PROGRAMME THE SECOND ANNUAL WATER DOCS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 21-24, 2013 ~ JACKMAN HALL AT THE AGO
Welcome to the second annual Water Docs International Film Festival. THIS FILM FESTIVAL IS ABOUT ALL THINGS WATER. We hope you’ll have a wonderful time learning about the many ways that H2O touches your life every day. What can you do in your own life and community to help respect and protect the very element that makes life, in all its forms on our big, beautiful, blue planet possible? We challenge you to think about how water has shaped some part of your life. What’s your very own, personal water story? Once you call up that memory, contemplate how water made you feel. Were you happy? Relaxed? Scared? Now take a moment to really explore that feeling and understand its significance in your life, because water has touched each of us in a myriad of ways, and we all have those memories and stories to share. With that in mind, consider how you can take an action step or two toward restoration and conservation of the water that touches your life. It may be as simple as taking shorter showers, or turning off the tap when you brush your teeth. It may be as fun as making your own film about a water project you undertake at home or school, like a xeriscaped garden or a campaign to ban bottled water. It may be as satisfying as donating to a charity or organization that raises awareness and action about water and water issues. Whatever positive action steps you can take in your own life toward helping ensure clean, available and abundant water on our planet for every life form on Earth, you are helping make a difference for yourself and for everyone else. Just imagine when everyone takes their own steps, how far we will collectively move forward. So now, sit back, relax and enjoy the films you are about to see. Then, speak with the representatives of our featured environmental organizations, ask questions of our filmmakers and guest speakers, and share what you’ve learned with your family and friends. It is only through sharing and working together that we will have the impact to make a significant difference. 2
A special thanks to those who helped found Water Docs International Film Festival. FOUNDING PATRONS: John & Thea Patterson Glen Warren David & Anne Patterson
Kyle McKenna & Sarah Patterson Howard Barrie Robert & Sandra Rafos
FSC LOGO Printing courtesy of Warrenâ€™s Waterless
Honouring Marjorie J. Sharpe Marjorie J. Sharpe is first and foremost a social innovator. She is one of the creators of what has now come to be called social innovation. She is always focused on changing hearts and minds for she understands that this is an essential part of meaningful social change. An independent consultant in the charitable sector for more than 30 years, Marjorie J. Sharpe is President of Sharpe & Associates, where she’s consulted with health care institutions in Canada and the U.S. on management training programs and management systems. As President and CEO of Altruvest Charitable Services, which assists charities to operate effectively and efficiently, she introduced the BoardMatch program, now one of the most successful programs in Canada to recruit and train new board members. She was Senior Consultant to the Regent Park Community Health Centre’s successful Pathways to Education Program since its inception in 2001. This resulted in the recent launch of the Pathways Canada Foundation. As President and CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation (19851996), where capital assets of the Foundation grew from $640,000 to $17 million during her tenure, she supervised the investment of over $3 million in community grants to hundreds of organizations. She has been with Ecologos since day one, sharing our belief that changing attitudes and changing behaviours go hand-inhand, and she has always been an integral part of everything Ecologos has done. Without Marjorie, the Water Docs International Film Festival would not exist. We are thrilled that the Festival is being inaugurated in her honour. Thank you for everything Marjorie.
The Marjorie J. Sharpe Fund for Education about Water supports public education and community learning
aimed at changing practices and attitudes about water. As the fund grows, it will support innovative programs by many organizations. In its first year, it will help fund the following Ecologos programs:
Water Docs @ School is an online program offered to all grade 8 classrooms in Ontario, in partnership with Learning for a Sustainable Future. Students will create short video documentaries of a hands-on water project they conceived and implemented. Their videos will be showcased at next year’s festival. Water Docs WhereYou Live is a replicable program model for community-sized Water Docs Festivals. The pilot is Water Docs Kawartha in 2013 and 2014, already with amazing community and city support. Water Journey takes place with citizen groups of all types. It is a facilitated two-hour group program where citizens are drawn to reflect on their own most powerful experiences of water. Then, from the energy this creates, commit to taking action. 4
All contributions from Canadian sources will receive a Charitable Tax Receipt. The Ecologos Institute is a registered Canadian charity #877193821RR0001.
