One man’s journey to understand his personal risk factors, and the societal risks we all share.
Risk Factor was produced in association with TVO, Canal D and Knowledge BC in collaboration with the TELUS Fund. It premiered on TVO August 2017 and is being distributed internationally under the title The Truth About Risk by TVF in the UK.
PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AND MOBILE APP
In 2017 Kensington launched a campaign to increase the public understanding of risk, supported by the Risk Factor film and a Kensington-produced mobile app: Risk Navigator.
Risk Factor begins with filmmaker Robert Lang expressing confusion about his personal risks and the societal risks that seem to threaten us all. Which risk factors are truly dangerous? And which ones don’t matter? To gain insight, he decides to go on a journey to meet the world’s top risk experts.
Robert encounters a renowned statistician at Cambridge University, an extreme ice climber on an avalanche-prone mountain, a physicist in a nuclear reactor, and a security guru at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The twists and turns of Robert’s journey lead him to reconsider the riskiest moments in his own life story: a drunken joyride, a brush with nuclear radiation, a murder on his doorstep, and his parents’ escape from Nazi Germany – a family history that speaks to the current risks of terrorism.
In the end, Robert meets a Yale researcher whose data seem to prove that society will never agree about the biggest risks we face – that our risk perceptions will always be tied to our tribe. If that’s really true…we’re all screwed. But despite these gloomy findings, the filmmaker finds reason to hope, with the resolve to be more resilient amid uncertainty.
Director and Producer
Produced in association with TVO
Produced with the Participation of TELUSfund, Canada Media Fund
Executive Producers (TVO)
JANE JANKOVIC, NATASHA NEGREA
Independent Production Officer (TVO)
Researcher / Original Idea
FLORENCIA MARTINEZ CARRANZA
On-camera Participants (in order of appearance):
DAVID SPIEGELHALTER – Professor, Statistics Cambridge University
WILL GADD – Professional Adventure Athlete
DR. PETER LIN – Family Practitioner
FIONA MCNEILL – Professor, Radiation Physics McMaster University
GRANT STATHAM – Risk Specialist Parks Canada
BRUCE SCHNEIER – Fellow, Berkman Center Harvard University
DAN KAHAN – Professor, Law Department Yale University
DARWIN De GUZMAN
Post Production Coordinator / Assistant Editor
FLORENCIA MARTINEZ CARRANZA
Animation and Motion Graphics
Conform and Online Editor
Business Affairs Coordinator
Digital Marketing Manager
DANILO FERRON, Blue Maroon Media
JOANNE FISHBURN, GOOD INFLUENCE FILMS
Impact Partners and Collaborators
CANADA SAFETY COUNCIL
RISK INNOVATION LAB, ARIZONA STATE UNVERSITY
THE WINTON CENTRE FOR RISK AND EVIDENCE COMMUNICATION, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
KAY AND WARBURTON
ALEX DWORKIN CANADIAN JEWISH ARCHIVES
BIG UP PRODUCTIONS
CBC ARCHIVE SALES/ ARCHIVES RADIO-CANADA
CTV NEWS STOX, A DIVISION OF BELL MEDIA INC.
ENVATO MARKET/ VIDEOHIVE
LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA
NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
PARKS CANADA/ BANFF NATIONAL PARK
RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
WPA FILM LIBRARY
Special Thanks to
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
CENTRE FOR MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES, CAMBRIDGE
McMASTER UNIVERSITY NUCLEAR REACTOR
YALE LAW SCHOOL
FOREST HILL PROSTHODONTICS
WILFRED LAURIER UNIVERSITY
THE SEA TREE, CAMBRIDGE
Produced in collaboration with TELUSfund, a division of Bell Media Inc.
LYNE MACHABÉE, Delegate, Original Productions
Produced in Association with TVO
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit