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This Living Salish Sea – feature documentary

This film explores the living treasures of the Salish Sea and the powerful undercurrents of resistance to the corporate fossil fuel agenda that threaten it.

The Salish Sea is one of the flash points and metaphors for issues affecting the environmental diversity and ecological sustainability that will severely impact future generations, world-wide.

This film will be a look below the mirror of the surface, to explore some of the living treasures that inhabit the second largest “inland” sea in North America. It will also be a look below the mirror of society to explore powerful undercurrents of resistance welling up, in this time when humanity faces a crisis, and a crossroad.

Amy George & Elders at the Healing Walk
Amy George & Elders at the Healing Walk

This film follows the rising tide of awakening in mainstream communities as they join forces with First Nations, in resistance to plans by multibillion dollar corporations to force through pipelines and tankers carrying tar sands oil, fracked liquid natural gas and thermal coal shipments.

This film will look at how everyday people are resisting unhealthy development and  making positive changes in their own lives, through real, practical solutions.

This is a film about beauty, about hope, and about the great spirit of humanity working together to make this a better world.

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3 thoughts to “This Living Salish Sea – feature documentary”

  1. Watched the film on Denman last night. lovely underwater footage and those drone flights through the forest. Slowest dissolves I have seen worked well with the underwater scenes.
    One question: where did the animation come from of the Tanker supposedly going through 2nd narrows? It didn’t look right to me as I understand there is much less clearance between the tanker hull and the bottom when actually in the narrows. The proportions and clearance looked more like a tanker in ballast. Note: the big tankers cannot get a full load out of Westridge because that would make them too deep for Second Narrows. I think they go through with 1 to 2 meters clearance from the bottom.

    1. Hello John,
      Thank you for your comment. I am aware of the parameters required for the tanker transits. Regarding the animation, I worked with an animator, (Colton Hash) to produce the animation. We consulted the Canadian Hydrographic Marine charts for the 2nd narrows and took into account the state of the tides, the loading of the tanker, (80% or less) and so on, and we erred on the side of being conservative. I agree the parameters are extremely narrow, but the animation had to take into account many complex factors. It isn’t just as simple as saying a clearance of 1-2 meters. If you read the transit guidelines from Port Metro Vancouver, (available on their website) you will get a sense of how complex the calculating factors can be. In producing the animation, I would rather err on the side of being a little too conservative, than end up mistakenly showing clearances that are not realistic and therefore being accused of publicizng alarmist and distorted information, and by implication, discrediting all of the facts presented in the film.

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