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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

In memory of Ray Anderson (1934-2011), GreenHeroes recently republished its posts that were inspired by his accomplishments and his campaign to conquer Mount Sustainability. This is the final post.

GreenHeroes is pleased to celebrate environmental film making in the spirit of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person.

The Corporation has been shown worldwide. Please see http://www.thecorporation.com/.  Mark Achbar shared some thoughts with GreenHeroes about Ray Anderson who appears in this award winning documentary.

By Mark Achbar

Ray Anderson first came to my attention in the mid-90s, in an article in the Globe And Mail. What struck me about him was his willingness to be bluntly self-critical about his own business’ environmental practice.

The outlook normally delivered by CEOs of billion dollar corporations in thepress is all sunny for the next quarter, constant improvement, growth, up, up, up, and do no wrong. It was rare — perhaps unique — to see a full-on “mea culpa” in the business pages of a national newspaper.

Call it counter-branding if you will; I took him at his word and was rewarded with one of the most memorable interviews of the 70 I conducted for the film.


World premiere of The Corporation, at midnight, at a gathering on Squamish Nation land, outside of Vancouver

Ray became a strong supporter of The Corporation, and one day hosted a big screening of the film in Boston for all kinds of progressive business and design people. Before the film snacks and drinks were served.

I was wearing my “The Corporation” T-shirt, with the devil-man-halo logo on it, and all the serving staff were wearing black t-shirts with this sentence printed on them:

“Some day people like me will be put in jail”
– Ray Anderson, CEO, Interface

I quickly took the shirt off my back and made a trade with one of the medium-sized waiters.
– Mark Achbar, Director of The Corporation


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