Aug 20, 2016

Water Docs Where-You-Live in Owen Sound – September 13, 21, 27, 2016

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New Film Series at the Library


The Owen Sound Water Watchers, a grassroots community group working to raise awareness and take action on local water issues, announces their first ever film series, Water Docs Where-You-Live in Owen Sound. The film series takes place at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, September 13th, 21st and 27th.. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Films start at 6:30 p.m. After each screening there will be a Q&A with a panel of local experts. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

“We’re very excited about sharing these compelling films and having the chance to discuss issues raised around fracking, eco-art projects and bottled water,” says Water Watchers’ chair Liz Zetlin. We’re grateful to our partners who made this possible: the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library; the Toronto-based Water Docs International Film Festival; Scenic City Film Festival and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery,

The series kicks off with Fractured Land on Tuesday, September 13th. This powerful documentary follows Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom. As founder, Bill McKibben, puts it, “Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.” Panel members include member David Walton and filmmaker Nelson Phillips.

On Wednesday, September 21, Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he’s cast from live models. When algae overtakes the reefs however, experts provide the facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. Panel members include Tom Thomson Art Gallery Director/Chief Curator Virginia Eichhorn and retired Marine Biologist John Anderson.

On Tuesday, September 27, the final screening features Bottlegate, a TVO film produced by The Water Brothers, two young eco-adventurers who explore our relationship with water. Bottlegate focuses on the true cost of bottled water. Canadians enjoy one of the cleanest and most plentiful supplies of freshwater in the world. Tap water is also cheap and easily accessible, so why is there such a huge demand for bottled water? The Water Brothers visit a water treatment facility and discover that water from the tap is often of the same quality or even better than bottled water. Globally, 17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce and distribute bottled water annually. Two local short films are also part of the program: Keepers of the Water and the Bottle or the Tap, a music video made by Bayview Grade 5/6 students. Panel members include Deputy Mayor Arlene Wright; Public Health Dietician Grey Bruce Health Unit, Laura Needham; and public school teacher/Owen Sound Water Watchers’ member Lynn Beaton

For more information about these events contact Carolin Brooks,, 519-376-6623 ext. 214.

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