Colour of the Wind

Colour of the Wind

Directed by Claire Sanford

Colour of the Wind is a cinematic portrait of monstrous dust storms that rise from the deserts of Western China and the people that emerge from the dust along its path. Touching down in cities and towns from the Gobi Desert to the shores of California, we meet characters confronted by the dust - from its most ominous form as an enormous, devastating storm in a drying desert to its tiniest incarnation as a speck studied under a microscope. More than a journalistic look at an environmental problem, the film is a lyrical journey that rides the winds of our changing planet, exploring what life is like under the dust along the way and the very relationship people have to the air they breathe.

Since receiving the 2016 Redford Center Grant development award, the feature documentary project has been selected for programs and pitches around the world including the Points North Fellowship, the Union Docs Summer Labs Program, the Lisbon Docs pitch program, the CPH:DOX Science Forum, Asian Side of the Docs, the Munich DOK.fest pitch, EIDF Seoul pitching forum and the Hot Docs Forum where it won the First Look Prize. The project is supported by Women Make Movies, Catapult Film Fund, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelle, the Canada Media Fund, the Finnish Film Foundation, as well as broadcasters TVOntario, Al Jazeera and YLE. It is an international co-production between Canada, Finland and Germany.

Wind Should Be Heard Not Seen, the short documentary created as part of the Redford Center Grant program, has screened at over a dozen festivals around the globe including Hot Docs 2018, the San Francisco Green Film Festival, DOXA International Documentary Festival in Vancouver and Imagine Science Film Festival in New York. It was showcased at a vernissage in Berlin at the STATE Studio and is featured in the January 2020 Issue of the online platform Labocine: The Science New Wave.

Claire Sanford is a Canadian documentary filmmaker and cinematographer with a focus on human-centered, sensorial stories exploring the natural world, human identity, and how they overlap. Originally from a small island on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada, Claire grew up immersed in nature and became versed in the quiet art of observation. She earned her BFA in Film Production from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Alongside her feature documentary Colour of the Wind, she is in production on two short films supported by the Canada and Quebec Arts Councils, as well as an experimental VR film entitled Rock People, which examines limestone mining in her home community from the perspective of the rock itself. Claire is motivated by creative collaboration and artistic experimentation to help viewers see the world through new eyes.

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