Filmmaker: Lisa Landers
The deeper you venture into a redwood forest, the more your imagination runs wild. Like silent giants, the towering trees usher your journey into a fairytale realm. The tallest and among the oldest living things on Earth, an encounter with a coast redwood can feel like reuniting with 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.
How do they do it? And more importantly, can we even be sure that redwoods will be around in the future to work their magic?
GIANTS RISING tells the tale of these iconic trees, revealing the mysterious inner-workings that make these trees so resilient – and 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 help regenerate. Among the trees’ would-be saviors is a genetic detective who’s unraveling the secrets of redwood DNA; an impassioned park ranger summoning new life from ravaged timberlands; and a modern-day Ansel Adams attempting to print a 320-foot life-size photograph of a redwood tree that she hopes will rekindle the public’s connection to this ambassador from another time.
Through endeavors like these, the film will expose the many marvels of redwoods like never before, revealing the way these forests sustain life and underscoring all that’s at stake.
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