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Celebrate Earth Week with the 7th Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival April 13, 2016

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network is pleased to announce the 7th Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival will be taking place April 20 through 24 at Maple Tops Activity Centre (formerly Paramount Theatre).

“We’re thrilled that our festival coincides with Earth Week celebrations this year,” says Deanna Ford, Festival Chair. “Sharing these amazing award-winning films during this week is our way of honouring the beauty and diversity of our planet, and we invite our community to join us in that celebration.”

“We’re excited about our lineup,” says Festival Programmer, Charlene Rogers, “From lands and communities disturbed by resource extraction, to artists preserving coral reefs and a youth orchestra playing on instruments made from garbage, our festival is full of captivating stories.”

The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 PM with Vicki Lean’s “After the Last River”, a film that highlights the complicated relationship between First Nations and resource development on their traditional territories. It takes place in Attawapiskat, a community that has recently come into the spotlight due to the serious situation happening there.

This year the Festival has also introduced a youth film project to its activities. Deanna Ford adds, “We’re pleased that nine local youth have created films highlighting local environmental issues.” Their films will screen on Saturday morning, April 23.

The Festival Committee is thankful for a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as the incredible support of our Forest of Sponsors made up of local, provincial and national supporters.

The Festival will screen 13 films over the 5 days at Maple Tops Activity Centre (formerly Paramount Theatre). Please visit the Festival website for more detailed information: http://tbefilmf.wordpress.com

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To arrange media interviews with the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival, please contact: Deanna Ford, Festival Chair, 807-475-3631

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6th Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival

April 23, 2015

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival organizing committee today announces the 2015 Festival lineup. The Festival runs May 6 through 10 at the historic Paramount Theatre.

“The films cover many different topics, from activism to bird and habitat conservation and reconnecting with family and nature,” says Deanna Ford, Festival Chair. “And this year we are excited to bring three Canadian Filmmakers to the Festival to meet our audience and talk about their films.”

“The Festival is about sparking conversation about the environment and our place in it,” says Festival Programmer, Charlene Rogers, “and we believe that film is a great way to get people interested and thinking about environmental issues, while at the same time providing great cinematic entertainment.”

The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 PM with the Sundance award-winning “How to Change the World”, a film that uses archival footage and present-day interviews to bring the incredible story of the founding of Greenpeace to life. Other notable films include the Canadian feature “All the Time in the World”, a story about a family living for nine months in the remote Yukon wilderness, “Bikes vs. Cars”, a film the Festival organizers hope will encourage more conversation on bike lanes, “Journey to the Safest Place on Earth” which documents a search for the safest place on earth for nuclear waste and “Planetary”, a stunning visual exploration that sheds light on the ways our world view is profoundly affecting life on our planet.

The Festival Committee is thankful for a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as the incredible support of our Boreal Sponsors – EcoSuperior, The Thunder Bay Public Library, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and The Chronicle Journal. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to the many businesses and organizations from the city, the region and beyond, who have generously donated to help us make the Festival a reality.

The Festival will screen 11 films over the 5 days at the Paramount Theatre. Full details will be posted to the Festival website on April 27. Visit: http://tbefilmf.wordpress.com

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To arrange media interviews with the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival, please contact: Deanna Ford, Festival Chair, 807-475-3631


 

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STUDENTS TO SEE CLIMATE CHANGE IN ACTION

April 8, 2013
THUNDER BAY – During Earth Week, more than 1,000 senior elementary and high school students will view Chasing Ice, one of the most important feature films documenting climate change that has been made to date.

The Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network and Environment North have joined forces to bring the film, which premiered in Thunder Bay in January, back to the city to be shown again in a series of screenings as part of the Earth Week activities for 12 schools in the city and surrounding area.

There will be 6 screenings from April 15 through April 18, all to be held at the historic Paramount Theatre.

“This series would not have been possible without the generous support from the community and the tireless work of Scott Harris, who sits on the board of both organizations”, says Deanna Ford, Chair of the Environmental Film Network.

“Donations from local artist Kathleen Baleja, the Lakehead and Port Arthur Rotary Clubs, the Thunder Bay Chinese-Canadian Association, Earthwise® Thunder Bay, the Paramount Theatre, and a private donor have made it possible to show this film, free of charge, to the students,” says Charlene Rogers, President of Environment North.

