Peter Wintonick reports in this month's issue of POV magazine that a new project is well under way in Canada's doc community. The Green Code Project, as it's known, applies environmental codes to every stage of making a documentary film to ensure that the process is as progressive as the product. “The code will consist of a set of modest, voluntary, environmentally friendly eco-actions, guidelines, standards and principles that encourage ecological friendly sustainability.” Wintonick likens it to a “micro Kyoto Accord” for docs. The idea was started by Quebec documentarians Sylvie Van Brabant and Marie-France Cote and quickly gathered the support of government institutions including the NFB and other production companies across Canada. Docs are famous for their social-issue focuses and their no-nonsense anti-fluff approach to telling hard-hitting political stories, so it makes sense that the process of making docs should take into account and try to reduce ecological footprints. The feature film industry is one of the most wasteful and eco-disgraceful industries out there, with hundreds of bins of first and second growth Mahogany heading to the landfill every day (one of many examples), so it is encouraging to see a group of committed artists organizing and urging their community to break from this kind of practice.
Now that docs are on their way, let's hope this trend makes its way to Hollywood, where the CBC reports 127,000 tonnes of ozone and diesel are pumped into the California air each year alone. For more information on this initiative, visit the Green Code Project site.