THE UNDERCURRENT

HD Film, 50:00
2019 - ongoing

In a time of climate crisis The Undercurrent asks how we deal with such an overwhelmingly global issue on a deeply intimate and personal scale. Filmed in Boise, Idaho in the USA, the film was made with 10 Youth Climate Activists from Boise and small towns from the surrounding area who responded to an online open call. While change change appears to be the most important theme, the activists explore how climate change interconnects with other aspects of their lives including family, difficulties with religion, friendship, fighting for gender equality and the essential need of a home. Exploring further questions of home, security and shelter, members from the local homeless community from Boise speak about their experiences.

Made over a period of 2 months through workshops, field trips and vlogs, The Undercurrent uses different filmic materials to address our current predicament. Soundtracked by an original orchestral score composed Pilgrim and singers in Boise, music and song flow throughout to explore the emotional means we have to articulate crisis. Nurturing the dialogue with those in Boise, the film marks the first chapter of a wider body of work that will continue to deal with the constant action needed to deal with the Climate Crisis, using film as a means not to record or document loss but to as an agent to stop it. In these uncertain times globally, The Undercurrent questions what makes us feel like we belong somewhere - it is a home, a country or each other?

With Special Thanks

CLIMATE ACTIVISTS
Ariana Borzea
Jerry Brady
Claire Earl
Daisy Erskine
Maria Estrada
Cora Gregor
Ezra Hampikian
Erikk Kaija
August Mussler-Wright
Piper Myers-Poppay
Liam Neupert

CONTRIBUTORS
... Interfaith Sanctuary, Boise

Nicki Vogel
Jacob Hieter
Stephen Prestwich
Jake Whitson

Special thanks to
Project Well Being and Jodi Peterson-Stigers

SINGERS

Ezra Hampikian
Declan Rowe John

MUSICIANS

Strings & Wind
... Up North Session Orchestra
Violin ... Sarah Brandwood Spencer
& Natalie Purton
Viola ... Christine Anderson
Cello ... Liz Hanks
Flute & Alto Flute ... Fiona Slominska
Oboe & Cor Anglais ... Rachel Clegg
Clarinet ... Sarah Masters
Tenor & Baritone Saxophones
... Carl Raven
Guitar ... Jeff Cochran
Bass Guitar ... Emil van Steenwijk
Piano, Organ and Electronics ... Rory Pilgrim

SOUNDTRACK

THE RIVER

ENGINE YEARS
Co-written & performed
... Ezra Hampikian

REGENERATE THE ENGINE  
Co-written & performed
... Ezra Hampikian

RELIGIOUS PARENTS

THE CAR WASH

THE TOWEL
Co-written ... Robyn Haddon
Performed ... Declan Rowe John

TRUTH BELOW SURFACE

3 WATERS
Co-written ... Robyn Haddon
& Declan Rowe-John
Performed ... Declan Rowe John

INFERNO CONE

MC / MC
Co-written & performed
... Declan Rowe John

CAMERA

Cody Gittings
Lila Rae
Rory Pilgrim

LIGHTING

Chaz Gentry

DRONE OPERATOR

Sean McNearney

COLOURIST

Chris Shaw

LETTERING

David Andrews

CREDITS

Modern Activity

SOUND MASTERING

Emil van Steenwijk, Studio Charlatan

EDITOR

Ewan Michael Riley

PRODUCER

Ren Mahon

CATERER

Ariel Delgado Dixon

TRANSCRIPTS

Laetitia Pilgrim

SOUNDTRACK, EDITING
& DIRECTION

Rory Pilgrim

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY

Jason Morales
Kristen Cooper
Wytske van Keulen
Teal Gardner
MING Studios, Boise
Mondiraan Fonds

Installation Photo: Daniel Nicolas
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Prix de Rome 2019