Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Coastal Tarsands: A Journey to the Ass End of the Tar Sands

 COASTAL TARSANDS – Journey to the Deleted Islands

 by Richard Boyce

Canada’s Tarsands require the dirtiest methods of oil extraction in the world. Europe rejected this dirty oil as a significant contributor to greenhouse gas. The Enbridge Corporation is determined to build a 1,170 km pipeline across 2 major Mountain Ranges to the Pacific-Coast of Canada to ship Alberta’s Tarsands to Asia.

2012 Rally Against Tankers BC Legislature - Photo Pete Rockwell

In sharp contrast to the oil company’s multi-million advertising campaign, the filmmakers take a cinematic kayak journey to explore a maze of islands along BC’s remote North Coast, precisely where hundreds of supertankers loaded with millions of barrels of Diluted Bitumen will have to navigate through treacherous waters.

This film takes a first-hand look at the coast, its natural features, the weather, the currents, the wildlife, and the people who live there. –Richard Boyce

 Cinecenta - UVic
May 14 7:00pm

COASTAL TARSANDS – Journey to the Deleted Islands (77 min) PLUS RAINFOREST – The Limit of Splendour (52 min)

Richard Boyce · Canada · 2014 · 77 mins · not rated


Watch the Trailer

7PM: COASTAL TARSANDS – Journey to the Deleted Islands (77 min)

PLUS: RAINFOREST – The Limit of Splendour (52 min)

Inspired by a Kwaxkwaka'wakw clan chief, the filmmaker embarks upon a cinematic journey contrasting the tree-farms that dominate the landscape surrounding his home with an ancient rainforest on the Pacific Coast of Canada. Guided by passion and a determination to honor reality, Boyce travels to the most remote corner of Vancouver Island, through some of the most intensive logging on the planet, into a wilderness that is on the brink of extinction. Massive trees, ranging in age between 1,200 years old and seedlings, thrive along the banks of an ancient river floodplain, which provides for diverse life forms in the temperate rainforest. This film is an evocative journey, contrasting forestry as practiced for ten thousand years by First Nation's people with modern logging. –Richard Boyce

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