Welcome to the third annual Water Docs 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. 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. The Water Docs Campaign for Action, in association with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, is about exploring the many ways in which we can each change our actions to make a positive and concrete difference. Water YOU Doing? Join the wave at www.waterdocs.ca. 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.
March 21- 29, 2014
A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to extend warm greetings to all those gathered for the annual Water Docs Film Festival at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Film is a powerful means of sharing stories and offering a glimpse into other cultures, lives and experiences. As Premier, I am pleased to lend my voice to a festival that promotes water conservation. The decisions we make every day, in everything we do, have a lasting impact on our environment and our economy. Protecting the quality of our water by making responsible choices in how we live is a challenge we must all embrace. The festival is an excellent opportunity to discuss issues related to our water and to listen to knowledgeable guest speakers. I applaud everyone attending the Water Docs Film Festival. Thanks to your generous support, you are helping to protect and raise awareness of one of our most important resources â€” water. You are also helping to create a more sustainable future for all Ontarians. To participating filmmakers: I offer my congratulations. May this event be an opportunity to open doors and reach a broader audience. And to the dedicated staff and volunteers who made this festival possible: I offer my sincere thanks for your hard work. Please accept my best wishes for a highly successful film festival.
Kathleen Wynne Premier
A special thanks to those who help support the continued growth of the Water Docs Film Festival. ORGANIZING PARTNER
LEAD PATRONS & PARTNERS Derek Day & Diane Donley
John & Thea Patterson
Marjorie J. Sharpe
Robert & Sandra Rafos
SUPPORTING PARTNERS David & Anne Patterson
Ian W. Gilmour
McLean Smits Family Foundation
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A huge thank you to Misha Dubrovsky, Bike Pirates, Percy White and the Toronto Tool Library for their bountiful donations of time, space, energy, and tools that have brought the Pedal Project to life. 4
The Marjorie J. Sharpe Fund for Education about Water
Congratulations on Water Docs Festival 2014 What better way is there to tell the story of water than through film? We would like to recognize all the contributors to this year’s festival, especially the work of The Ecologos Institute for their vision and passion about water that created this festival 3 years ago. RBC is proud to once again play an important role in bringing Water Docs to life. As we mark the opening night of this year’s Festival on the eve of World Water Day, it reminds us all of the important role water plays in communities around the world. To help address some of the challenges that are facing us in the coming decades, RBC created the Blue Water Project- an innovative, wideranging, 10-year, global commitment to help protect the world’s most precious natural resource: freshwater. To date, RBC has pledged over $36 million to more than 500 charitable organizations worldwide that protect watersheds and promote access to clean drinking water, with an additional $6 million pledged to universities for water programs and research. Our hope is that by supporting initiatives like the Water Docs Film Festival people will not only become further educated about water, but will take action to create change in their own lives, their community and beyond. We know you will enjoy this year’s films, as they challenge us to ask questions, create dialogue, promote action and most of all help us recognize the beauty and value of water.
Gayle Corcoran Director, Community and Cultural Marketing
WATER DOCS/DEAUCUMENTAIRES DATE
World Premier of Cold Amazon: The Mackenzie River Basin
How Wolves Change Rivers
9:30 PM MARCH 22
World Water Day
Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale
Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion
Introduction to Water
Water Everywhere Plastic Ocean
4:00 PM MARCH 25
9:30 AM to
Students’ projects film reel
Water Docs @ School Day
Le Porteur D’eau
Une Histoire de Tortues
The Ocean Inside
Farmed & Dangerous?
