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photo from the film 'On the Line'
General · 22nd March 2012
Judy Leicester
Presented by Sierra Quadra on Saturday March 24th. Please note that the films start at 7 pm and doors open at 6:30.
The award-winning documentary spOIL is the result of a Rave (a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) to the Great Bear Rainforest by the International League of Conservation Photographers. The seven world-renowned photographers and three videographers focused their energy and cameras on this pristine region in response to the plans by Enbridge Inc to build a pipeline for heavy crude oil from the Alberta tar sands across British Columbia to the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest.

In On The Line, filmmaker Frank Wolf and his friend Todd McGowan undertake a low-tech trip along the proposed route of the Enbridge pipeline, making investigative pit stops along the way. Wolf gives voice to the citizens whose lives will be upended by the project – some are ambivalent, most are opposed, all are fearful. Wolf's documentary is brilliantly structured: his trip through the relatively unspoiled land of two provinces is a literal, slowly cumulative demonstration of what exists now, and what could be ruined tomorrow. His casual, detouring trek is an act of witness and exposure that the corporate media aims to minimize. Here are the land and its people; here will be the natural and human costs of the Tar Sands.

Caitlyn Vernon, Coastal Programs Campaigner for the Sierra Club BC, will talk about the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel Hearings and answer questions on the project.

The usual yummy desserts and refreshments will be available. Admission is by donation.