(EnviroNews Utah) – Breathless in Zion: Utah’s Battle for Clean Air is set to be a riveting documentary that will portray the complex political, topographical, environmental, and health issues regarding the horrendous air pollution problem enveloping the greater Salt Lake City area. In the film we will examine the devastating impact that this escalating problem is having on the health of children and local residents in the surrounding communities. Also to be explored are how Utah’s unique geography and ultra conservative political landscape have contributed to an ongoing crises that during certain times of the year leaves Utahans with the most dangerously polluted air in the nation.
Conceived by director and producer Emerson Urry and journalist Monica Bellenger, this full length documentary is geared to be the world’s supreme expose on air pollution. Urry commenced filming for the piece in January of 2009 during record breaking “red air days.” Shot exclusively in progressive digital film on the Sony Cinealta camera line, the piece maintains a resolution and crispness much higher than the traditional documentary. We estimate that over 75% of the shooting has been completed and many segments have been edited and already leave a strong impact on the viewer. Our award winning production staff has decades of experience and is well suited to the task of cutting the production to a 90 minute feature film suited for the big screen.
To date, we have interviewed many of Utah’s mayors, politicians, and legislators, and even the governor of Utah himself, in addition to some of the worlds leading authorities on air pollution. Stunning episodes have been captured with Salt Lake City school children who are sometimes kept inside from recess for days on end due to unacceptable and down right dangerous air pollution levels. Other interviews attained include: oil company executives, scientists, medical patients, activist groups, and ranking members of the Utah Medical Association.
Breathless in Zion’s strong commercial appeal and highly relatable subject matter make it perfectly suited for the movie house as well as major network broadcast. We will be running extensive marketing campaigns in a multitude of directions starting at the grass roots level, and reaching a pinnacle with movie houses, television and cable networks, national/international distribution channels, and film festivals around the globe. Additionally, we intend to market the film to Utahans in conjunction with local non-profit organizations to raise awareness, and simultaneously spark greater community action. Copies will be made available through such groups as the Utah Moms for Clean Air, the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and others.
Through private screenings and the presentation of this artistic yet humanitarian cause, we were able to reach our first-phase goals of filming and production, and we have gained a wonderful network of assistance and support along the way. At present, we are entering into the final phase of production as to meet our film completion goal of September 1, 2013. During this final instrumental phase it is our hope that more prominent individuals and organizations affected by this issue will join our cause and our fight for clean air. It is our aim to debut Breathless on the big screen in December of 2013, which without fail will correspond with red air season!
The EnviroNews/EnviroFlix partnership has formed an alliance representing a unified goal towards environmentally driven media that will educates people to the stark fact that we stand at the precipice of environmental calamity. We feel that Utah’s air pollution problem is at its tipping point, and that action must be taken now to ensure cleaner air for the generations of tomorrow. This critical juncture has served as our inspiration for this beautiful and motivational film to come to life. Through this labor of love, we believe that we can communicate a message that will usher in a new level of awareness regarding air quality in Utah, and the world alike.