The moving film “You can panic” on climate change in Poland is available on YouTube. The latest film by Jonathan Ramsey, an American author of documentary films from Warsaw, creator of, among others “Smog Wars” and “Living with Warsaw” is a nostalgic portrait of a 62-year-old atmospheric physicist, prof. Szymon Malinowski, director of the Institute of Geophysics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw.
The professor deals with the phenomena leading to climate change and has been warning about the impending threat for years. Szymon, who educates others throughout his professional life, is shown when he has to deal with a personal tragedy that prompts him to evaluate the achievements of his life. “Does it even make sense to think about life longer than in the perspective of several dozen years?” – the main character asks in the film. In Poland, where there is no education on climate change, prof. Szymon Malinowski carries out his own mission – he warns of the impending climate catastrophe, the coming of which keeps him awake at night.
Ramsey United is a one-man production company that was founded in 2015 in Warsaw. The founder is an American living in Poland since 2010. Jonathan L. Ramsey comes from Chicago and has never made films before. The company produces independent, personal documentaries on important social issues, such as the natural environment, altruism, and a sense of alienation.
Ramsey United has produced three documentaries so far: “Living with Warsaw”, “My Own Brexit” and “Smog Wars”. Each of them was financed independently, thanks to public collections and investment of own funds. Despite budget restrictions, each produced film was shown at film festivals, and the rights to broadcast them were purchased by Polish TV stations.
“You Can Panic,” Ramsey United’s latest film, is the company’s biggest production to date. The goals, however, remain the same: conveying educational and artistic values.