is a film that shares the stories of two communities being impacted by rampant industrial mining in British Columbia.
By helping us complete the film you are supporting communities in British Columbia recover from mining disasters, and protecting communities in Alaska from future degradation. A warming planet means that salmon runs are starting earlier than expected and we're rushing to get our camera teams ready to capture the subsistence salmon seasons on camera in Alaska and British Columbia. Your support makes it possible for us to film this important part of the story, and carry the project forward through post-production and distribution.
I was inspired to start the Uprivers
film when I learned about the KSM mine, a massive open pit mine being developed just across the border from my hometown of Ketchikan, Alaska.
As I researched more about KSM and the mining boom in B.C. I discovered that the B.C. mining industry and government have an awful track record of pollution and environmental degradation. Just as I was starting to learn about transboundary mining in 2014, the Mount Polley Mining Disaster, the largest in North American history, devastated the Quesnal Lake/Fraser River watershed.
Through the film I met Jacinda Mack, whose people's lands and lifestyles were forever changed by that disaster, and learned how she was resisting and thriving in the aftermath of the disaster. Her challenges and her successes provided insights for the fight currently underway in Ketchikan to protect the region's watersheds.
There, Carrie James is one leader in Ketchikan's fight to prevent another disaster like Mount Polley from happening in Alaska's backyard. Together, their stories are what Uprivers
is all about.Uprivers
is about halfway finished with production, but we still need to make more trips to the KSM and Mount Polley Mines and capture more of Jacinda and Carrie's stories, not to mention edit, market and distribute the film! We're planning on finishing production by the end of the summer with the finished film ready for release by spring 2017, and your donations make this project possible!
makes a difference in this fight. The B.C. mining industry and provincial government are hellbent on extracting everything they can from the
pristine mountains and watersheds in the Alaska/British Columbia transboundary region. It is a complicated issue that requires international attention and regulation. By sharing stories from the front lines of transboundary mining, Uprivers
informs citizens on both sides of the border to work together to protect our shared watersheds.
To learn more about the Uprivers
project check out our website at (that's right, we're partnered with a real 501c3) Artchange, Inc
, or our facebook page here
And if you want to learn more about the transboundary mining issue along the Alaska/B.C. border, one of the best resources is Salmon Beyond Borders