WATER DOCS AT-A-GLANCE SCHEDULE Guest Speakers
Aarti Shrivastava, filmmaker
White Knight 86 Centimetres
Celebrating Voices from the Waters
MARCH 21 Opening Night South Asia Celebration
Katarina Soukup, producer Kevin Caners, filmmaker
The Zen of Rowing
Urban Waters and City Dwellers
MARCH 22 World Water Day A Cappella Music by H2O
Josephine Mandamin, elder Sylvia Plain, waterwalker
Water Wisdom of our First Nations
Alanna Mitchell, author
A Sea Change
A Sea Turtle Story
Ocean Acidification Matinée Screening
Alex & Tyler Mifflin, filmmakers
Carpageddon Reefer Madness
The Water Brothers Event Family Friendly Screening
MARCH 23 Inauguration Ceremony Honouring Marjorie J. Sharpe
Guy Reid, filmmaker
Rivers and Watersheds and Our Beautiful Blue Planet
Denis McCready, producer Kristy Neville, filmmaker
Seeking The Current
Water and Energy Matinée Screening
Suzanne Chisholme & Michael Parfit, filmmakers
The Whale Story & Meltdown
Water and Wildlife Family Friendly Screening
MARCH 24 Closing Night Canadian Premiere of WATERSHED
WATER DOCS FILM SYNOPSES THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013 7:00 PM
OPENING NIGHT SOUTH ASIA CELEBRATION Celebrating our partnership with the Voices from the Waters International Film Festival in Bangalore, India Filmmaker Aarti Shrivastava will be available via live internet feed for a post-screening Q&A
(2011 – 25 minutes – India) Filmmaker: Aarti Shrivastava Producer: Akshay Kumar White Knight is the story of a fascinating and courageous man who creates artificial glaciers in the treacherous mountain terrain of Ladakh, Northern India. The stark, feral and breathtakingly beautiful land of Ladakh is grappling with an alarming water scarcity. In this high altitude desert, melting glaciers have been the traditional source of fresh water. However due to global warming, glaciers are melting faster—and today in Ladakh fresh water has become more precious than oil. (Source: SAFF Canada 2012 listing)
(2011 – 39 minutes – Holland and Bhutan) Filmmakers: Peterjan van der Burgh & Tshering Gyeltshen © bhutan+partners 86 centimetres is set in Bhutan an idyllic kingdom nestled in the Himalayas. With seventy percent of the country under forest cover, Bhutan’s pristine ecology is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna. However, this hotspot of environmental conservation is facing the indisputable effects of global warming. Rapid melting of ice is weakening the walls of Bhutan's Himalayan glacial lakes which could cause massive glacial floods. (Source: SAFF Canada 2012 listing) Featured ENGO: Community Environment Alliance
Co-Presenter: Bangalore Film Society Co-Presenter:
FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013 7:00 PM
WORLD WATER DAY URBAN WATERS AND CITY DWELLERS Producer Katarina Soukup, Filmmaker Kevin Caners & Krystyn Tully from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper will be in attendance. We'll also hear from Lost Rivers Walks and Waterlution. A Cappella Music by H2O.
(2012 – 72 minutes – Canada)
Filmmaker: Caroline Bâcle Producer: Katarina Soukup Once flowing through nearly every developed city in the world, rivers provided the infrastructure upon which modern metropolises were built. In this adventurous and revelatory look into the disappearance and recent resurfacing of these historic waterways, Lost Rivers leads us down the drain into vast underground museums of urban development. (Source: Planet In Focus 2012 listing)
SHORT: THE ZEN OF ROWING (2012 – 5 minutes – Canada) Filmmaker: Kevin Caners A solo sculler finds surprising solitude and peacefulness in the heart of Canada’s biggest city as she rows down the Humber River. (Source: Planet In Focus 2012 listing) Featured ENGO: Toronto Green Community
SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013
1:00 PM WATER BROTHERS EVENT FAMILY FRIENDLY SCREENING The Water Brothers will be in attendance.
(2012 – 28 minutes – Canada)
Filmmakers: Alex & Tyler Mifflin a.k.a. The Water Brothers Asian Carp have invaded the Mississippi, and destroyed the lucrative fishing industry. Today, only an electric fence is keeping them from entering the Great Lakes, and a few have already been spotted. If any more cross that barrier, prepare for Carpageddon.
Filmmakers: Alex & Tyler Mifflin a.k.a. The Water Brothers
Filmmakers: Jeff Bear and Marianne Jones
(2012 – 23.5 minutes – Canada)
The world’s coral reefs are home to a quarter of all marine life – and they’re being wiped out. The Water Brothers take you to the second longest reef system on Earth, the Mezo-American reef. Why are we killing the most important, underwater sanctuaries on earth? And how do we stop Reefer Madness? Featured ENGO: Great Lakes Commons Map
3:00 PM OCEAN ACIDIFICATION MATINÉE SCREENING
Author Alanna Mitchell, Sea Sick, will be in attendance.
A SEA CHANGE
(2009 – 86 minutes – USA) Filmmaker: Barbara Ettinger Co-Producer: Sven Huseby Imagine a world without fish. It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. After reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Darkening Sea,” Sven becomes obsessed with the rising acidity of the oceans and what this “sea change” bodes for mankind. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington, and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of.
SHORT: A SEA TURTLE STORY (2012 – 10 minutes – Canada)
Filmmaker: Kathy Shultz (NFB) A Sea Turtle Story is a moving and exquisite stop-motion animated film that chronicles the life cycle of this critically endangered species. Co-Presenter:
7:00 PM THE INAUGURATION EVENT WATER AND THE WISDOM OF OUR FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES Water Walkers Grandmother Josephine Mandamin & Sylvia Plain will be in attendance.
