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This 4K Preview for Nature Doc ‘Awaken’ Might Be the Best Trailer of the Year

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Thoughts of nature documentaries might not get your heart pumping. They might call to mind images of late-night PBS. But take a look at this clip for Awaken, and tell me it’s not one of the most gorgeous looking movies you’ve ever seen. This is a great trailer; it definitely could be a great movie.

Here’s the official description from the film’s site, which will give you a good sense of what it is, and why it’s special:

Awaken is a feature documentary film exploring humanity’s relationship with technology and the natural world.

Shot over a 5-year period in more than 30 countries, the film pioneers new time-lapse, time-dilation, underwater, and aerial cinematography techniques to give audiences new eyes with which to see our world. Executive produced by Terrence Malick and Godfrey Reggio, Awaken is a celebration of the spirit of life, an exploration of the Earth, and an ode to the Cosmos.

Malick I’m going to assume you know; Reggio you should know too, but he’s the director of experimental docs like Koyaanisqatsi, which is a clear influence on director Tom Lowe’s approach to Awaken. And Lowe has worked with both Malick and Reggio as a second-unit director (for their films Voyage of Time and Visitors). He also saw combat in the Gulf War and later worked as a producer on the political roundtable show The McLaughlin Group. Awaken does not look like something I would expect from someone with that resume. But it does look amazing.

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