Interview with Directors Danny O’Malley and Alex Rivest about the new documentary CANARY:


Supported by VoLo Foundation, the compelling documentary highlights Dr. Lonnie Thompson’s journey in his quest to prove the impact of climate change

By Carlos Roa

Canary, an emotional documentary, delving into the life and work of trailblazing climate scientist Dr. Lonnie Thompson, premiered on September 20th in New York City, coinciding with Climate Week NYC. The organizers of the event described the movie as “A groundbreaking climate film, critical for anyone motivated to save the planet”.

VoLo Foundation supported the production of this film, which captures the excitement and challenges inherent in scientific exploration, portraying Dr. Lonnie Thompson’s daring expeditions to some of the world’s most remote and dangerous spots as he uncovers scientific evidence affirming climate change.

The film was co-directed by Danny O’Malley, a Grammy-nominated director known for ‘Chef’s Table,’ and Alex Rivest, a scientist with a Ph.D. trained at MIT.

Canary traces the journey of pioneering scientist Dr. Thompson as he endeavors to demonstrate the substantial reduction in the coverage of mountaintop glacier ice in the tropics of all four hemispheres – in some instances, as much as a staggering 93% less – compared to just half a century ago.

His observations of these glaciers underscore the alarming consequences of global warming, surpassing natural climate fluctuations witnessed over millennia.

Dr. Lonney Thompson and David S. Vogel at the premiere of the film

Immersive Scientific Experience

This meticulously crafted documentary immerses viewers in the world of glacier research, allowing them to participate in data collection alongside Dr. Thompson.

It provides an in-depth exploration of the Quelccaya Ice Cap, the second-largest glaciated area in the tropics, situated in the Cordillera of the Andes mountains in Peru. It delves into the profound impact of this massive ice formation on a nearby community, recounting the aftermath of a devastating flood triggered by a massive ice discharge from the glacier into an adjacent lake.

This flood destroyed fields that a farming family had cultivated over the years, prompting them to relocate to the city, four hours away, in search of a fresh start.

In Papua New Guinea, the ice holds cultural significance for indigenous communities residing near these ice fields, as they regard it as the embodiment of their deity’s head.

Dr. Thompson foresees the complete disappearance of these ice fields within the next two to three years. He emphasizes that while it may be too late for these glaciers, it is not too late to make efforts to cut the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which are driving the planet’s warming.

The Movement Catalyst

Canary transcends being merely a film; it symbolizes a movement dedicated to addressing climate change. Dr. Lonnie’s inspiring story, as depicted in the film, challenges us to confront this issue and spurs us to take action.

By visiting, viewers can explore steps and choices that individuals can make to boost positive change.

From minor daily adjustments to collective endeavors, this campaign serves as a guide for actively contributing to the preservation of our planet, addressing climate change, and safeguarding an invaluable piece of our world’s history.

To experience the inspiration that catalyzes action in Canary, visit and find a movie theater in one of the 25 cities across the United States screening the film.