Pipelines and Oil
White Water, Black Gold
at 2:45 pm Theatre 1
64 min. 2011
Director: David Lavallee
White Water, Black Gold takes us with Director David Lavallee on a three-year journey following an imaginary drop of water, and later an imaginary drop of oil, down the Athabasca River and across western Canada. The result explains the inextricable link between water and oil in our modern world while unveiling threats the tar sands projects pose to the third largest watershed in the world as well as the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.
Having worked as a hiking guide in the Columbia Icefields for 15 years, Lavallee saw profound changes to the mountain landscape. At the same time, Alberta was ramping up growth in the extremely water-intensive tar sands industry downstream. Whether it’s a dam breach that could destroy the Mackenzie watershed, tailings ponds that are approaching the size of a great lake, or tanker traffic on Canada’s pristine west coast; it’s clear that our country’s water is in trouble. Filmmaker in attendance.
Sat 4:30 pm Theatre 1
45 min. 2010
Director: Trip Jennings
The International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) teamed up with 3Great Bear Rainforest and the continued efforts of the First Nations communities and conservation groups to protect this wild landscape.
SpOil follows the Great Bear Rainforest Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE) that sent a swat team of photographers and filmmakers to the Great Bear Rainforest to document the beauty and the threats to this wild landscape. Stunning cinematography!
Best Environmental Film, Vancouver International Film Festival; Nominated for the Moving Mountains Award, Telluride Mountain Film Festival
The Pipedreams Project
Sat 5:15 pm Theatre 1
29 min 2011
Filmmakers: Ryan Vandecasteyen and Faroe Des Roche
In May of 2010, Enbridge Inc. made an official application to build twined crude oil and condensate pipelines that would connect Alberta’s Tar Sands to Kitimat, BC, and for the first time bring crude oil super tankers to BC’s North Coast. In the fall of 2010, Curtis, Ryan, and Faroe kayaked 900 km in opposition to this controversial pipeline.
Their journey leads them face to face with the complexity of the environmental assessment process, the difficulties local communities face in having their voices heard, and the growing resistance against the pipeline. Leaving the city behind for adventure and the exploration of the isolated and dangerous coast of BC, they immerse themselves completely in one of the last truly wild places on Earth. The trio becomes deeply impacted by their experience, irreversibly entangled in the Pacific Northwest, and awakened to a world of power, politics, and the question of democracy. Filmmaker in attendance.