Collapse the Distance is a multimedia storytelling project about climate change on the Pacific frontlines. Fusing photojournalism, audio storytelling, video, and written word, Collapse the Distance transports its audience to the low-lying Pacific island nations of Tuvalu and Kiribati, sibling nations that face hungry tides, storm surges, and a freshwater crisis. As geographical distance and privilege insulate Western polluters from vibrant Pacific frontline communities fighting to maintain their way of life against climate change, this project aims to collapse that distance with raw and honest storytelling.
The project has been exhibited at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, Harvard University, and ClimateCon 2018. Forest Woodwardâ€™s photographs and Canyon Woodwardâ€™s writings have been featured in National Geographic Adventure, while Mattea Mrkusicâ€™s audio stories have aired on PRI: The World and NPR stations across the country.