Rainforest: The Limit of Splendour

by Richard Boyce
A journey into the forests of Canada's Pacific Coast where modern logging practices are contrasted against the ancient practices of the First Nations community.
2011  ·  52m  ·  Canada
About the Film
Inspired by Kwaxsistalla, a Kwakwaka’wakw clan chief, the filmmaker embarks upon a cinematic journey contrasting the tree-farms that dominate the landscape surrounding his home on Vancouver Island with an ancient rainforest on the Pacific Coast of Canada. Guided by passion and a determination to honor reality, Richard Boyce travels to the most remote corner of Vancouver Island, through some of the most intensive logging on the planet, into a wilderness that is on the brink of extinction. Massive trees, ranging in age between 1,200 years old and seedlings, thrive along the banks of an ancient river floodplain, which provides for diverse life forms in the temperate rainforest.
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, Toronto , Winner: The Mark Haslam Award
NaturVision Film Festival, Germany , Nominated: Grand Prix NaturVision - NaturVision Camera Award & Conservation/Sustainability Film Award
Yorkton Film Festival, Nominated: Golden Sheaf Awards
Whistler Film Festival, Winner: Best Mountain Culture Film Award
Richard Boyce, Daniel Cross, Robin Dianoux & Ryan Mullins
Richard Boyce & Daniel Cross
Sound Editor
Cory Rizos
Soundtrack Composer
Phil Dwyer
About the Director

Richard Boyce

Producer/Director Richard Boyce has lived on Vancouver Island most of his life. He has shot documentaries for 20 years. His debut as cinematographer and co-director was on the award-winning feature theatrical success: “The Street – a film with the homeless” (1997) with producer/director Daniel Cross. As a Cinematographer Boyce engages his subjects from the heart while working in extreme conditions from the icy streets of Montreal to the heat of the Sahara Desert, across the USA and Canada, to the wild and wet climate of the Pacific Coast deep within the ancient rainforest of Vancouver Island. Boyce provokes social and environmental change by engaging a cross-section of media including film, video, and the internet, most notable as the Victoria Outreach Worker for the award winning website HOMELESS NATION  With a MFA in Film Production Boyce founded ISLAND BOUND MEDIA in 2000 on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
His passion for the rainforest lead him to undertake a course provided by Forestry Renewal BC and he was certified as a Woodlands Manager in 2001. This knowledge combined with his participation in the struggle to protect Cathedral Grove when it was threatened by a government-planned parking lot, provided him with the basis for a newspaper column ‘Island Lens’ which was published in the Parksville-Qualicum News for 5 years. Boyce is already working on his next film in collaboration with  Kwaxsistalla, Chief Adam Dick and Kim Recalma-Clutesi who is co-director & producer of ‘Singing Through the Seasons’ focusing on the traditional harvests of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.