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2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Join us for the 2014 Wild and Scenic Film Festival, where activism gets inspired! Ottawa Riverkeeper’s 2nd annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival happens February 20, 2014. Enjoy inspiring films, speakers, stunning underwater photos, displays, a silent auction and more at Library and Archives Canada.

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N4

Thursday, February 20, 6 – 10 PM (films start at 7 PM)

Tickets $15 each. Buy now


Anson Fogel, Shannon Ethridge
Tangled vines. Endless rain. Dodgy hotel rooms. Mud. Biting flies. Aggressive viruses…Is this a vacation? It is a hunt for the perfect waterfall.
(USA, 2013, 8 min, Adventure)

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Streams of Consequence
James Q Martin, Chris Kasar
In summer 2010, photographer James ‘Q’ Martin founded Rios Libres to protect the wild lands of Patagonia from proposed dams that threaten two of the most pristine rivers in one of the world’s most spectacular regions. Q traveled south again in 2012 and landed in the thick of some of the largest anti-dam protests Chile has ever seen. He captured historic footage of the protests, then traveled the country talking to gauchos, scientists, activists and the public in search of answers. The resulting film addresses the hard questions that remained unanswered: “What does an alternative energy model look like?” “How do the Chileans feel about it?” and “Could Chile become a global leader by gaining energy independence via green technology?”
(USA, 2012, 25 min, Water and Energy)

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Facing Climate Change: Oyster Farmers
Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele
Kathleen Nisbet and her father, Dave, farm oysters in Washington’s Willapa Bay. They recently shifted some of their business to Hawaii, after ocean acidification started killing baby oysters in local hatcheries. This short film is part of a series that explores global climate change through people who live and work in the Pacific Northwest.
(USA, 2013, 5 min, Cllimate Change)

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New Environmentalists, The Supply Chain
John Antonelli, Andrew Black, Todd Miro
Ma Jun created a website that provided air and water pollution data to Chinese citizens, empowering them to hold corporations accountable for their irresponsible, toxic manufacturing practices.
(USA/China, 2012, 4 min, Environmental Justice/Activism)

Of Souls + Water – The Shapeshifter
Skip Armstrong
On the massive waves of Canada’s great rivers, the Shapeshifter conjures his magic, transforming from a charming rogue to a wild creature in flight.
(USA, 6 min, Adventure)

We Should Tell Them
We Should Tell Them…
Laurent Imbault
World Premiere! Encouraged by conversations with their grandparents, Aidan, Degé, and Louis, three teenagers concerned about water issues, set off to explore the Ottawa River on a canoe trip. On their journey, they discover the realities of the river and those who rely on it for their livelihood or simply enjoy it. Through their experience and the things they learn from their guides — including Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown they will come to understand the need to take care of the river, become its keepers, and realize that they have the power to do something.”
(Canada, 2014, 13 min, Kids/Activism)

Anthony Bonello, Nicolas Teichrob
With a pipeline proposal always comes talk of what will be gained – but shouldn’t we be asking, ‘What do we stand to lose?’ A hauntingly beautiful examination of the people and culture of the Great Bear Rainforest – and the lives of those committed to defending its fragile ecosystems.
(Canada, 2013, 46 min, Social Justice/Activism)

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Young Voices for the Planet, Olivia’s Birds and the Oil Spill
Lynne Cherry
Olivia loves her New York forest and the Louisiana gulf coast where her grandparents live. When the BP Oil Spill devastates the coast, Olivia creates 500 paintings of her feathered friends to raise funds for Audubon’s bird rescue.
(USA, 7 min, Kids/Conservation) Winner 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, MY HERO FF.

Bonus: As a special treat, starting at 6:30 PM and again during intermission, we will be showcasing avid underwater photographer hobbyist Dave Finlayson’s amazing images in a slide show. Free diving, Dave explores local lakes and rivers documenting native aquatic life whenever possible.

Bid on amazing silent auction items donated by: Angela’s Bed and Breakfast, Au feel de l’eau, Black Squirrel Books, Councillor Rainer Bloess, Dave Rennie’s Autocare, Daya Spa, Edible Arrangements, Flock Boutique, Gilligallou Bird Store, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Grey Owl Paddles, Inside Out Studio Barre, ipolitics, Jenda Paddlesports, Jerome – Photographer, MEC, National Arts Centre, Natural Food Pantry, Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa Little Theatre, Oziles Marina, Paddlefit, Patagonia, RACCC, Santé Restaurant (Holtz Spa), Ski Vorlage, The Greystone Grill, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Thyme and Again, Trailhead, Mellissa Trudel.

Thank you to these community-minded businesses and organizations.

Sponsored By:

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