Cast: Gordon Downie
"Waterlife is an immersion into the beauty and toxicity of the Great Lakes. Following the epic cascade from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, Waterlife reminds us of our essential connection to the water that we drink every day. Waterlife is a stunning ode to the last great supply of fresh... MORE
"Waterlife is an immersion into the beauty and toxicity of the Great Lakes. Following the epic cascade from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, Waterlife reminds us of our essential connection to the water that we drink every day. Waterlife is a stunning ode to the last great supply of fresh water on earth, the Great Lakes. Kevin McMahon navigates with fluid clarity through industrial intervention and natural splendor, from northern Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean. This eloquent poetic essay transforms the way we think and inspires us to act before it's too late." Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival site, LESS
Kevin McMahon, Canada, 2009, 109 minutes Tuesday May 26 \| 6:30PM \| Pacific Cinémathèque Filmmaker in attendance From the icy cliffs of Lake Superior to the ornate fountains of Chicago, from the rain-swept streets of Detroit to the sewers of Windsor and beyond, Waterlife follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The Great Lakes of North America supply twenty percent of the earths fresh water, with 35 million people drinking this water every day. With stunning photography, underwater and above, Waterlife pays homage to this incredible and complex body of water and the life it contains. We observe as it transforms the societies it passes through and, in turn, is transformed by them. Yet, beyond this extraordinary beauty, the Great Lakes are in an extreme state of distress. Under assault by a deadly combination of industrial toxins, sewage, invasive species, dropping water levels, and profound human apathy, the lakes verge on irreversible collapse. Director Kevin McMahon takes viewers on a tour of an incredibly beautiful ecosystem that faces complex challenges, and gives viewers a visceral understanding of the element that is so integral to our lives. Along the way we meet a wide-ranging group of people who are connected to the Great Lakes. These people tell their stories of the region, sharing what is meaningful and necessary about this water from their perspectives. In the end, Waterlife has the power to transform how we see water and to inspire us ...