Eric Byler is an award-winning film director and freelance journalist based in Canberra, Australia. A former political reporter for The Young Turks, his film directing credits include Charlotte Sometimes (2002), Americanese (2006), 9500 Liberty (2010), and The Headless Klansman of Selma (2018).
VoicesThe Search for Clean Air Amid Australia’s Smoky Fires
The air purifier reminded me of R2D2. If it lit up blue, we were winning. Seeing blue became my preoccupation.
Video Diary of Apocalypse: A Family Flees Australia’s Fires
A father documents his experience trapped in a beach motel room with two small children, as fires surrounded them.
VoicesThe Banality of Apocalypse: Escaping, With “Paw Patrol” and Daniel Tiger, From the Australian Fires
“At the gas station, we found a long line of vehicles stretching most of the length of the very small town. The sight of this, plus thickening orange haze, reminded me of a disaster movie.”