As glaciers melt, freshwater rivers and lakes recede, and global temperatures rise, politicians continue to debate the causes of climate change and the extent to which humans are responsible, if at all. And while world leaders have yet to reach consensus around a meaningful strategy to curb the contributing factors of climate change, the impact of human industrial activity on planet Earth remains unchecked, risking devastation to the livelihoods of all living things.
It is this sense of environmental urgency that has inspired writer/director Dustin St. Wright to create a trailer for his film Bring Water, “a short format science fiction film set in [a]dystopian future where nomadic groups exist in constant search of water.” The trailer for Bring Water is currently being featured on Kickstarter to raise funding for the film’s completion. And although the film is still in production, the trailer alone offers a breathtaking series of images that aims to raise awareness about the issues of water scarcity, the human condition within a context of technological decline and our existential place as a species in the universe.
Inspiration and influences
St. Wright and his team’s trailer for Bring Water offers a visual feast full of sweeping landscapes and beautifully costumed characters. According to St. Wright, the film’s cast of creatives invested a considerable amount of time researching the materials that would last in the event of an environmental catastrophe that sends human civilization back into a paleolithic age.
The film also explores how the consumer byproducts and waste that led to the decline of humanity can be reincorporated among surving social groups. Some of these items, explains St. Wright, like plastics, aluminum, fabrics, and treated metals and leather appear in the film as tools the characters use to redefine themselves and negotiate their cultures anew.
The trailer also hints at a quest among two brothers to find an elusive soothsayer they believe holds the insights and answers to their most enduring problems, namely, figuring out what it means to be human when the prevailing economic, social and technological systems of the past have failed.
Aside from exploring water scarcity and technological decline, St. Wright and his team also include a variety of supernatural motifs and archetypal references that draw influence from writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, among other indigenous philosophies and modes of living. Together, these thinkers, artists and marginalized social groups lend plenty of inspiration to the characters, storyline and cinematography expressed in Bring Water.
Bring Water and beyond
When asked what viewers should take away after watching the film, St. Wright emphasizes the resilience of humankind and the importance of reconnecting with the spiritual mythos of the past as a source for social, cultural and existential rejuvenation and rebirth. While the film is set following a period of technological decline, the post-apocalyptic nature of the film exists only to the extent of creating a context in which humankind must search to rediscover itself as a social species in a social world whose very existence is directly connected to the health and wellbeing of the planet.
To see the trailer and help fund the film’s completion, click here.