do and I wish I could do it as a living! How awesome would that be!? I would love to go on an adventure with this guy!
The movie is set to open in limited release on September 15 followed by a one-night-only special nationwide screening on September 20th.