The Land Provides (2015)
THE LAND PROVIDES is a 30 minute documentary that forms part of an interactive display at the Gabriola Museum. The film features seven stories that focus on the unique relationships islanders have to the land, from farming and harvesting, to protecting wildlife and preserving the sanctity of the land itself.
Produced by: The Gabriola Museum and Historical Society
Direction and Writing: Carroll Hodge, Ivan Bulic, Carolyn Wilkenson
Cinematography, Editing, Narration: Tobi Elliott
An ancient fishing and harvesting island in the middle of the Salish Sea, Gabriola today is peopled with those who not only cherish the forest, rock and sea, but who treasure the land itself. It begins with the earliest islanders, the Coast Salish-Snuneymuxw, and then documents some of the settlers who followed, like the generations of Grays and the enduring Boultons. A common thread in the seven stories is the call to protect the land and wildlife, so that this island may continue to nurture and provide for generations to come.
Genre & Length: Documentary, 30 mins
Audience: North American TV/web viewers, age 18-64
Release Date: August 2015
Available for distribution or acquisition.
Contact The Gabriola Historical and Museum Society.
DVDs available for $20 (CDN) + shipping.
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Goodwin's Way (2016)
GOODWIN'S WAY (60 mins) is a documentary exploring the post-industrial coal town of Cumberland, B.C., where a community must decide whether its troubled past will hold them back, or inspire their way forward. Estimated release: June 2016.
Produced by: Washboard Films
Directed by: Neil Vokey
Associate Producer, Fundraising Strategy: Tobi Elliott
Hero. Deserter. Revolutionary. Martyr. Legend. A century after he was gunned down by police under mysterious circumstances, Albert "Ginger" Goodwin continues to provoke controversy in Cumberland, British Columbia. Supporters of the labour leader argue the Liberal government's removal of highway signs bearing his name is an attempt to undermine Goodwin's legacy of solidarity and the ideals of equality and self-determination for which he fought and died. His critics, meanwhile, dismiss him as a lawbreaker, a draft-dodger and an agitator.
Shaped by strikes on both sides of the Atlantic and an abiding sense of justice, Goodwin was catapulted into the Northwest’s most contentious worker movements of the day: the infamous 1912-14 Vancouver Island miners' strike, and the fight for a universal eight-hour day. His death in 1918 inspired Canada's first-ever general strike in Vancouver.
Now, just two kilometers off the highway that once memorialized Goodwin’s crusade for miner’s rights, clouds loom over the site of a new proposed coal mine. Even as Cumberland’s young families envision building a community independent of the boom-and-bust resource economy, the Raven Coal Project threatens to return the town to a painful period of their history that lingers today in the form of boarded-up buildings, slag heaps, and industrial remediation sites.
Through intimate interviews that elicit conflicting emotions and troubling memories about Goodwin’s legacy, weaving a rich tapestry of Ginger facts and myths, Goodwin’s Way chronicles a community’s grassroots resistance to a coal-fired destiny as they fight for autonomy over their past, as well as their future. Will present-day inhabitants of Cumberland let their troubled past hold them back? Or can they rekindle the resistance that is their birthright – and set out to follow Goodwin's Way?
Genre & Length: Documentary, 60 mins
Audience: North American TV/web viewers, age 30-64
Release Date: January 2016
For information on distribution or acquisition, contact Washboard Films.