Friday, November 20, 2015

Haida Gwaii is ready for its close up, as the documentary On the Edge of the World gets Vancouver run

From the Edge of the World to the heart of Vancouver, the story of Haida Gwaii and issues of the environment are going to be on the screen tonight as Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World is featured at the Van City Theatre, home of the Vancouver International Film Festival.

And while it's not Festival time, tonight's presentation of the documentary by Charles Wilkinson is getting the kind of reaction that is normally associated with a Film Festival appearance.

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The documentary commissioned by BC's Knowledge Network has already collected a pair of awards, one of them from this falls VIFF showcase, the other top honours from HotDocs2015.

Featuring a look at the environment and the efforts from those living on the Islands to protect it, the film captures much of the beauty of Haida Gwaii and has been described as a one of the most important environmental documentaries being made at this time.

The Director Charles Wilkinson and his film make a return engagement to Vancouver, with a run that stretches through until December 3rd.

Wilkinson, a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Film Workshop, will be in attendance for both the Friday and Saturday sessions. The weekend sessions will offer the opportunity for film goers to learn some background as to how his latest film fits in as the final piece of a trilogy that previously featured the movies Peace Out and Oil Sands Karaoke.

Both of those films have been featured on a number of Canadian media outlets including The Knowledge Network.

Oil Sands Karaoke is currently available for streaming through the Knowledge Network site.

Edge of the World will make its debut on Knowledge Network in the Spring of 2016.

Joining Wilkinson at tonight's debut is Severn Cullis-Suzuki an author, television host and environmentalist who has made  Haida Gwaii her home.

You can learn more about the project form the Edge of the World website

A look at the trailer for the film can be found below

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