Damien Gillis and Cease Wyss present an ecological adventure—a feast for the senses, and an implicit call to action. This 360° projection takes you to a place that has existed since the last Ice Age and is now under threat. Inside a geodesic dome, viewers experience an auditory mix of music and nature sounds, as well as a wraparound view of an ancient forest, beautifully captured by co-director and cinematographer Olivier Leroux. Hosted by Wyss herself, this is a transporting experience: from the inside of hollow trunks, where black bears make their winter dens, to the precipice of a waterfall and other magical places, it offers the thrill of true immersion.
Viewers also see a logging operation: a clear-cut, and a tree plantation; scenes that drive home what is at stake in the protection of this land, as well as the different values with which people regard it. The experience concludes with a traditional song, performed in the heart of the forest by Wyss, which conveys a sense of the sacred. Alternately contemplative and thrilling, Sanctuary is a journey that will bring you to a new understanding, and a new sense of urgency.
Due to COVID-19, a maximum of 2 people from the same bubble will be permitted per time slot. For more information about our COVID-19 Safety Plan, please visit pushfestival.ca/covid-policy.