Kiss The Water
2014 SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCE THEME
Bob Sandford, EPCOR chair Kristy Neville & Greg Francis, filmmakers
Water YOU Doing? Campaign Launch Party
Rick Miller, MC
The Water Journey
Bob Isenberger, workshop facilitator
Cleaning Up The Ganges Asian Carp and The Great Lakes
Charlotte Engel & Scott Dobson, filmmakers
The Art of Water
Emily Hunter, environmental filmmaker & author
Family Day Activities Fun for the Whole Family
Water Brothers - special pre-recorded introductions Keepers of the Water: Litany of Lament Toronto Urban Native Ministry: Drummers The Pedal Power Show
Family Day Activities The Overview Effect: Shifting Perspective
Waterlution, workshop facilitator
Water Docs @ School (Private event - Invitation only)
Georgie Horton-Baptiste, anishinaabe-kwe water activist Robyn Hamlyn, water warrior & student activist Rick Miller, award winning writer/performer/eco-educator Pascal GĂŠlinas, filmmaker Kathy Shultz, filmmaker
Water and Energy
Cameron Esler via Skype, filmmaker Claude Sauveplane, UN Advisor on Water Resources
The Downside of Fish Farming
Twyla Roscovich & Alexandra Morton via Skype, filmmakers
The Joy and Sorrow of Fishing
Eric Steel via Skype, filmmaker Wietse & Douwe van der Werf via Skype, filmmakers 7
WATER DOCS FILM SYNOPSES FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
7:00 PM OPENING NIGHT OH! CANADA... WORLD PREMIER COLD AMAZON: THE MACKENZIE RIVER BASIN
(2014 – 22 minutes – CAN) Jackman Hall Cinema, AGO Filmmaker: aRTLeSS Collective Narrated by celebrated northern journalist Paul Andrew, Cold Amazon tells the story of Canada’s massive Mackenzie River Basin. At 1.8 million sq. km, covering three provinces and all three territories, the Mackenzie plays a significant environmental, economic and spiritual role that stretches far beyond its borders. This short documentary highlights the importance and vulnerability of the mighty watershed through the impassioned voices of those who rely on its health and work for its protection. Special Guest Speaker: Bob Sandford is EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade, and is featured in the film.
(2013 – 15 minutes – CAN) Filmmakers: Greg Francis & Kristy Neville Featuring breathtaking imagery of Western Canada in the heart of winter; TAR offers a firsthand look at the pristine ecology put at risk by a highly controversial project to transport Oilsands crude oil to Asian markets.
HOW WOLVES CHANGE RIVERS
(2014 – 4.5 minutes – USA) Filmmakers: Steve & Chris Agnos When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix. Featured ENGO:
9:30 PM CAMPAIGN FOR ACTION LAUNCH PARTY WATER YOU DOING? BAU-XI PHOTO GALLERY Join us for the celebration at the Bau-Xi Photography Gallery, 324 Dundas Street West, across the street from the AGO.
Presented in association with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
MC: Rick Miller
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014
12:00 PM WORLD WATER DAY THE WATER JOURNEY WORKSHOP AGO Seminar Room Facilitator: Bob Isenberger The Water Journey is an inspiring, experiential and participatory half-day event where people can reconnect with their personal passions for the vital dimensions water plays in our lives. The forum invites us to recall and share the water places and events in our personal history that have had an impact on our lives. The power of these stories reminds us of the importance of this life-giving substance, and can reconnect us with a passion for ensuring its continued safety and availability for all. Building on these reminders, we then consider ways in which each of us can become active in the campaign to ensure the health and preservation of water everywhere. Presented in association with Ecologos
2:30 PM WORLD WATER DAY CELEBRATION IN MISSISSAUGA ELEMENTAL
(2012 – 57 minutes – USA) Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, 6525 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga
Filmmakers: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Gayatri Roshan
Three Stories, Three Continents, One Commitment to Change Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, ﬂawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle. Co-Presenter:
3:30 PM WORLD WATER DAY ASIAN CARP AND THE GREAT LAKES CARPE DIEM: A FISHY TALE (2013 – 52.5 minutes – CAN) Filmmakers: Charlotte Engel & Scott Dobson
Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale looks at an ecologic bombshell, just waiting to explode. Asian Carp are on the door step of the Great Lakes. The only thing holding them back is an electric barrier just south of Chicago. Scientists are working hard to develop new technologies to keep them out. Down south, where all hope is lost, they are going medieval on this slimy foe. Can they be stopped?
7:00 PM WORLD WATER DAY THE ART OF WATER WATERMARK
(2013 – 100 minutes – CAN) Filmmakers: Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky Watermark is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive ﬂoating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka.
