Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil.

What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And what about the people and the communities where these projects have been set up?

THE CARBON RUSH takes us around the world to meet the people most impacted. They are the least heard in the cacophony surrounding in this emerging “green-gold” multi-billion dollar carbon industry.

From indigenous rain forest dwellers having their way of life completely threatened, to dozens of Campesinos assassinated, to the livelihood of waste pickers at landfills taken away, THE CARBON RUSH travels across four continents and brings us up close to projects working through the United Nations, Kyoto Protocol designed Clean Development Mechanism. This groundbreaking documentary feature asks the fundamental questions “What happens when we manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis? Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer?”

  • Amy Miller Writer, Director & Producer
  • Byron Martin Producer
  • Boban Chaldovich Editor & Post-Production Supervisor
  • Paul Kell Director of Photography
  • Étienne Gagnon Editor
  • Benoit Groulx Composer
  • Artifex Animation Studio

Amy Miller is a media maker and social justice organizer based in Montréal. She is currently in post production for her new documentary ‘No land no food no life’ a hard hitting film on the economy, agricultural land grabs and the changes to farmers lives around the world. She recently finished directing and producing the documentary ‘The Carbon Rush’ a global exposé on how carbon offset projects impact local peoples. She directed and produced the featurette documentary ‘Myths for Profit: Canada’s Role In Industries of War and Peace’ which was screened thoroughly across Canada and at festivals including the Milano Film Festival, RIDM and won the Peoples Choice award at the Bay Street Film Festival. Her first doc ‘Outside of EUrope’, on the exclusionary nature of immigration and border policies continues to be screened around the world. She persists to focus on developing critical documentaries for transformative social change and helping out grassroots campaigns for justice.

Byron A. Martin has produced almost 30 hours of television, shooting projects in Canada, the U.S., Israel, China, Honduras, Brazil, India, and Panama. His feature credits include Universal’s American Pie presents Beta House, American Pie presents The Naked Mile, Sony’s The Devil’s Teardrop and independent projects Phantom Punch and Wild Cherry. He has over 30 credits as a Location/Unit Manager on feature films including X-Men, Driven, Simon Birch, and The Ref, while working with many prestigious producers such as Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf, Laurence Mark, John Singleton, Sam Raimi and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Boban Chaldovich is a digital video editor and video post-production workflow consultant based in Montreal.
Some of his work has been broadcasted on Global TV – Canada and screened on over 20 international film festivals in Canada, South America and Europe . He is co-recipient of CBC/RCI Migr@tions award for the short documentary “Outside of EUrope”.

For over 10 years, Paul Kell has worked as a professional Director & Director of Photography with broadcast & theatrical credits that have taken him all over the world: Europe, India, Southeast Asia, Central America, South America, the Galapagos, the USA and Canada. Paul’s work is multiple award winning, has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and has been broadcast on Discovery/Planet Green, BET/Centric, MTV, Starz, Showcase (Canada), TVO (Canada), Omni(Canada), The Documentary Channel, IFC, ABC (Australia), MuchMusic (Canada), YES DBS (Israel), Free Speech (USA), Canal Planete (Poland) and is available on Netflix and iTunes.

Before editing The Carbon Rush, Étienne Gagnon has worked as an editor for more than a decade on projects including the feature length documentaries Chercher le courant, H2Oil, Roadsworth: Crossing the Line, ?!Révolucion!?, the Télé-Québec series Contact, and current affairs programs for the French network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. As an editor, he believes in the importance of working on documentaries that matter on a social, political and environmental level.

Benoit Groulx, a composer trained in the classical idiom, has worked as an orchestrator on numerous films as well as an arranger on popular and jazz projects, and the 1995 winner of a Félix for Arranger of the Year given by ADISQ (Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo). His original music includes movie scores (An American Haunting, A Sound of Thunder), chamber and orchestral work, jazz and world music. Among his clients are Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, National Film Board of Canada, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Disques Analekta, Musicor, CBC/Radio-Canada and Cirque du Soleil. For Cirque du Soleil, Benoit was the producer for the recording of the production Corteo, hailed as an oeuvre of rare depth and beauty.

Established in late 2005 by visual effects industry veteran Marc Hall, Artifex Animation Studios – www.aastudios.ca is a boutique-style digital animation and visual effects service house. The company, based in Montréal, Canada, offers a wide range of production services in film, television, and new media. Artifex Animation Studios is built around a strong core team of experienced artists, able to draw from their deep combined knowledge to ensure that every project is a resounding success.