Review: White Water, Black Gold
By examining the insatiable thirst of Canada's oil industry in the Athabasca Tar Sands for fresh water, filmmaker David Lavallee documents his journey through Canada's western watersheds. This three year travel through Edmonton, Vancouver, Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan and Kitimat highlights the indescribable beauty of the region and how it is being threatened by industry and carelessness.David and two friends begin their journey in the Canadian Rockies atop the glaciers which are the source of Canada's water wealth in the West. This seemingly limitless bounty of fresh water is rapidly disappearing faster than anyone has predicted.
It is even worse than the worst case scenarios that were presented just 15 years ago. As the intrepid adventurers follow an imaginary drop of water from the glaciers through the rivers and into the water shed that makes up Lake Athabasca, we begin to see just how precious our fresh water reserves truly are.
After the film the audience will have a chance to speak with producer and director David Lavallee. David is a former school teacher, hiking and skiing guide, and a grad student in psychology. He is also now a documentary film maker, host and most importantly, a concerned and active citizen.
The film White Water, Black Gold got its start in 2006, in part as a response to what David thought of as a lack of action on the part of Canadian society to climate change and the need to protect our fresh water reserves.
David is a graduate of the Gulf Islands Film and Television School and Northern Alberta's Institute of Technology's Producer Emergence Program. He currently lives, hikes and skis in Nelson BC, one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.
Details of the film on the White Water, Black Gold site.