Living in The Time of Dying is an unflinching look at what it means to be living in the midst of climate catastrophe and finding purpose and meaning within it. Recognising the magnitude of the climate crisis we are facing, independent filmmaker Michael Shaw, sells his house to travel around the world looking for answers. Pretty soon we begin to see how deep the predicament goes along with the systems and ways of thinking that brought us here. Stan Rushworth, a Native American Elder, brings an especially enlightening viewpoint to these questions. It becomes clear that climate change is going to ruin our way of life but this then opens up a whole new set of questions: How did we get here? How do we choose to live and what actions make sense at this time? The people interviewed in the documentary, all highly regarded and well known spokespeople on the issue, argue it's too late to stop catastrophic climate change but in no way too late to regain a renewed life giving relationship with our world.
Director & Producer: Michael Shaw.
Featuring: Jem Bendell, Catherine Ingram, Dahr Jamail & Stan Rushworth
Assistant Producer: Michelle Walter.
Editor & Creative Consultant: Tom Barnett & Michelle Walter
Cinematographers: Tom Barnett, Steve Hammal, Gabe Van Lelyveld.
Original Music: Forrest James, Francis Martineau.
Polishing Edit: Sharon Shostack.
Post Production: Elements Post
Post Producer: Gabrielle Joosten
Supervisor Colourist: Billy Wychgel
Colourist & Online: Marcus Newman
Final Soundmix: Shaun Clifford
Screenings & Awards
Docs without Borders 2022 - WINNER Outstanding Excellence
Nature without Borders International Film Festival 2022 - WINNER Merit Award
IMPACT Docs 2022 - WINNER Merit Award
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022 - FINALIST
Colorado Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection
North Dakota Environmental Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection
by Jim Griffin
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About Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw is an independent film maker and this is his first feature documentary. He has interviewed various experts on climate change for his You Tube Channel and hosted a community radio show on the issue.
Michael is a fully qualified teacher and therapist having run anti-bullying programs in schools for more than a decade.
Micheal is currently working on a new follow up documentary, climate support groups and ongoing interviews.
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"This documentary comes from my recognition of the stark reality of the climate crisis we are facing. I was unable to pretend I didn’t see what I did and felt a sense of shock and fear, as well as a profound sense of sadness for a considerable amount of time.
Eventually I felt a powerful call to action from that place.
Living in the Time of Dying was what arose in me to do. I had no ready funds, no experience in the field and I was aware that a message like this may well also be unpopular. Despite those odds, I sold my house and began the journey to make this documentary."