Canada's Ocean Film Festival
June 8th & 9th, 2012
Saturday, June 9th - 6PM

Doors open at 6pm

Tonight’s screenings are generously presented by Denman Island Chocolate


7pm - The Polar Explorer

Canada, 2011, 52 minutes

Mark Terry

Visiting the most remote and mysterious parts of our planet, this documentary presents a complete scientific profile of our rapidly changing Polar Regions. Showcasing the latest climate change discoveries being made in the Arctic and Antarctic, including new life on the ocean seabed and other previously inaccessible areas of the Arctic seas, the film represents years of study and exploration of these two regions. Following a historic journey featuring the work of 10 of the world’s foremost polar scientists who spent two weeks crossing the Arctic, the film compares and contrasts their findings with the latest studies being conducted at the other end of the earth – Antarctica. From polar bears to penguins, The Polar Explorer provides an up-to-the-minute status report on earth’s polar extremes. Written, directed and produced by Mark Terry.



7:55pm - The Pipe Dreams Project

Canada, 2011, 28 Minutes

Ryan Vandecasteyen and Faroe Des Roches

In May of 2010, Enbridge Inc. made an official application to build twined crude oil and condensate pipelines that would connect Alberta's Tar Sands to Kitimat, BC, and for the first time bring crude oil super tankers to BC's North Coast. In the fall of 2010, Curtis, Ryan and Faroe kayaked 900 km in opposition to this controversial pipeline.

Their journey leads them face to face with the complexity of the environmental assessment process, the difficulties local communities face in having their voices heard, and the growing resistance against the pipeline. Leaving the city behind for adventure and the exploration of the isolated and dangerous coast of British Columbia, they immerse themselves completely in one of the last truly wild places on Earth. The trio becomes deeply impacted by their experience, irreversibly entangled in the Pacific Northwest, and awakened to a world of power, politics and the question of democracy.



8:30pm - The Pipe

Ireland, 2009, 87 minutes

Risteard O’ Domhnaill

In a remote corner of the West of Ireland sits Broadhaven Bay. It is the perfect picture postcard, where the high cliffs of Erris Head and the Stags of Broadhaven stand sentry at the mouth of the bay against the mighty Atlantic, as if protecting the delicate golden sands of Glengad beach and the tiny village of Rossport, which nestles behind the dunes. However, this peaceful tranquillity belies the turmoil that lies beneath, and the unique nature of the coastline which has sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, has also delivered to Shell Oil the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas Pipeline.

In the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland, the rights of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing grounds, has come in direct conflict with one of the worlds most powerful oil companies. When the citizens look to their state to protect their rights, they find that the state has put Shell’s right to lay a pipeline over their own.  The Pipe is a story of a community tragically divided, and how they deal with a pipe that could bring economic prosperity or destruction of a way of life shared for generations.