iLCP teamed up with EP FIlms to create a documentary that tells the story of the threats facing the Great Bear Rainforest and the continued efforts of the First Nations communities and conservations groups to protect this wild landscape.
About the Great Bear Rainforest RAVE
The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) has teamed up with Pacific WILD, the Gitga’at First Nation of British Columbia, LightHawk, TidesCanada, Save our Seas Foundation, Sierra Club BC, and the Dogwood initiative to carry out a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE) in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. We are focusing our energy and cameras on this pristine region in response to plans by several large multinational companies to build a pipeline for heavy crude oil from the Alberta tar sands across British Columbia to the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest.
The tar sands in northern Alberta are arguably one of the world’s most environmentally-devastating extractive industries and the proposed pipeline would put one of our planet’s most ecologically-sensitive and intact marine ecosystems at risk for a catastrophic oil spill through increased mega tanker traffic.
The 14-day expedition to the Great Bear Rainforest called upon 7 world-renowned photographers and 3 videographers to thoroughly document the region’s landscapes, wildlife, and culture. The RAVE provided media support to the First Nations and environmental groups seeking to stop the proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline project (and thus expansion of the tar sands) and to expose the plan to lift the oil tanker ship moratorium.
News and Updates on the film
SPOIL premiered at Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City California January 2011
Best Environmental Film, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Nominated for the Telluride Mountainfilm 2011 Moving Mountains Award
Best Long Film Award at the Coastal Film Festival judged by First Nation Youth
Merit Award for Musical Selection, Best of Craft, Best Photography, Best Environmental Film (Category Winner)at CINE 2011
Best Environmental Film, Artivist Film Festival 2011
Best Human Interest award, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival 2011