(2012 – 94 minutes – Canada) One elder’s passion is lovingly depicted in this portrait of courage, determination and the power of water. Josephine Mandamin has spent the last 10 years on a remarkable journey on foot to raise awareness of the importance, fragility and sacredness of water, including walking around all the Great Lakes down to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. In 2011, Josephine embarked on her most ambitious walk yet: to collect four pails of water from Hudson Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, ending at the Great Lakes. Her incredible journey from the four directions to Lake Superior is an inspirational testament to the human spirit and the lifegiving power of water that nourishes us all. (Source: imagineNATIVE 2012 listing)
(2010 – 5.5 minutes – Canada) Filmmaker: Ame Papatsie (NFB) This animated short tells the story of Qalupalik, a part-human sea monster that lives deep in the Arctic Ocean and preys on children who do not listen to their parents or elders. Featured ENGO: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013
1:00 PM WATER AND WILDLIFE FAMILY FRIENDLY SCREENING Filmmakers Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit will be available via live internet feed for a post-screening Q&A.
(2011 – 85 minutes – Canada) Narrated by Ryan Reynolds Filmmakers: Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit This is the true story of a young, wild killer whale - an orca - nicknamed Luna, who lost contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia and turned up alone in a narrow stretch of sea between mountains, a place called Nootka Sound. THE WHALE celebrates the life of a smart, friendly, determined, transcendent being from the other world of the sea who appeared among us like a promise out of the blue: that the greatest secrets in life are still to be discovered.
SHORT: THE WHALE STORY (2012 – 3.5 minutes – USA) Filmmaker: Tess Martin A fisherman experiences a moment of connection with a female humpback whale in the waters off of San Francisco. Is this an example of inter-species communication or a mysterious fluke? This true story is retold in paint on a 16 foot high wall with the help of the passing public in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park.
7:00 PM CLOSING NIGHT RIVERS AND WATERSHEDS AND OUR BEAUTIFUL BLUE PLANET Filmmaker Guy Reid will be available via live internet feed for a post-screening Q&A.
CANADIAN PREMIER WATERSHED (2012 – 57 minutes – USA)
(2012 – 1.5 minutes – Canada)
Narrated by Robert Redford Filmmakers: Mark Decena and James Redford
Filmmaker: Carrie Mombourquette (NFB) With the last of the arctic ice disappearing, a polar bear decides to try his luck finding a job in the big city. It’s hard fitting into the human world, however, and so this bear finds a more creative solution to his original predicament. Featured ENGO: Co-Presenter: Toronto Wildlife Centre and Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre
4:00 PM WATER AND ENERGY MATINÉE SCREENING
Producer Denis McCready and Filmmaker Kristy Neville will be in attendance.
SEEKING THE CURRENT (2011 – 86 minutes – Canada)
Narrated by Roy Dupuis Filmmakers: Nicolas Boisclair, Alexis de Gheldere and Denis McCready The film is a convincing critique of Hydro Quebec's Romaine River initiative--a plan to construct four dams along the 500-kilometre waterway. It's also a story of devolution from social democratic ideals to greed and environmental destructiveness. Narrated by Dupuis and framed by the filmmakers' 2008 canoe journey down the river, this movie details the history of Quebec's energy industry, the likely environmental costs of the new project and, most constructively, the plethora of alternatives to hydroelectricity.
SHORT: DOLIME DILEMMA (2012 – 12 minutes – Canada) Filmmaker: Kristy Neville This film brings the global concern for our water supply closer to home; to Guelph, Ontario. Is there adequate security for Guelph’s groundwater supply? Are our fundamental resources really being protected in Ontario? Featured ENGO: FLOW Canada Forum for Leadership On Water
WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the oncemighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. Sweeping through seven U.S. and two Mexican states, the Colorado River is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation and energy generation. And with 70% of the rivers’ water supporting agriculture, the river already runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California. Unless action is taken, the river will continue its retreat – a potentially catastrophic scenario for the millions who depend on it.
SHORT: OVERVIEW (2012 – 19 minutes – UK)
Filmmakers: Guy Reid, Christoph Ferstad and Steve Kennedy Astronauts who have seen the Earth from space have often described the ‘overview effect’ as an experience that has transformed their perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it, and enabled them to perceive it as our shared home, without boundaries between nations or species. OVERVIEW is a short film that explores this perspective through interviews with astronauts who have experienced the overview effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for humanity as a whole, and especially its relevance to how we meet the tremendous challenges facing our planet at this time. Featured ENGO: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
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This is the Programme Book for the 2013 Water Docs Film Festival held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Published on Mar 17, 2013
This is the Programme Book for the 2013 Water Docs Film Festival held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.