This is the question that filmmakers behind the award-winning feature documentary RiverBlue are asking. Following renowned river conservationist and paddler, Mark Angelo, RIVERBLUE spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most polluting industries, fashion. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, the effects this is having on, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.
The filmmakers invite residents of North Vancouver and surrounding areas to join in this special presentation on Friday evening, March 10 at the beautiful Centennial Theatre. Partial proceeds of the event will be donated to the Seymour Salmonid Society to help their amazing efforts to restore fish passage through a massive rockslide on the Seymour River.
RiverBlue premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival to sold out shows and was nominated for the VIFF Impact Award. It has since screened at dozens of prestigious film festivals around the world receiving both accolades and awards.
Why is it so important for this film to be released?
Clean and safe water is a basic human right. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, our clothing is destroying rivers and the lives of people who count on these waterways for their survival. The dyes used to colour our clothing are being dumped untreated into the rivers that people drink from; it’s not okay.
“The sooner people are aware of what is happening and how they can help, the sooner we can make a change in the fashion industry.”
Roger Williams, Executive Producer
“The fashion industry is amongst the most serious polluters of rivers and water resources on the planet, and yet its environmental impact has largely flown under the radar, until now”, says river advocate and Order of Canada recipient, Mark Angelo. “The goal of RiverBlue, he added, is to change the fashion industry; to make it more sustainable and ethical.
“RiverBlue is awesome and horrifying; it’s a must see!”
Beyond inviting friends to attend a screening, consumers can take the following steps to help make a more positive impact:
- Research brands that are consistently working to make a difference in the production of their clothing, and share the info!
- Stay connected with RiverBlue to learn more about brands doing well http://yourchoice-yourvoice.com/, a positive hub for sustainable fashion.
- Look for product certification such as Bluesign when buying new clothing items, while also considering buying second hand or vintage.
Who are the people behind RIVERBLUE?
Filmmaker David McIlvride is a Gemini Award-winning Director and insightful storyteller for broadcasters such as Discovery, National Geographic and History Channel.
Roger Williams is an award-winning producer and Gemini nominated Director of Photography, whose projects have aired globally for networks such as The Discovery Channel and ESPN.
Lisa Mazzotta is multi-platform content producer, her work winning a Creative Arts Emmy and engaging audiences on top shows on Warner Bros, NBC, Nickelodeon and Disney.
Mark Angelo is the chair and founder of both BC and World Rivers Day and has paddled close to 1000 rivers around the world, perhaps more than any other.
Friday March 10th, 7:30pm
Adults $15, Students/Seniors $13
Centennial Theatre North Vancouver
2300 Lonsdale Ave
Tickets to the Event