Debris is a portrait of Tofino, BC intertidal artist Pete Clarkson as he crafts his most ambitious and personal project to date: a memorial to the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. He, like so many of us around the world, was deeply affected by the disaster. Years later, as splintered and mangled timber and other objects started to wash ashore, the disaster hit home again for Clarkson, and the inspiration for his memorial was born. In Clarkson’s caring hands, the remnants from the Tohoku region take on a life of their own as he shapes them into a unique public sculpture. The result is an evocative memorial that is a site of remembrance and contemplation, and an emotional bridge connecting an artist, his community and a people an ocean away.
With Jumbo Wild

NFB blog post about 'Debris'

About the filmmaker
John Bolton is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, preoccupied with revelation, consolation and transcendence, sometime even in that order. He produces, writes and directs dramas, documentaries, performing arts pieces and the occasional disaster film. John is currently in post-production on the musical docudrama Aim For The Roses, about Canadian musician Mark Haney and Canadian daredevil Ken Carter, and in production on the feature documentary The Rankin File, about the colourful life of Vancouver lawyer, politician and socialist icon Harry Rankin. John regularly produces and directs Knowledge Network’s Knowledge: Partners campaigns, and he regularly co-produces dance films with Kenneth Sherman/karma 2000.

Photos: Teri Snelgrove

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