Oil Sands Karaoke Screens at Hot Docs

Our biggest challenge was making a film about the Oil Sands that would find some common ground between bitterly divided groups. From the initial reactions to the film in both the environmental camp as well as the Oil & Gas sector we’re seeing enthusiasm and bi-partisan discussion.

Hot Docs Film Festival says: “Home to one of the most controversial industries in the world —the Athabasca tar sands—Fort McMurray, Alberta, has seen a record population boom. Thousands of men and women… must cope with the knowledge that many people worldwide—possibly even friends and family—object, sometimes strenuously, to what they do for a living…”

A review in the influential oil patch publication “Your Murray Magazine” says: “[Wilkinson] has isolated a little vignette of humanity… The promise of that story, hidden among the more brash advertising – controversial place on the planet indeed – means that when this comes out it will almost be required watching for anyone interested in our little corner of the world.” The community of Ft McMurray is organizing a series of high profile events around screenings of the film.

The Oil Sands issue divides public opinion like no other. With Oil Sands Karaoke we concentrated on things that unite us. In a debate that centers on conflicts of interests we’re hoping to find common cause.

Hot Docs Screening Times:

Fri, Apr 26 8:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

Sat, Apr 27 2:00 PM
The ROM Theatre

Sat, May 4 6:30 PM
Scotiabank 4

For more info on the film please click here

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