7 April 2011

The New Brunswick Museum Presents The Best of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival


The New Brunswick Museum is proud to join other members of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada in presenting some of the best timely and topical environmental documentaries as part of The Best of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival from 7 April until 7 May, 2011 at the NBM Exhibition Centre.  Don't miss these thought-provoking productions, which were showcased at the renowned Planet in Focus Film Festival in Toronto.  Presented in coordination with the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada and Planet in Focus.  Regular admission.

Documentaries include:

7 Apr. 7pm: The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy
After the “agrarian revolution,” the “industrial revolution” and the “digital revolution,” energy autonomy will be the fourth revolution, shifting power relations by democratizing power generation.  Examining proponents and opponents of getting off the fossil and nuclear powered grid, the film highlights how changing to renewable sources is not only necessary but also possible.

9 Apr. 2pm:  Home for Hawksbill
The Hawksbill turtles have lived in the Southern Ocean off the coast of the Solomon Islands from the time of the dinosaurs. After overfishing the Hawksbills to the brink of extinction, three unique, separate neighbouring nations that were previously antagonistic come together to protect the islands and save the turtles from a tragic fate.

14 Apr. 7pm:  Water on the Table
Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2010 Planet in Focus International Film & Video Festival. Nicknamed the international “Water Warrior,” Maude Barlow, National Chairperson for the Council of Canadians and former Senior Advisor on Water at the United Nations General Assembly, cares about the environment. She won’t back down from a fight with corporations who threaten the access to clean and free water.

21 Apr. 7 pm:  Queen of the Sun: What the bees are telling us?
A poetic and passionate homage to bees and beekeepers, Queen of the Sun is both
soulful and scientific. The documentary follows passionate beekeepers and aphilosophers around the world as they grapple with colony collapse disorder, the crisis of the world’s bees’ sudden disappearance from their hives, pointing their collective finger at culprits like artificial insemination, pesticides, and monoculture farming.

28 Apr. 7pm:  We live by the River
Shot over a period spanning 1997 to 2009, We Live By the River tells the awe-inspiring story of the Inter-Tribal Watershed Council—an amalgamation of all the indigenous nations and communities of the Yukon River across national borders—who combine forces to heal the river.

30 Apr. 2pm:  Héen Taak'
'A single drop on a calm sea reaches the furthest shore.''  Héen Tàak (bottom of the water in the Tlingit language) explores the wilderness of the inside passage in Alaska. A voyage from the tip of the glacier to the bottom of the ocean with the men and women who are part of the ocean landscape.

5 May 7pm:  Belly Up: Salmon in Peril
The First Nations people on the west coast of Canada have relied on salmon for income, sustenance and ceremonial purposes for thousands of years. Logging and salmon farming are threatening the wild salmon population and the coastal ecosystem. Belly Up reflects on the possibility of salmon extinction and what that means in terms of the environment and the food at our dinner table.

7 May 2pm:  Himalaya Alert
This gripping adventure film follows acclaimed climate journalist Bernice Notenboom’s grueling trip to the Everest summit, as she reports on the effects of rising water levels in the largest glacial range outside the polar regions. Speaking with local communities and climate professionals along the journey, Notenboom gathers alarming personal accounts of the changes already experienced in this region.

Further information about documentaries is available at www.nbm-mnb.ca.

About Planet in Focus
Planet in Focus is Canada’s leading environmental media arts organization. Planet in Focus produces the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival; brings environmental films to communities and schools across the country and around the world through our Touring Programs; houses the largest archive of environmental film works in North America with 3,500-plus titles from more than 80 countries around the world and presented in all genres; teaches youth how to tell stories about the environment using the latest video production and storytelling tools in the Youth, Camera, Action! program; and spearheads a pan-industry program, Planet in Focus Green Screen, to reduce the environmental footprint of the film and television industry. Find out more at www.planetinfocus.org.

About Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada
The Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC) was created in 2002 from a common desire among directors and senior curatorial staff of Canada’s key natural history museums to establish a network for the exchange of information on issues dealing with collections, research and education. They shared a concern for the image and perception of natural history museums and increased competition for public and private funding as well as a desire to enhance cooperation among their institutions. Incorporated in 2003, the network’s primary objective is to enhance visibility, recognition and benefit of natural history museums under the shared goal of connecting people with nature.  Find out more at www.naturalhistorymuseums.ca.

The Best of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival will run at the NBM Exhibition Centre until May 7, 2011.

For further information:

Caitlin Griffiths
Communications and Marketing
New Brunswick Museum
Tel: (506) 643-7666
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