Sundance alum filmmaker Greg Reitman (Fuel, Rooted in Peace) of Blue Water Entertainment is looking to collaborate with a state-of-the-art animation company for his upcoming hybrid animated documentary feature film, Kohola.
Blue Water is heading to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival to find an animation company that shares its same environmental values in telling the saga of the humpback whales, according to Reitman, who is producing and directing the project.
“We’ve recently started production shooting in Drake Bay, Costa Rica, capturing the birthing of the humpback whales. We envision a rigorous two-year production schedule of shooting as well as producing 20 minutes of animation,” Reitman explains.
“Working with Jean Thoren [President/Publisher, Animation Magazine] as our executive producer will enable us to take a completely new, holistic approach on the animation,” the director adds. “With over 30+ years of experience we hope to find the right animation partner to help shepherd this story forward.”
“Kohola is a very timely and important film,” says Jean Thoren. “We are in full support of Greg’s vision for the future of our planet and the species we share this world with.”
Synopsis: Over 10 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean. Kohola looks at our co-dependence to plastic and its disastrous effects on oceans and humans. The film explores our ability to collectively course-correct toward a sustainable, 100% biodegradable future and the survival of all of Earth’s inhabitants.
Shot in stunning 4K, drawing on historical archives and expert insights, Kohola tells a parallel story over a hundred years. Kohola compares the history of plastic with the history of the humpback whale and its fellow marine creatures. The film showcases the seas where marine life could once swim freely, but now are the deadly resting places of this ubiquitous poison: plastic.
The 90-minute hybrid documentary will feature special appearances by activist Greta Thunberg, Captain Paul Watson and Michael Broungart, chemist and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle.