Parkland Institute presents the Edmonton screening of the feature documentary To the Ends of the Earth – a film that examines the state of our global energy system and features concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction.
To the Ends of the Earth, narrated by Emma Thompson, gives voice to those who not only denounce the rise of extreme energy extraction, but who also envision the new world that is taking shape in its stead: a future beyond the resource pyramid, a post-growth economy.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with director David Lavallee (via Skype).
Tickets are $12 ($9 students/seniors) and are available online at Metro Cinema or at the door.
Learn more about the film at endsofearthfilm.com.
About the director
David Lavallee was born and raised in the oil capital of Canada, Alberta. At the age of 13 he almost lost his father to an allergic reaction triggered by a hydrogen sulphide blowout on an oil rig near their city.
In 2007 he was shocked to discover a brand new industry, the oil sands, had set up shop in his province and was drawing the largest amount of freshwater for industrial purposes of any industry in the world to do its work. He decided to ‘follow an imaginary drop of water” from the headwaters of the Athabasca river, where he worked as a hiking guide, down to the tarsands themselves. His discoveries of the struggle of First Nations against multinational oil corporations downstream formed the basis of the 2010 film, White Water, Black Gold. The film, narrated by Peter Coyote, won numerous awards, had 20+ festival selections and went on to be broadcast on five different networks.
Having learned about the enormous and unprecedented amounts of capital being poured into the tarsands and other forms of unconventional resources, he began his second film, To the Ends of the Earth.