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Smarty Plants

Uncovering the Secret World of Plant Behaviour
Official Selection
CMS Vatavaran International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival
Winner - Biodiversity Award
CMS Vatavaran International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival
Winner - Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series
Canadian Screen Awards
Nominee - Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series
Canadian Screen Awards
Nominee - Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series
Canadian Screen Awards
Nominee - Robert Brooks Award for Documentary Cinematography
CSC Awards
Official Selection
36th International Wildlife Film Festival
Official Selection
Academia Film Olomouc IFF of Science Documentaries
Jury Award Winner
Life Sciences Film Festival
Official Selection
Life Sciences Film Festival
Nominee
Yorkton Film Festival

It’s weirdly captivating stuff … It turns out, there’s a lot more going on in leaves, flowers, stems and roots than meets the eye (and nose).

Brad Oswald

Winnipeg Free Press

...makes me reconsider the environment we share.

Saada Stylo

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It’s weirdly captivating stuff … It turns out, there’s a lot more going on in leaves, flowers, stems and roots than meets the eye (and nose).

Brad Oswald

Winnipeg Free Press

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The Story

From the stunning heights of Utah’s Great Basin Desert to the rainforests of west coast Canada, Smarty Plants follows lead scientist and ecologist JC Cahill as he treks the green world and discovers that plants are a lot more like animals than we ever imagined. The world he reveals is one where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their enemies, call in insect allies to fight those enemies, recognize their relatives and nurture their young. All of which leads to the inevitable question – is it possible that plants are smarter than we think?

Plants represent some of the strangest and longest living life forms on the planet. We’ve counted and classified them. We’ve even unlocked the secrets of their photosynthesizing powers. But overall, it’s been far more interesting to study the animal world because animals move and demonstrate behavior, if not outright intelligence. Plants, on the other hand, just sit there. Or do they?

Directed by Erna Buffie (One Ocean, Drug Deals, The Pill) Smarty Plants features global locations, spectacular time-lapse photography and CGI, and new scientific discoveries from a team of globetrotting scientists including: Suzanne Simard (University of British Columbia); Ian Baldwin (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology); Consuelo De Moraes (Penn State); Mark Mescher (Penn State); Susan Dudley (McMaster); Ray Callaway (University of Montana).

This film uncovers the real “secret world” of plants and reveals a landscape pulsing with sex, movement, communication, and social interaction. This is a world where plants talk, forage, wage war and protect their kin; a world where plants behave a lot like us.

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International Broadcast Version / DVD - 50 min

PBS Nature - 52 min (title: What Plants Talk About) 

CBC Version - 44 min

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Not available for distribution.

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Duration(s)

International Broadcast Version / DVD - 50 min

PBS Nature - 52 min (title: What Plants Talk About) 

CBC Version - 44 min

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About The Team

Writer, Director and Narrator
Erna Buffie

WRITTEN, DIRECTED BY ERNA BUFFIE

NARRATED BY ERNA BUFFIE 

LINE PRODUCER  SANDRA MOORE

EDITOR DAVID MCGUNIGAL

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY BARRY LANK CSC, IAN KERR CSC

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY ANDY SHILLABEER

ORIGINAL MUSIC SHAWN PIERCE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND PRODUCER MERIT JENSEN CARR

Released:
2012