Feature Length Documentary: Continuum
In 1968, just before America put a man on the Moon, Apollo 8 astronauts circled the Moon and took photos of Earth, prompting the famous “Earthrise over the Moon” image. It was the first time people got to see Earth as a whole — not as countries delineated by boundaries and borders, not as people clashing over religion or other beliefs, but as one unified system.
The astronauts in Planetary Collective’s short documentary Overview, talk about this pivotal moment and how their experiences in space changed their understanding of the world, themselves, and what it means to be human. The short documentary Overview, served as a teaser for their feature-length documentary Continuum.
This was the official microsite for the documentary Continuum, which was finally released in 2015.
Content is from the site's 2013 archived pages as well as other sources, including their Kickstarter fund raiser page.
Directors: Guy Reid, Steve Watts Kennedy (co-director)
Writer: Steve Watts Kennedy
Stars: Ben Afful, Janine Benyus, Ronald Garan
Trailer Published on Mar 5, 2013
CONTINUUM is a feature length documentary telling the story of where we came from, who we are, and the possiblities of our future. The film features interviews with poets and astronauts, physicists and storytellers, anthropologists and Tibetan lamas, and stunning cinematography from around the world. The many voices of the film share a unified vision: we must start acting as a planetary civilization
We are Planetary Collective and over the past three years we’ve been working on Continuum, a ground-breaking feature-length documentary that began as a dream more than 13 years ago.
We hope that this documentary will change the way we think as a species – to stop seeing ourselves as separate from each other, from the planet and the cosmos – and inspire us to work together to transform our planetary crises.
By weaving together perspectives and ideas from some of the key theorists and thinkers in the fields of cosmology, environmentalism, sustainability, social theory, anthropology and systems dynamics, Continuum tells the story of where we have come from, where we are now, and the possibilities for our future.
The way the film looks is of prime importance to us, so we have travelled the world collecting awe-inspiring footage that emphasizes the beauty and complexity of the natural world, the relationship between humanity and the environment, and the inspiring organisations and projects appearing around the world to confront and transform our current planetary crises.
We’ve already shot twenty amazing interviews, and some stunning visual narrative footage, but we need to raise a final round of funding to shoot 5-6 more interviews, and carry us through post-production to finish the film.
With $80,000 dollars, we can finish this film. But with more than that, we can make it more amazing, and bring it to you even faster.
We need your help to make the final push of turning this dream into a reality. Many private funders, along with the goodwill of friends and strangers offering time, resources and support, have helped us to get this far. There’s a lot of belief behind this film. Thank you to those who have supported us so far – your kindness has been integral to the film’s success.
Please be one of those believers and put your support behind a film that we believe will change this world.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We are in the midst of an ecological crisis of an unprecedented scale, with implications not only for mankind’s social, economic and political spheres, but for the life system of the planet as a whole.
One of the fundamental factors underlying this crisis is our worldview: the way we see the world around us and our relationships to each other, the planet, and the cosmos as a whole. Our worldview informs our values, behaviour, and way of life in such a way that some environmentalists have declared the environmental crisis to actually be a ‘crisis of worldview’. One dominant feature of our ordinary worldview is the misperception that we are separate from each other and the greater systems we are embedded within.
CONTINUUM is a feature-length documentary that explores this sense of separation and its roots in language, perception and our evolution. The journey will take us from the first stirrings of life to the emergence of a global brain; from the complexity and wonder of a single plant cell to the emerging biomimetic technologies that are changing the way we build the future; and from the appearance of modern humans to the planetary crisis we face today.
Along the way, multiple perspectives guide the journey – both scientific and philosophical, ancient and modern – in an attempt to see things as they are. These insights show that the deepest and widest sense of identity we can have encompasses not just the story of all life on this planet, but the legacy of matter and energy running back in time through the stars to the origin of the universe.
We've had the honor of interviewing some absolutely incredible people for this film: astronauts, poets, biomimetic designers, teachers, Tibetan lamas, activists, cosmologists, ecologists, complexity theorists. Their words are incredibly powerful and poignant, and combined with the stunning visual narrative footage we've filmed around the world, and an amazing original score by the Human Suits (http://www.humansuits.com/), this film is shaping up to be something really unique.
- Peter Russell – physicist and author of ‘The Global Brain’ and ‘Waking Up In Time’
- David Loy – Buddhist scholar and author of ‘The World is Made of Stories’ and ‘Money, Sex, War, Karma’
- Joanna Macy – environmental activist and author of ‘World as Lover, World as Self’
- Wade Davis – anthropologist and author of ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’
- Paul Hawken – environmentalist and author of ‘Blessed Unrest’
- H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa – spiritual teacher of the Tibetan people
- Janine Benyus – natural sciences writer and expert on biomimicry
- Ron Garan – NASA astronaut and founder of Fragile Oasis
- Sean Kelly – author of ‘Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era’
- Cynthia Brown – writer and teacher of Big History
- Barry Lopez – environmental writer, artist and journalist
- Anam Thubten – Buddhist teacher in the Nyingma tradition
- Bill McKibben – environmentalist, author and founder of 350.org
- Alan Senauke – social activist and Zen Buddhist teacher
- Drew Dellinger – social activist and poet
- Bernie Glassman – American Zen Buddhist and co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers
- Lawrence Ellis – complexity science consultant and spiritual activist
- Wes Nisker – writer, comedian and editor of ‘Inquiring Mind’ journal
- Sam Mickey – environmental ethics professor at the University of San Francisco
And there are more amazing interviews planned, but we need your help to make them happen. We want to interview some indigenous wisdom keepers around the world and share their key perspectives.
To keep the budget of CONTINUUM as low as possible, we've relied on the kindness of dozens of amazing people all around the world, who've put us up on their couches or floors, fed us, taken us filming around their home towns, and supported us in countless other ways because they believe in the project.
To supplement and enrich the visual narrative we've already been shooting, we're collaborating with a number of amazing cinematographers who shoot specialist footage – astral timelapses, slow motion, aerial photography, macro photography – that is beyond our production budget, but much needed to give CONTINUUM the epic visuals it deserves.
We've traveled thousands of miles through dozens of countries and cities, gathered stunning cinematography, and interviewed incredible people.
Everything is in place for this to become an amazing film, but now we need your help to finish it.
We need at least $80,000 to spend on finishing the production and post-production.
This is the absolute bare minimum we need to finish the shooting, and for the original score, editing, color correction and finishing, as well as some key animations for the film.
But there’s so much more we would love to do with this film. Going above and beyond the $80,000 will mean we can definitely get some of the more expensive-to-reach interviews and footage that we’re dreaming of to complete the film.
So don’t hold back once you see us start to approach our $80,000 goal – watch for our stretch goals and additional pledges!
The documentary was released in 2015.