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Water Docs: Previewing Water’s Rising Tides of Change

Written by Weao

Join us Saturday November 18th for movie night!

If you haven’t already heard, we’re hosting a Water Docs event featuring the winner and runners-up of the 2016 Ontario150 Film Challenge for Emerging Ontario Filmmakers. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Julia Barnes, director of Best Film-winning Sea of Life.

To get you excited for the event and help you prepare some questions for Julia, here’s our comprehensive preview of all three water docs—including trailers.

Best Film: Sea of Life

Julia Barnes never intended to become a filmmaker. That is, until she watched Rob Stewart’s documentary Revolution. Though only sixteen years old at the time, Revolution changed everything. For the first time, Barnes came to realize that our planet’s oceans are in jeopardy.

That’s when she decided to do something about it. She bought some cameras, learned to dive, and embarked on an undersea odyssey, exploring the threats to our oceans and the efforts that scientists, activists, and explorers are making to save them.
Her hope: that by empowering viewers with the truth, we’ll feel compelled to act.

Sea of Life isn’t just a response to the negative impact human beings have had on this planet; it’s also a call to action. The film, shot over three years and seven different countries, explores issues like ocean acidification and the depletion of global fisheries. Moreover, it examines what this might mean for us, just one of the organisms who rely on the ocean for survival.

Runner-up: In Season

Would you brave Lake Ontario’s brisk water in the dead of winter?

In Season follows a tight-knit community of all-season surfers who fearlessly ride the rollers while the rest of us, swaddled in parkas and scarves, stick to solid ground. Though just under ten minutes long, Sydney Boniface’s film provides a fascinating and satisfying glimpse of an unknown group who take to winter waves—for solitude, for the thrill.

Honourable Mentions: Conserving Water in Urban Areas

Sadly, we can’t include a trailer here, as the film is just less than three minutes long, and we’d hate to spoil it for you.

Directed by Brent and Tammy Foster, Conserving Water in Urban Areas showcases an Urban Green Infrastructure Project in Chatham, Ontario. Initiated at the Lower Thames Conservatory office, the project converted brownfield land into three bioretention areas that were designed to collect, filter, and gradually release runoff water. Though brief, the documentary is informative and has practical, real-world applications.

We’ll be hosting this exciting event from 2-5pm at the University of Toronto, Galbraith Building, Room 303. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, they’re available here. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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