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‘White Water, Black Gold’ Documentary

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘White Water, Black Gold’ follows Canadian mountaineer David Lavallee on a three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tar Sands.

LANESBORO, Minn. – ‘White Water, Black Gold’ Documentary Film to be shown at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, June 21, 2013, at 7:30 pm – FREE and open to the public – Discussion following the film.

Next up in the Third Friday Film Series is ‘White Water, Black Gold’, a documentary film to be shown on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 pm at the St. Mane Theatre. Presented by Lanesboro Arts Center, the Third Friday Film Series will focus on the theme of Energy this year, with films being shown May-October at the St. Mane Theatre (except the July film, which will be shown at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center). Upcoming films: June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18. Following each screening will be a discussion led by a local expert on topics relating to the film. Admission to Third Friday Film Night is free. Donations are appreciated to help offset film showing rights. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue N in Lanesboro, Minn.

‘White Water, Black Gold’ is an investigative point-of-view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tar Sands (just downstream of the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains). As a mountaineer and hiking guide, David Lavallee has noticed profound changes over the past 15 years in the Columbia Ice fields of the Canadian Rockies. The idea for the documentary took shape when David discovered that his province was growing in an extremely water-intensive industry downstream of his beloved Ice Fields. Knowing little about the industry, David decided to investigate by starting the three-year journey from ice fields to oil fields. ‘White Water, Black Gold’ follows David as he makes many discoveries: new science that shows water resources will become increasingly scarce (putting this industry at risk); first nations people living downstream are contracting bizarre cancers; the upgrading of this oil threatens multiple river systems across Canada and the tailings ponds containing the waste by-products of the process threaten to befoul the third largest watershed in the world. More information about the film at

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