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Gary Saunders, Screenings in Vancouver, and Another Award

Posted on Mar 11, 2017

New Green Interview: Gary Saunders!

Gary Saunders

We’ve published our newest Green Interview, with Nova Scotia forester, author, educator and painter Gary Saunders, author of the award-winning new book, My Life With Trees. The book is a unique memoir of 30 chapters each focussed on a particular species of tree, and on Gary’s memories of people associated with that tree. The book is illustrated with Gary’s own paintings and drawings. It seamlessly blends science and memory in graceful and resonant prose, and beautifully illustrates the depth of Gary’s understanding not only from his own scholarship and observation, but also from the indigenous people around him. The interview is enhanced with drone footage of some of the trees Gary describes, including the ones around his gracious old home in Clifton, NS.

Vancouver Screening and Seminars

I’m still in Vancouver, where our Green Rights film will be screened at the University of British Columbia this coming Thursday, March 16, at 7:00 in Theatre 102 of the Frederick Lasserre Building. The film concludes with an exploration of buen vivir, a concept of harmonious, sustainable living derived from the indigenous people of South America. Buen vivir is also at the core of Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, a fascinating new exhibition at UBC’s glorious Museum of Anthropology. Both the film and the exhibition are deeply concerned with threats to the Amazonian region from political violence, mining, oil and gas development, industrial agriculture, forest fires, and hydroelectric plants – and both celebrate the profundity, grace and sheer sanity of the indigenous peoples’ conception of a good life for humans.

The screening will be followed on March 23 at 7:00 with a Presentation Circle at the Museum of Anthropology on “The Rights and Virtues of Nature” with particular attention to buen vivir. The speakers will include David Richard Boyd (whose Green Interview generated our whole multi-media Green Rights project), as well as MOA director Nuno Porto, visiting scholar Ken Sharpe, and Professors Sheryl Lightfoot and Lisa Sundstrom of the UBC Department of Political Science. The moderator will be Dr. Maxwell Cameron of that same department. Full disclosure: Max Cameron is (he said very proudly) my son.

Also, mark down the afternoon of Sunday, April 2, for a Blue Dot/Green Rights celebration sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation at the Vancouver Planetarium. I’ll have more details on that soon.

Accolade Award of Merit

And Green Rights has won another award: an Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Merit in the Documentary Feature category. The award, say the organizers, is “based on the quality, creativity and technical aspects of each piece.”

Thanks to the Accolade organizers – and heart-felt thanks to the mostly-Nova Scotian supporters whose contributions and constant encouragement provided us with the means to create the film and promote it. That was our entire financing structure – no grants, no tax credits, no broadcast fees, just a couple of dozen people who shared our conviction that the film was worth making. This is their award, as much as ours. We wouldn’t be here without them.

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