Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gallery 1C03 & UWSA to screen "To the Tar Sands"

Together as part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica, Gallery 1C03 and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) present the film To the Tar Sands in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall on Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Directed by Emmy award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Jodie Martinson, To the Tar Sands (Canada, 2008) was selected for screening by the UWSA Bike Lab.

The film follows a group of nineteen young environmentalists as they cycle over 1,300 kilometres northbound across Alberta to witness the impacts of Alberta’s tar sands boom firsthand. They talk to farmers, moms and dads, an urban planner, oil industry workers, the chief of a First Nations community and others along the way asking “How has the tar sands boom affected you?” As the kilometres click away, they excavate into their own complicity with Alberta’s rush to develop the tar sands.

Produced on a shoestring budget off of the back of a bicycle, To the Tar Sands screened to a sold-out crowd at the Calgary International Film Festival and was officially selected for the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver.

Please stay for a panel discussion after the film on “Activism, Cycling and Empowerment”, facilitated by Liz Williams of The University of Winnipeg Campus Sustainability Office. Panelists include David Dorning (Coordinator, UWSA Bike Lab), Andrée Forest (Volunteer, UWSA Bike Lab and Ice Rider), Alana Lajoie-O’Malley (Manager, Campus Sustainability Office), and Anika Terton (Public Education and Outreach Coordinator, Climate Change Connection).

All screenings will be open to all audiences – everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to offset the costs of screening the film are welcome.

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall is located on the third floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg. Click here for campus and parking maps.

Gallery 1C03and the UWSA wish to thank Cinema Politica for making it possible for us to participate in this network. We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative.

Image: Scene from To the Tar Sands.

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