Site 41 and Beyond

 

Site 41 and Beyond Documentary Project Summary

Protest at Site 41 gate (summer 2009)

A long form documentary (for theatrical release and distribution and television broadcast) based on the long fight against Site 41 is planned for. Using Site 41 as our starting point, we will explore the issues around clean water, and its protection and preservation. We will explore the waters in and around Site 41. We will look at existing landfill sites in the Simcoe County Region, other parts of Ontario, and across Canada – providing a backdrop for others to stop polluting waters and surrounding land masses by dumping garbage into landfills. We will look at alternatives to landfills and different methods of ‘waste to energy’ solutions.

However, prior to proceeding with this stage of the project, a more modest goal is being sought – the production of a promotional documentary will be produced. A short list of the major participants in the long fight against Site 41 will be interviewed on-camera. Through previous filming of the Site 41 situation over the past 3 years, production of an award winning 8 minute short documentary (and a 12 minute updated version) were produced, providing ongoing access to participants in the Site 41 conflict.

A video excerpt from the award winning 8 minute short documentary Site 41: A Quarter Century Fight to Preserve Clean Water, produced and directed by Todd Harris. Music and aerial footage by Marg Raynor.

In memory of Gordon Leonard, owner of Huronia Nurseries, who guided me and my camera crew in a walk-about in and around Site 41. See http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/ obituary.asp?oId=604338

Contruction at Site 41 (Fall 2009)Stephen Ogden, long-time local resident and activist against Site 41 is central to the list of prospective on-camera interviewees for both the short promotional and long form documentaries. Vickie Monague, one of the key Beausoleil First Nation, Anishinabe Kweag female organizers of the protest camp at Site 41, and local farmer, Anne Ritchie Nahuis, are also central to the story and will be contacted to be in both the short promotional and long form documentary production(s). Similarly, retired local farmers, Keith and Ina Woods, are important characters for both productions, for their insights of this long standing conflict over a 25 year period, and will be contacted to be filmed.

 

A video excerpt from the 12 minute update to the award winning short documentary “Site 41: A Quarter Century Fight to Preserve Clean Water”, produced and directed by Todd Harris.

 

Persons in the background having significant influence and/or involvement in shutting down Site 41 will also be asked to be interviewed on-camera. If and where necessary, their identities will be hidden and protected from public view. This could include local government officials and business people, and community and religious leaders. A preliminary investigation into alternatives to landfills and different methods of ‘waste to energy’ solutions will be explored as well.

Site 41 and Beyond Recent Documentary Work:

The most recent documentary work done for the Site 41 and Beyond project are three short pieces which illustrate the importance of the issues involved. The first video is of the walkabout to find pure clean water coming out of the ground, near Site 41:

The second video is on the Pauze dump site (or the Perkinsfield landfill site), which is Site 41’s precursor, where dangerous chemicals seriously polluted local waterways in the Simcoe County region 30 years ago, and does so even today, with plumes of toxic industrial solvents moving towards Georgian Bay, where no one is certain of the possible harm it may cause to local residents/businesses, swimmers, and fishers:

The third piece is of the current fight by local residents in the Ingersoll area of Oxford County, where a landfill site is being proposed in the local quarry, which negatively impacts local waterways affecting drinking water and air quality, where asbestosis is one of the substances what are to dumped there, only a half mile away from a public school:

Site 41 and Beyond Project Stages:

  1. Award winning 8 minute documentary video - Site 41: A Quarter Century Fight to Preserve Clean Water and its 12 minute Update – completed in 2010 and 2011.
  2. A series of very short documentary vignettes outlining various Site 41 and Beyond subject areas, culminating in a 5-10 minute promotional documentary – in process, from the fall of 2012 until the fall of 2013.
  3. Production of 75 minute theatrical release and television broadcast of the Site 41 and Beyond Documentary. To be completed by the fall of 2014.

     

Contact:

Todd Harris
Producer/Director
C/O of Site 41: And Beyond Documentary Project
www.Site41andBeyond.ca

790 Eglinton Avenue West # 311
Toronto, Ontario M5N 1G2

Phone: (416) 789-4858
Fax: (416) 789-2537

Email: trh@sympatico.ca

Contact: Todd Harris - Producer/Director - C/O of Site 41: And Beyond Documentary Project - www.Site41andBeyond.ca
790 Eglinton Avenue West # 311, Toronto, Ontario M5N 1G2 - Phone: (416) 789-4858 - Fax: (416) 789-2537
- Email: trh@sympatico.ca