a feature documentary
in partnership with
Among those racing to unravel the mysteries of the redwoods and ensure their future are a scientific detective who’s uncovering the secrets of redwood resilience, an impassioned park ranger summoning new life from ravaged timberlands, and a modern-day Ansel Adams who's attempting to display a 320-foot photograph of a redwood -- a portrait she hopes will rekindle our connection to these ambassadors from another time.
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The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always... From them comes silence and awe.
- John Steinbeck
The deeper you venture into a coast redwood forest, the more your imagination runs wild. The tallest and some of the oldest living things on Earth, an encounter with a redwood can feel like meeting an ancient ancestor. Living links to the past, these trees also hold superpowers that may play a key role in our future – including their ability to withstand fire and combat climate change, to offer clues about human longevity, and to reconnect us to nature in our hectic urban lives.
So how do they do it? And more importantly,
how can we ensure that redwoods will be able to keep working their magic in the future?
GIANTS RISING will tell the tale of these iconic trees, revealing the mysterious inner-workings that make redwoods so resilient – and also, so alluring. For centuries we considered their wood to be a commodity as precious as gold, leading us to all but obliterate them. Today, they are national treasures that we’re racing to understand, protect and regenerate. Through the stories of those on the frontlines of these efforts, the film will lay bare the marvels of redwoods like never before – celebrating the wonders of these iconic forests and underscoring all that’s at stake.
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Owen has spent the last 15 years as a cinematographer filming a broad range of subjects and for various clients, from National Geographic to Adobe. His experiences have taken him from mountain streams in Japan to the Peruvian Amazon, to the vertical cliffs of Yosemite National Park and the harsh deserts of the Colorado River Delta. Owen grew up exploring Northern California’s coastline and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where he first cultivated his love for science. He holds an MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State.
Producer, Director & Writer
For two decades Lisa has been creating documentaries about a wide array of subjects including natural history, science, culture and arts. She’s traveled the world developing and producing films for networks such as the Smithsonian Channel, Discovery and National Geographic. She also served as the series producer for QUEST, an Emmy award-winning KQED (PBS) multimedia science program. Her writing and interactive productions are featured at institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Tech Museum of Innovation and Papalote Museo del Niño in Mexico City. Lisa lives in a redwood grove, where she takes daily walks among giants.
Fabian Aguirre + Maya Piscotto
Steadicam & Add'l Cinematography
Fabián is a cinematographer interested in filmmaking as an instrument for social and environmental impact. Maya Pisciotto is an editor, cinematographer, and musician and finds inspiration in stories that ignite empathy and build community. Their work has been featured on The New York Times, Vox, and other publications, and their clients include The Berkeley Food Institute, The Mill Valley Film Group, the University of California, and the California Film Institute, among others.
If you've ever wandered among these giants, you know why we want to make this film.
These trees have the power to rekindle our deepest sense of connection with nature,
to bring awe into our everyday lives, and to expand our perspectives.
And right now, coast redwood trees need our support just as we need theirs.