Prosperous Mountain’ is a short documentary film, filmed at Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the High Arctic which archives food crop seeds for future generations. The film is accompanied by a Limited Edition DVD + essay, and ‘The Road North’, a series of C-type photographs. The film and photographs are intended to facilitate a space for contemplation through the documentary cinematic form, topic, content and critical context; this brings insights and paradigms for future practice into documentary filmmaking identifying effective technical and rhetorical strategies for intuitive interventions when constructing documentary cinematic narratives.
The research relates to the history of cinematic interpretation of the polar landscape; it employs observational documentary cinematic techniques to elicit new thinking, debate and action regarding climate emergency. The aesthetic refinement through the cinematic methodologies contributes to a novel visual expression emphasising contemporary environmental concerns. The depiction of the Arctic landscape draws on filmmakers Herzog, Kossakovsky, Tarkovsky; echoing the contemplative approach of Ponting's ‘The Great White Silence’ (1924) and Flaherty's ‘Nanook of the North’ (1922).
Morstang gained exclusive access to the vault and used filmed interviews on location with international scientists to inform the film. Research methods include observational documentary cinematic techniques: unfolding narratives investigating complexities of the Arctic landscape of human interventions of mining, transport and global seed storage, pointing at a fragile global ecological system that led to the existence of the vault.
The film has screened at international film festivals and art exhibitions since 2014. The screening at the Royal Norwegian Embassy London  led to an interdisciplinary collaboration with leading climate change scientist Camille Parmesan; part of President Macron's Make Our Planet Great Again award [film currently in production].