Limit is the Sky
2016, 107 min
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), producer Bonnie Thompson
Limit is the Sky details loneliness, family sacrifice and self delusion in this timeless story of chasing gold in isolated frontiers.
The feature-length documentary explores the lives of a diverse group of young dreamers whose search for money, meaning and identity leads them to a remote town in Northern Canada: Fort McMurray, the capital city of the world’s third-largest oil reserves. Shot over four years, Limit Is the Sky captures boom-bust-burn cycle in the oilsands from a deeply personal perspective. It is an unflinchingly honest portrait of a new generation of youth: diverse, ambitious, and driven. The film follows six young Canadians, including refugees from the Middle East and Africa, who come to Northern Alberta, the land of immense sky and dusty winds. “Fort Mac,” as it is known, becomes a testing ground for these young dreamers as they struggle with their own perceptions of money, glory and self-worth, amid plummeting oil prices, an unpredictable economy and a devastating wildfire.
Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Documentary DOXA Documentary Film Festival - 2017
Multimedia Award Calgary Petroleum History Society - 2017