The Documentary Ecosystem with Velcrow Ripper & Nova Ami

In this time of climate emergency, the role of documentary is more important than ever. How can we use the power of cinema to create change?  How do we add to the conversation in the films we choose to make, and create a lasting impact?   How do we create an ecosystem around our films that extends and amplifies their reach and depth?  

Join award-winning filmmakers Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper, co-­directors of the feature documentary Metamorphosis, for a masterclass that explores the ecosystem of documentary filmmaking, from creation to impact producing and distribution. They will use Metamorphosis, and their earlier collaboration, Occupy Love, as case studies, along with their long history as doc­-makers. They’ll also talk about their earlier work, their approach to collaboration, and their upcoming projects, which always begin with the question: How can we take it to the next level? There will be plenty of time throughout for questions from participants.

There will be a screening of Metamorphosis alongside a reception and a meet and greet the night before the masterclasses.

Screening of Metamorphosis with Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami


  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 8pm – 10pm | Doors 7.30pm


  • The Post at 750, 750 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC | Map


  • Movie screening with introduction and Q&A
  • Reception/Meet and greet with the filmmakers

**Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be provided at the reception


Masterclass with Velcrow Ripper & Nova Ami


  • Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 1.30pm-5pm | Doors 1pm


  • Soundhouse Studios, 33 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC | Map


  • Masterclass with Q&A

**Food and non-alcoholic beverages provided


Screening + Materclass:

  • $30 for non-members
  • FREE for members

Masterclass only:

  • $25 for non-members
  • Free for members

Screening & Meet & Greet only:

  • $10 for non-members
  • Free for member for screening

CLICK HERE to get tickets and to RSVP

****A special ‘Thank You’ goes to our partners CREATIVE BC & CMPA!****

** We would also like to thank McMedia**


Nova Ami

Nova Ami creates socially relevant, thought-provoking films that inspire, educate, and empower. Her film work has screened at international festivals including Hot Docs and IDFA, and has been broadcast on BBC, CBC, CTV, Super Channel, TVO, Knowledge, Vision TV, and SBS Australia. Prior to co-directing Metamorphosis with Velcrow Ripper, she directed the documentaries Say I Do (CTV, Vision TV), Secrets (CBC’s The Passionate Eye), and Peacing it Together (Red Storm Productions), and was a producer on Occupy Love (Super Channel, Free Speech TV) and Army of One (BBC, CBC, SBS Australia). She was host, director, and writer on the technology and innovation television series The Leading Edge (Knowledge Network), and was host and segment producer of GVTV , a series about urban issues in Vancouver. She has a master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School.

Velcrow Ripper

Velcrow Ripper creates powerful, cinematic feature documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times. His epic “Fierce Light Trilogy” began with Scared Sacred , a journey to the ground zeroes of the world in search of hope, winner of many awards, including the 2005 Genie Award for best feature documentary. The trilogy continued with 2008’s award-winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action and concluded with Occupy Love (2013), about the power of fierce love to create global change. His first feature length documentary, Bones of the Forest (1995, co-directed with Heather Frise) was about elders and the ancient temperate rainforest of BC. It won nine awards, including Best of the Festival at Hot Docs and the 1996 Genie for best feature doc. He is well known for his award-winning sound design of such films as The Corporation (Best Sound, Leo Awards) and A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound, Hot Docs, Leo Awards). Metamorphosis is his sixth feature film.


A poem for the planet, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper’s film Metamorphosis takes the pulse of our earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. Metamorphosis captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis. Forest fires consume communities, species vanish, and entire ecosystems collapse. Economic growth, tied to increased speed of resource extraction, has created a machine with the capacity to destroy all life. But this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world.

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