DETOX: HOW PEOPLE POWER IS CLEANING UP FASHION (2013 – 4 minutes – INTNL) A Greenpeace Campaign Film
Around the world a growing movement of people are using their creativity, design skills and purchasing power to demand fashion without pollution. United by a shared belief that the clothes we wear should carry a story we can be proud of, activists, bloggers, designers, scientists and models have been able to convince big brands including Zara, Mango, Valentino, UNIQLO and H&M to commit to toxicfree fashion. There is still a long way to go, but our successes so far prove that when we work together, big brands are forced to stand up and deliver. Featured ENGO:
(2012 – 28 minutes – CAN) Filmmakers: The Water Brothers – Alex & Tyler Mifflin Asian carp have invaded the Mississippi River, and destroyed its 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. The Brothers find out what an Asian carp invasion could do to the Great Lakes’ 4.5 billion dollar fishing economy and examine how other invasive species have changed the Great Lakes ecosystem. Featured ENGO and Co-Presenter:
SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
FAMILY DAY Enjoy an afternoon of fun and informative activities and film screenings for the entire family! Engage in water-related activities with Ecoloodi and Engineers Without Borders that help youth investigate the world of healthy (or unhealthy) water around the globe. Watch fascinating documentaries by Toronto’s own Water Brothers to help you understand specific water issues. Experience The Pedal Power Show which explores the energy it takes to get water to our taps at home. Screenings begin at 2:00 PM 9
WATER EVERYWHERE... BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK
(2013 – 25.5 minutes – CAN) Filmmakers: The Water Brothers – Alex & Tyler Mifflin
Canadians are big water users and are also advanced in water treatment and distribution technologies. Yet, in one of the most water rich countries in the world, approximately one out of every five First Nations communities in Canada lacks access to clean, safe and sustainable drinking water. Why do some First Nations communities have these problems and others do not and are thriving? How can there be economic independence and advancement for these communities without this basic human right? The Brothers travel to First Nations communities in search of the answers.
(2013 – 25.5 minutes – CAN) Filmmakers: The Water Brothers – Alex & Tyler Mifflin
The Brothers embark on a sailing adventure to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to the remote “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, a massive collection of plastic waste congregated together by swirling ocean currents known as gyres. What does the patch look like? How does it affect wildlife and the seafood we eat? Where in the world did this inconceivably massive amount of plastic come from and from what human activities, and more importantly, what can be done about it? The Water Brothers bring us some answers to this strange and disturbing phenomenon. Featured ENGOs:
TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014 7:00 PM
THE OVERVIEW EFFECT: SHIFTING PERSPECTIVE WATERLUTION - WATER DOCS SYMPOSIUM AGO Seminar Room Facilitator: Waterlution In all you’ve lived and seen, have you had an instance where you found meaning in something that is bigger than yourself? A moment of perspective shift? What changed after this moment? How can a perspective shift lead to behavioural shift? What is YOUR role in shifting your own perspective and behaviour and that of others on important water matters? 10
Join us for a stimulating evening with a film screening followed by interactive dialogue, facilitated by Waterlution. Featured ENGO and Co-Presenter:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
WATER DOCS @ SCHOOL RECOGNITION DAY Jackman Hall Cinema, AGO Filmmakers: Participating Grade 8 Classes
This is an invitation only private event to celebrate the inaugural Water Docs @ School program with the participating Grade 8 Classes and their teachers. We will also be screening the films created by the students about their water projects and presenting the best project and the best film awards. Presented in association with Ecologos and Learning for a Sustainable Future
THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 7:00 PM
SOIRÉE FRANCOPHONE LE PORTEUR D’EAU
(2007 – 52 minutes – CAN) Réalisateur: Pascal Gélinas
Ce long métrage documentaire retrace l’effort des hommes et des femmes de l’île de Florès, en Indonésie, qui réinventent leur quotidien après 32 ans de dictature. A travers la quête de l’eau potable, catholiques et musulmans travaillent ensemble à l’instauration d’une démocratie directe et d’une autonomie durable. * Une très courte scène est susceptible d’heurter la sensibilité des plus jeunes (sacrifice d’animal).
