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Planet in Focus, Canada’s largest environmental film festival opens Thursday, November 21 featuring an  array of films and events that includes our own Green Heroes: Back to Nature TV show and its new companion mobile app.

The Festival kicks off with an opening night celebration with Canadian eco-hero tribute to Inuit director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) and the premiere of John Walker’s latest documentary, Arctic Defenders.

The festival has something for everyone. School field trips to see Rob Stewart’s ‘Revolution’ and TVO’s ‘The Water Brothers’, an industry day, pitching and award competitions, and this year’s international eco-hero winner, Col. Chris Hadfield’s appearance on closing night, Sunday November 24.

Green Heroes is proud to have Back to Nature screen as part of Green Family day on Saturday morning at the AGO. The documentary explores the issue of Nature Deficit disorder with commentary from twelve year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Shaun Majumder, Edward Burtynsky, Andrew Nikiforuk, Robert Bateman, Olivia Chow and more.

This free 9 a.m screening, at the AGO, is follwed by a Q & A with Ta’Kaiya and a demonstration of our new Green Heroes Academy app. Afterwards families can try out actions in the Back to Nature mission aimed at getting kids and their parents to re-connect with the great outdoors.


Green Heroes would like to offer a free screening pass to the Planet in Focus film festival to the first person who posts a picture action from the ‘Back to Nature’ mission in the  Green Heroes Academy app. Users will have to join the Green Heroes Academy Facebook page to have their picture post on Facebook.

1) Play or Download the Green Heroes Academy on your mobile device @ www.academy.greenheroes.tv

2) Join the ‘Green Heroes Academy‘ Group on Facebook

3) Select the Back to Nature mission in the app and do any of the photo missions!

4) Post to Facebook or tweet about it with #greenheroestv

Moviegoers may recall seeing trailers for the documentary Watermark in select theaters. Imagine that, documentary trailers are a rare sight for eyes trained on conventional movie fare, but Watermark undoubtedly earns its following. After being the subject of Jennifer Baichwal’s Manufactured Landscapes in 2006, Edward Burtynsky has become co-director in what is now their second collaboration. Green Heroes caught up with Edward amid production on Watermark for the The Art of Change episode.

What I realized with Manufactured Landscapes and the success that she [Jennifer Baichwal] had with putting that film out was that the audience that began to see my work expanded so far beyond the gallery going audience…I realized that more people found out about me as a photographic artist than I could ever get just through showing in museums and galleries…so the light went off that film had incredible reach.
– Edward Burtynsky

As Manufactured Landscapes explored the degree to which industrialization had become a detriment to the health of China’s people and environment, Watermark takes a look at the uses of Earth’s most important natural resource, water. Taking a global look at the relationship humans have with water – as a source of leisure – as a connection to spirituality – as an industrial resource – as a source of life. On the big screen the film offers a documentary experience like no other, offering an immersive 5K projection that beautifully reflects the film’s poetry at the hands of cinematographer and producer Nicholas de Pencier.

Watermark broadens our perspective of water and the significance it has over our lives – how the way we treat water is how we treat ourselves.

For more information about the film and available cinemas – click here

© Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York

© Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York

The Canadian Museum of Nature will be featuring Green Hero Edward Burtynsky’s exhibition, Oil, from May 31 until September 2, 2013. Don’t miss your chance to see this spectacular exhibit, which will include over 50 of Edward’s large-scale colour photographs depicting humanity’s impact on the natural landscape. As a source of energy, oil has had an enormous impact on our modern world. The exhibit includes images of oil fields, refineries, vehicles, and motorways that show us a side of this energy source that we do not see when we heat our homes or drive our cars.

Edward’s unique photography was also showcased in a documentary film entitled Manufactured Landscapes and he was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006.

You can learn more about Edward and his work on our “The Art of Change” episode airing Tuesday July 2nd at 7:30pm and Sunday July 7th at 8:30pm on TVO. Edward will be in good company on this episode, with fellow artist Robert Bateman, Manufactured Landscapes Director and Writer Jennifer Baichwal and artist David Buckland discussing the importance of representing nature through their artwork and how this can help change the planet.

During the episode, play along with our Green Heroes Academy app that will quiz you on our Heroes, watch cool videos, complete fun games and missions, and become a Green Hero too! You can watch videos about Edward Burtynsky and the other Art of Change Heroes, create your own activist artwork, and discover nature through the App.

Join the Academy for free at http://academy.greenheroes.tv


WHERE TO WATCH:

Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353

MEDIA CONTACT

Angela Garde
Communications and PR Specialist, TVO
P416-484-2600 x 2305
Eagarde@tvo.org

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Nerese Richter
Nerese@GreenHeroes.tv
@GreenHeroesTV


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The Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival will feature Manufactured Landscapes on October 12, a documentary by Jennifer Baichwal about photographer Edward Burtynsky’s chronicle of industrial devastation to the environment and people of China.
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