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This short film is a portrait of Tofino, BC intertidal artist Pete Clarkson as he crafts his most ambitious and personal project to date: a memorial to the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. He, like so many of us around the world, was deeply affected by the disaster. Years later, as splintered and mangled timber and other objects started to wash ashore, the disaster hit home again for Clarkson, and the inspiration for his memorial was born. In Clarkson’s caring hands, the remnants from the Tohoku region take on a life of their own as he shapes them into a unique public sculpture. The result is an evocative memorial that is a site of remembrance and contemplation, and an emotional bridge connecting an artist, his community and a people an ocean away.

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Debris, John Bolton, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    John Bolton
  • director
    John Bolton
  • producer
    Shirley Vercruysse
  • associate producer
    Teri Snelgrove
  • editor
    Jenn Strom
  • director of photography
    Andrew Coppin
  • composer
    Scott Morgan
  • sound designer
    Chris McLaren
  • sound recordist
    Jeff Henschel
    Roderick Matte
  • camera assistant
    Laird Pierce
  • participant
    Jennifer Scott
    Pete Clarkson
    Jesse Clarkson
    Sam Clarkson
    George Patterson
    Jan Janzen
  • transcription
    Tracy Sitter
  • colourist
    Gary Shaw
  • sound mix technician
    Chris McLaren
  • production coordinator
    Kathleen Jayme
  • technical edit coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • program administrator
    Jennifer Roworth
  • executive producer
    Shirley Vercruysse

  • hudgeliberal

    Great little feature! The Tsunami and all the video and stories of the people have also touched me. I used to live at Myrtle Beach, SC and no one who lives on the beach really ever thinks about just how fast and how terrifying nature can be. If I lived out on the Pacific Coast and found this debris, I would also collect it. Fascinating.

    hudgeliberal, 29 May 2017
  • rajgoaguy

    very well done. thanks. very novel art form. Bravo

    rajgoaguy, 12 Mar 2016

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