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Hot Docs 2024: Qs à la mode with… Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel (The Here Now Project)

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In The Here Now Project, co-directors Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel assemble dozens and dozens of videos shot by ordinary people, documenting the devastating effects of climate change as they occur. We posed our Qs à la mode to Greg and Jon, and here’s what they shared!


If we had to describe our film using only three adjectives, they would be: Immersive, intimate, epic.

We decided to make this film because: We finally figured out a way to tell a climate-change story where our instincts and experience enabled us to bring something unique to the table.

The thing that surprised us most about our film’s subject/topic was: That even after watching thousands of videos of climate-accelerated disasters, we’re more hopeful than when we started… with caveats, of course…

The toughest part of the shoot was: That there was no shoot. The Here Now Project consists entirely of previously shot footage — primarily user-generated — woven together to create a visual diary of the impact climate change is already having on ordinary people around the globe. Thankfully, ordinary people shoot extraordinary videos!

Our favorite moment/scene/sequence in our film is: Different every time we watch. There are more than 200 footage sources in the film, and every one of them is in there for a reason.

Our most invaluable piece of doc-making equipment was/is: A good shotgun mic.

One piece of documentary-filmmaking advice we’d like to share with aspiring documentarians is: Trust your instincts, then find people to work with who will turn them into something better. 

 

Want to check out their film, or just learn more about it?
Get the scoop, and your tickets, here!

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