Calgary International Film Festival - AWAKENING THE SKEENA
Date and time: Sun, October 03, 2010 - 1:30 pm
City/Town: Calgary, AB
Venue: Eau Claire Cineplex Odeon - Theatre #1
Director Andrew Eddy in attendance – Q&A following the screening
Ali Howard’s livelihood depends, to some degree, on the vitality of the Skeena River and the pristine forests along its banks, so when Big Oil moves in with designs on methane gas exploration, she decides to do something about it. Inspired by the moxy of world-renowned river swimmer Martin Strel (star of BIG RIVER MAN, CIFF Doc Soup 2009), Howard decides that the appropriate course of action is grassroots activism: she’s going to swim all 610kms of the Skeena. During her month-long adventure—from the frigid trickle at the source of the Skeena through white-water canyons and temperate rainforests to the Pacific Ocean—Ali gets by with a little help from her friends. Filmmaker Andrew Eddy captures this roadtrip of awareness, creating a film that’s not only a document of Ali’s journey, but a stunning visual argument of a rugged and beautiful wilderness worth saving.