Category Archives: ECO Film

Gulf Islands Alliance’s Documentary Film “Islands In Trust”

The ECOreport reposts a 13 minute video, Gulf Islands Alliance’s documentary film “Islands In Trust”

Press Release from the Gulf Island Alliance

The Gulf Islands Alliance (GIA) is pleased to announce the premiere showing of its 13-minute film that celebrates the natural beauty of the Gulf Islands – Islands whose importance was recognized by the Islands Trust Act in the 1970s.

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A Different Vision For British Columbia’s Forests

The ECOreport publishes an OP ED:  what a film maker learned on Cortes Island, a Different Vision for Forestry in British Columbia

By Daniel J. Pierce

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMDaniel J. Pierce is a Victoria-based documentary filmmaker. He is almost finished production on a documentary series entitled Heartwood: A West Coast Forestry Documentree. He is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the post-production of this series. Please click here to watch his pitch video and learn more about his project. And enjoy the brand new Heartwood trailer below.

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The Forestry Conflict At Powell River

Another of Daniel Pearce’s documentaries about Island Timberlands & the ongoing West Coasts Logging problems. The Forestry Conflict At Powell River

From Ramshackle Pictures

By Daniel J Pearce

Powell River has been fighting for its urban forests, which are slated to be logged by Island Timberlands. I.T. has been at the forefront of many forestry conflicts on the west coast of British Columbia, from Cortes Island to Port Alberni to Powell River. Communities are uniting to oppose the logging practices of Island Timberlands, which is the second largest landowner in BC, with over 235,000 Ha. of private managed forestland on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Sunshine Coast. I.T. is majority owned by the BCIMC, the arms-length investment firm of the BC government, which invests all the public sector pension funds. The BC Teachers’ Federation, whose pensions are invested in I.T., recently filed a motion to oppose I.T,’s more controversial logging practices in the Alberni Valley.

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Chilliwack releases Take Back this Land

By Bill Warriner & Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Most of us remember them from the 1970’s and 80’s when, according to Rolling Stone, “At their best, Chilliwack was the finest Canadian rock band, outrocking BTO and outwriting Burton Cummings…” Though the band has gone through several changes of membership, lead singer Bill Henderson remains. The following song is a cry for action in the 2015 election. Together the Henderson girls, Chilliwack releases Take Back this Land.

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Stephen Harper The Musical

From the Salt Spring Exchange

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1James Gordon’s fourth full-length musical play, “Stephen Harper: The Musical,” returns to BC, refreshed and ready to deliver a stern—but funny—reprimand. After numerous successful sessions across the country in the past 18 months, SHTM has kept up to date with the repeat offenses and growing shame of our nation’s capital. The you-tube videos below are from the May 22nd performance at Fulford Hall on Salt Spring Island.

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Behind Standing on Sacred Ground

Connections And Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Christopher McLeod was disturbed by the environmental injustice. He saw Native Americans subjected to airborne coal pollution, and their water being taken for slurry lines. The Hopi elders told him there was a spiritual side to the injustice. These violations were taking place within a network of sacred places that their people had preserved for countless generations. These consisted of a sacred mountain, sacred springs that gave the Hopi life, and their ancestral burial grounds. The elders told him the cause of the West’s environmental crises is the disconnect from their spiritual link to the earth. This has become the message behind Standing on Sacred Ground, a four part documentary which can be seen on the WORLD Channel, Sundays at 9:00 PM (ET) until June 14, 2015.

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The Delight Lake Watershed

Cortes Island Ancient Forest #3
From Ramshackle Pictures

Woodworker Fred Savage and biologist Sabina Leader-Mense take us into the Delight Lake Watershed—also known as Green Valley—a vital water purification area for the inhabitants of Cortes island. Fred’s kids spot some woodland critters and a mysterious tree fort along the way. This forest is in Island Timberlands’ immediate logging plans.  The Delight Lake Watershed.

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The Carrington Bay Children’s Forest

From Ramshackle Pictures

Cortes Island Ancient Forest #2. a winter walk through the Carrington Bay Children’s Forest with a group of young Cortesians and their teacher, Christine Robinson. At the mouth of Carrington Lagoon, this area has numerous ecological and recreational values that the Cortes community very much want to retain. Therefore, they have created the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes island, in order to raise funds to be able to purchase these lands from Island Timberlands. Directed & Produced by Daniel J Pearce, Interview with Christine Robinson & several children. The Carrington Bay Children’s Forest.

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