UNE HISTOIRE DE TORTUES
(2012 – 10 minutes – CAN) Réalisatrice: Kathy Shultz
Touchante et exquise, cette animation retrace le cycle de vie d’une espèce gravement menacée et capte la beauté des écosystèmes où vivent ces fascinantes créatures. ONGs invitées:
Présenté en association avec
FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 7:00 PM
WATER AND ENERGY BURNING WATER
(2010 – 42.5 minutes – CAN) Jackman Hall Cinema, AGO Filmmakers: Cameron Esler & Tadzio Richards
In the Rosebud River valley, an hour east of Calgary, the water in many homes can be lit on fire. Everyone agrees there’s gas in the water. Few agree on why. At Fiona Lauridsen’s farm, just outside the hamlet of Rosebud, Fiona and her family got skin burns in the shower. Fiona claims that EnCana, Canada’s largest natural gas company, contaminated the aquifer by drilling (fracking) for coal bed methane, a new source of natural gas extraction that often uses chemicals for drilling. As gas wells sprout up across North America, and all around Rosebud, the Lauridsen family struggles to stay together and remain part of their community, at the same time confronting the dark truth of what may be happening beneath the surface.
THE OCEAN INSIDE
(2013 – 2.5 minutes – USA) Filmmaker: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
The Ocean Inside by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is a meditation on surfing, the ocean, and the land that is our home. For this short film Emmanuel joined forces with local writer and surfer Josh Berry, whose words ﬂoat over the beautiful and dramatic landscapes, coastline and ocean waves that form the backdrop for his personal and poetic tale. Featured ENGO and Co-Presenter:
SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014 3:00 PM
THE DOWNSIDE OF FISH FARMING SALMON CONFIDENTIAL (2013 –70 minutes – CAN) Jackman Hall Cinema, AGO Filmmakers: Twyla Roscovich & Alexandra Morton
Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon.
FARMED AND DANGEROUS?
(2013 – 25.5 minutes – CAN) Filmmakers :The Water Brothers – Alex & Tyler Mifflin
People love to eat salmon, but chances are that salmon is not wild. Globally, over 70% of the salmon we eat is raised on fish farms in the open ocean. Does it matter? And is it true that salmon farms, which are supposed to take the pressure off wild salmon stocks, might be wiping them out? To find out, the Brothers immerse themselves in the worlds of both wild and farmed salmon in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Featured ENGO:
7:00 PM CLOSING NIGHT THE JOY AND SORROW OF FISHING KISS THE WATER
(2013 – 80 minutes – USA) Jackman Hall Cinema, AGO Filmmakers: Eric Steel & Kate Swan Megan Boyd’s entire world – her life, livelihood, longing and love – was wrapped up in her mysterious fishing ﬂies – bits of exotic feather, fur and fancy tinsel spun around a tiny metal hook. In every strand, in every fibre there was a story, a fairy tale, a truth – waiting to be unravelled. With breathtaking cinematography and expressive, hand painted animation, Kiss The Water adheres to and escapes from traditional documentary form, spinning the facts and fictions of one woman’s life into a stunning film about craft, devotion, love, and its illusions.
(2013 – 7 minutes – NL) Filmmakers: The Black Fish & MrLee.TV A Black Fish Campaign Film Whales, sharks, dolphins, turtles, seals, rays, skates, tuna, swordfish and mackerel are only very few of the plentiful species which roam the oceans in search of food and shelter. This extraordinary biodiversity has in recent years become steadily more threatened by human activity such as damaging industrial fishing operations and illegal hunting practices. Featured ENGO:
Thanking our volunteers… for real By closing night of the Water Docs Film Festival, over 2000 hours will have been contributed by dozens of volunteers. This runs from those giving a few hours right up to the dozen or so members of our co-ordinating team who give hundreds of hours each. I know our audience members want to join me in thanking these wonderful people for an extraordinary team accomplishment. They do this work because they know how sacred and essential water is in our lives, how it is being threatened all around the world, and how critically important it is that each of us takes responsibility for its wellbeing. In truth, they are not so interested in our thanks and praise. They would rather see their hard work rewarded through the actions we all take to build a world where clean, healthy water is available and affordable for everyone. You can show them your appreciation by taking an active part in our year-long Campaign For Action, and making a commitment to yourself and your family to follow through on each of our monthly challenges. If you are willing, this is the thanks that would certainly appeal to them most. Stan Gibson Executive Director
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