The film follows James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey and documents his work as he uses time lapse photography to record the rapid receding of some of the world’s largest glaciers. It has won more than 30 awards, including the Sundance Film Festival’s Excellence in Cinematography Award and The Environmental Media Association’s 22nd Annual Best Documentary Award.

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To arrange media interviews with the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network, please contact:
Deanna Ford, Chair, 807-475-3631


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THUNDER BAY ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL

March 6, 2013

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival organizing committee today announces the 2013 Festival lineup. The Festival runs March 20 through 24 at the Paramount Theatre.“This is an inspiring, take action kind of festival,” says Deanna Ford, Festival Chair. “And for thefirst time in our four-year history, we are thrilled to be welcoming two Canadian filmmakers toThunder Bay to join us for the screening of their films and to meet our audiences.”The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 PM with Velcrow Ripper’s Occupy Love– the third film in his Fierce Light Trilogy. Velcrow will be joining us for the film and post-filmdiscussion as well as leading a workshop on Thursday March 21.“There is a rising global awareness of the environmental and social consequences of climate change and unfettered capitalism and many of the films in this festival document this awarenessof the harms that are occurring”, says Charlene Rogers, the festival’s Artistic Director.A generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as sponsors from the region andbeyond, have the thanks and appreciation of the Festival Committee as we work together tomake this festival a reality.The Festival will screen 10 films over the 5 days at the Paramount Theatre. Please visit theFestival website for more detailed information and the complete list of films: http://tbefilmf.wordpress.com/

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To arrange media interviews with the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival, please contact:Deanna Ford, Festival Chair, 807-475-3631

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FILMS SHINE LIGHT ON MINING IN THE NORTH

April 10, 2012

THUNDER BAY – The Environmental Film Network and Environment North invite the community to attend a special screening of two films about mining. The event will take place at the Paramount Theatre, starting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18.

The films, “The Hole Story” a feature-length National Film Board of Canada film and “Kanawayandan D’aaki – Protecting Our Land”, a short film produced for Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, will be followed by a discussion about mining concerns in northwestern Ontario.

“The Environmental Film Network is really pleased to be able to screen these two important and timely films,” says Deanna Ford, Chair of the Environmental Film Network. “With mining being so widely promoted in the region, we think these films and our post-film discussion will provide an interesting and different perspective than what is generally heard in mainstream media.”

David Peerla, political advisor to KI First Nation, mining policy analyst and activist, will be assisting with the post film discussion.

“Environment North is participating in environmental assessments of two proposed mining projects in the region and we see this as an opportunity to provide people in Thunder Bay with some information and to encourage further citizen involvement in the environmental assessment process,” says Charlene Rogers, President of Environment North.

The Environmental Film Network screens environmental documentary films on the third Wednesday of each month from September through June at the Paramount Theatre.

Admission to the films is free, though donations are welcome.

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For Further Information, or to arrange for an interview, please contact:

Deanna Ford, Environmental Film Network – 475-3631


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FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES GETS BOOST FROM
ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION GRANT

Thunder Bay, January 10, 2012 – Environment North and the Thunder Bay
Environmental Film Network today announced that a $25,000 grant from
the Ontario Trillium Foundation will provide greater opportunities and
visibility for an environmental film and discussion series.

Environment North and the Environmental Film Network have partnered in
this program to increase awareness of and engagement in environmental
concerns and initiatives in Thunder Bay and in the region.

“The funding allows us to hire a part-time support person to help us
with publicity, research and event coordination,” said Charlene
Rogers, President of Environment North. “It also provides funding to
allow the Environmental Film Network to move the film series to the
historic Paramount Theatre, a venue that we hope will make attending
the movies feel more like an evening of entertainment than education.”

“We started out at the Paramount Theatre 5 years ago”, says Marla
Dunn, founding member of the Environmental Film Network and newly
hired administrative support person for the group, “but funding
constraints did not allow us to continue there. We’re really excited
to be back and hope our audiences will be too!”

The film and discussion series will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of
each month at the Paramount Theatre, beginning on January 18 at 7:30
pm with the film Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson.

The purpose of the series is to increase awareness and promote citizen
engagement in environmental initiatives and the two groups believe
that quality films that are entertaining and informative will help to
do this. And the popcorn’s not bad, too!

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the government of Ontario.

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For More Information Contact:

Charlene Rogers – President
Environment North
475-3631

Marla Dunn
Environmental Film Network
343-4815

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