What motivates ordinary people to stand up to multi-billion dollar energy giants?
Directly Affected is a documentary project about the battle between everyday people and a multibillion-dollar energy industry. Right now, a Houston-based energy company intends to transport 890,000 barrels of unrefined Alberta Tarsands oil to BC’s coast through the Trans Mountain pipeline. Millions of barrels will be stored in our communities and over 400 tankers will ship the diluted bitumen through the Salish Sea to foreign markets every year. Our first documentary brought together the disparate voices of individuals and communities not being heard by decision makers. In this series, we go to regions across the province to meet the courageous people who are standing up for democracy, local economies, their environment and a better future for all.
The original Directly Affected team will be joining documentarian Zack Embree. Also, we're looking for passionate researchers and a graphic illustrator/animator to join our team. Please contact the Project Lead for details.
Our first documentary premieres at Telus World of Science and in Victoria this November with an anticipated community audience of over 700. The premieres directly involve community groups, First Nations and youth led groups from the community.
Raincoast has over two decades of history engaging audiences across BC. The project team have planned outreach events with community groups in Langley/Abbotsford (PIPE-UP), Burnaby (BROKE), North Vancouver (NOPE) and throughout the Gulf Islands.
Youth leaders like Jacqueline Tam are a part of our outreach team and committed to ensure youth voices are heard and represented in the emerging web series.
Local communities are mobilizing right now. The web series will directly impact the outreach of community groups who will have free unfettered access to the full web series to promote and distribute through their own channels directly.
Our Facebook page was built from organic likes and the interest of community members. For the full series will use Facebook as means for additional content sharing relating to the focus of each episode and the specific places and issues presented.