The Upside of Down
A short film based on the book
by Thomas Homer-Dixon
A stunning animated flight through a maze of ominous plinths opens this BookShort docu-drama based on Thomas Homer-Dixon's book, released by Knopf Canada. The Upside of Down captures the urgency of our headlong rush into global crisis, flashing through poignant film clips of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, referencing epidemics of disease and wars fought over finite energy resources, crystallizing the need for thinking with a "prospective mind." Then, in a brilliantly rendered and surprising transformation, what initially seemed a dire journey becomes a perfect film interpretation of Homer-Dixon's ultimate message of hope, renewal and survival in a future full of surprises.
The book was adapted for the screen by philosopher and long-time Homer-Dixon fan Michael McGarry; directed by Gary Thomas; animated by Crush, scored by Martin Worthy, produced by Judith Keenan and Stephanie Pennington. © 2006 www.BookShorts.com