Jessica Johnson, Ryan Ermacora
Anyox - Rewire
A former mining town in remote northwest British Columbia, Anyox is now marked by mountainous slag piles accumulated as a byproduct of the early twentieth century copper smelting process. Anyox tracks the daily work of the town’s two sole residents, who organise and salvage value out of this seemingly endless mass of industrial waste. Concurrently, the film unfolds a complex labour history and reveals the vestiges of immense environmental degradation produced by the company-town model. Anyox explores a situated moment of labour press dissemination, activism, and the severe reaction from industry and government. This striking debut feature of Canadian directors Jessica Johnson and Ryan Ermacora, composed of 35mm and 65mm large-format cinematography, is imbued with a score by sound artist and composer Lea Bertucci.