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  • Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

“Tying together problems of overpopulation, pollution, consumption, global warming, industrial development and more, “Surviving Progress” offers a cinematic wakeup call so cogent and non-didactic even Tea Partiers would be hard-pressed to shrug it off.”

  • Brian D. Johnson, MACLEANS MAGAZINE, Canada

    “Turning ideas into seductive, irresistible cinema isn’t easy, especially if they’re the kind of ideas that are good for you.   ….The latest example is Surviving Progress, a Canadian documentary about the increasing weight of the human footprint of the planet. It’s a high-level lesson that is enlightening, engrossing and beautiful to look at.  …  If The Inconvenient Truth and Inside Job had a brainy love child, it might look like Surviving Progress.  Surviving Progress marks progress for the docu-essay. It presents some nifty paradigms—like the notion that our brain’s software is still running on primate hardware that hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. And, with intelligent calm, it challenges our passive assumption that the planet is too big to fail.”                          


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  •   Greg Quill, TORONTO STAR

“If you’re still scratching your head and asking yourself what the Occupy Movement is all about, get yourself a ticket to the next screening of Montreal filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ crucial, captivating and profoundly disturbing documentary feature, Surviving Progress. … In the tradition of the best “issue docs” of recent times — The Corporation, Manufacturing Consent, Inside Job — this economically crafted, exquisitely argued essay makes its disquieting case without hysteria or prejudice, without irony or jingoism, and with just a soupçon of self-loathing.”–surviving-progress-the-stench-of-truth


  •  Ken Eisner, GEORGIA STRAIGHT, Vancouver

“The Canadian-made documentary of the year takes you beyond current surface environmental and financial disasters into the major mindset adjustments we must undertake if we’re not going to simply build bigger Band-Aids every year until the lights go out.”


“a stylishly provocative exploration of the crises humans have created through our own actions, mostly in the name of “improving” life.”


  • Kevin Laforest, HOUR, Montreal

“Koyaanisqatsi meets The Corporation in this thought-provoking, brilliantly crafted film about nothing less than the history of the modern world and the fate of civilization – all that in 85 minutes! …. Surviving Progress is as ambitious as it gets and pulls it off. It raises more questions than it answers, of course, but that’s the name of the game when you’re tackling such lofty subjects.”


  •  Bernard St. Laurent, CBC Radio One’s C’EST LA VIE

“completely engaging … a very powerful movie.”



  •  Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, Programmer,TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“Intelligent, compelling and featuring some of the world’s great contemporary thinkers, Surviving Progress is nothing short of a massive taking stock. … Like some of the key socio-political documentaries of the last ten years – The Corporation,  Manufactured Landscapes, An Inconvenient Truth, Force of Nature and Inside Job Surviving Progress raises critical questions about the pivotal mistakes society has made. It does so from a remarkable big-picture perspective, seamlessly tackling multiple and disparate issues.”


  •  Andrew Parker, NOW MAGAZINE, Toronto

“An admirable film that’s bound to spark necessary and passionate discussions.”


  •  Adam Nayman, THE GRID, Toronto

Surviving Progress distinguishes itself from the herd through its visionary imagery. The film’s opening, involving apes working with tools, pays homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey—a sign that the filmmakers are thinking big.”


  •   Brendan Kelly, THE MONTREAL GAZETTE

“[a] brainy, visually arresting but oh so disturbing look at our unfortunate tendency

to endanger the future of our planet in the name of progress.”


  •  Claude Chamberland, Co-founder and director, FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA, Montreal

Un film important, essentiel


  • Helen Faradji, FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA, Montreal

“Sans donner de lecons de morale, mais poignant un tableau nourri des perspectives, le film, fascinant et visuellement tres ambitieux, tire une sonnetted’alarme que nous n’avons pas le choix d’entendre. Avant qu’il ne soit trop tard.”

“Offering a multi-facted view that avoids moralizing, this fascinating and visually ambitious film sounds an alarm that we have no choice but to listen to. Before it’s too late.”


  •  Adrian Mack, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, Vancouver

“ ……the film is laced with powerfully thoughtful talking heads assessing the mother of all progress traps—our incipient perfect storm of eco-doom and societal collapse.”


  •  24th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam catalogue

“fast-paced and visually appealing”


  •   Vancouver International Film Festival catalogue

“this documentary provides a subversive diagnosis of mankind’s unique abilities and the danger they’ve brought to the world … a provocative film, one which gets to the fundamental nature and effects of the human condition with disturbing precision.”



  • Alison Rose, FILMMAKER [Love At The Twilight Motel]

“I loved Surviving Progress… everything from global warming to the financial meltdown fit into the same human behavioural model.”


  • Ronald Wright, AUTHOR, “A Short History of Progress”

“It’s brilliant; I’m delighted. The film has a cool, hip, cutting-edge feel. I think this film will wake a lot of people up.”


  •  Gary Marcus, AUTHOR, “The Birth of the Mind”, “Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind” and “Guitar Zero”

“Truly honored to be in the company of Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, and Stephen Hawking. Any one who cares about the future of civilization should see Surviving Progress, when it comes to a theatre near you.”


  • Dr. Michael Hudson, Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic  Trends Forum, Wall Street Financial Analyst, DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, Kansas City

“I’ll watch the progress of your film eagerly. I hope it gains traction and catalyzes the discussion.”