A Planet in Peril – A Cinematic Exploration of Human Influence on the State, Dynamic and Future of the Earth
The Regina International & Awards, RIFFA and the MacKenzie Art Gallery are proud to bring to Regina three remarkable feature-length documentaries by the award-winning team of Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, who have been making critically acclaimed documentaries and films for two decades.
Presented as a TRILOGY for the first time in Canada, these three films are a provocative and cinematic exploration of the complex and indelible human influence on the state, dynamic and future of the Earth. Following the final film in the Trilogy, we invite you to join a distinguished panel of guests to discuss how we understand and respond to climate change, global warming and the wide range of environmental issues that may seem improbable but overwhelmingly urgent and real. As we consider the intersections between art, film and meaningful social change, the event promises to be a spirited debate on the transformative ways we are inspired to act for a healthier planet.
Location for all special screenings: MacKenzie Art Gallery
Thursday August 1, 2019
Manufactured Landscapes, directed by Jennifer Baichwal, is a multiple award-winning film and feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes” – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams. He photographs civilization’s material and debris, but in a way people describe as “stunning” or “beautiful”, and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.
Toronto International Film Festival, One of the Top 10 Films of 2006
Thursday August 8, 2019
Watermark, is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the glove about our relationship with water – how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, which is six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka.
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky; Filmed and produced by Nicholas de Pencier.
Best Canadian Film, Toronto Film Critics Association 2014
Best Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards 2014
Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary 2014 [DGC Award]
Thursday August 15, 2019
ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH
A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene is a four year in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky. Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the evidence shows the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.
Canadian Screen Awards - Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award (2019)
Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary – Nicholas de Pencier (2019)
★★★★ (out of 4) — The Globe and Mail
★★★★ (out of 4) — Toronto Star
★★★★ (out of 4) — National Post
PANEL DISCUSSION: Inspiration & Impact – the intersections between art, film and meaningful social change
Moderator – Janine Windolph
Janine Windolph is an interdisciplinary artist working as an educator, filmmaker and storyteller and currently works as the Curator of Community Engagement at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. As a filmmaker, Janine’s work includes: Lifegivers: Honoring Our Elders and Children, Braided Histories, From Up North, Stories Are In The Bones. Janine co-directed and co-produced RIIS from Amnesia: Recovering the Lost Legacies, a long form documentary that explores the legacy of the Regina Indian Industrial School and its cemetery. Janine is Vice Chair of Common Weal and Chair of Reconciliation Regina. She continues to serve Creative Kids Saskatchewan for Sask Culture.
Remarks by - Valerie Creighton
Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reenergizing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last 30 years. Currently serving as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, Valerie positions Canadian programming at the forefront in world markets advocating successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms.
Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for 25 years. Among other films, installations and lens-based projects, she has made 10 feature documentaries which have played all over the world and won multiple awards nationally and internationally. The Anthropocene Project, a collaboration with Edward Burtynsky and Nick de Pencier, includes two complementary museum exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada, a feature documentary film which premiered at TIFF 2018, an art book published by Steidl and an educational program. Jennifer sits on the board of Swim Drink Fish Canada and is a member of the Ryerson University School of Image Arts Advisory Council. She has been a Director of the Board of the Toronto International Film Festival since 2016, and is a passionate ambassador of their Share Her Journey campaign, a five-year commitment to increasing participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.
Sue Deranger is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. She is a strong voice for environmental and social justice, and the upholding of Indigenous and treaty rights. Sue works nationally, provincially, locally, and internationally with a passion for the unity of all peoples and the protection of Mother Earth.
Trevor Herriot is a naturalist, activist, and the author of several award-winning books, including Grass, Sky, Song and River in a Dry Land, both of which were short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction. Towards a Prairie Atonement, published in October 2016, took two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Islands of Grass, a book of his essays accompanying the photographs of Branimir Gjetvaj, released Fall of 2017, won two Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Jared Clarke is a teacher, farmer, biologist, conservationist, and community builder. As an elementary school teacher, his experience has given him insight into the issues facing public education in this province. Jared is a member of many organizations including the Indian Head Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited Saskatchewan. He volunteers for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas and is a leader in advocating for conservation. Stepping into a new advocacy role, Jared is a candidate for the New Democrats for Indian Head-Milestone Constituency.