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The All Too Clear
Premier Screening

Aug 10, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Parry Sound, 2 Bay St, Parry Sound, ON P2A 1S3, Canada

Georgian Bay Forever and the Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere are proud to present the premiere of the documentary film All Too Clear: Beneath the Surface of the Great Lakes. Georgian Bay Forever is the lead sponsor of this epic feature-length documentary that will explore the effects of quagga mussels on the Great Lakes using the world’s most advanced underwater drone.

 

The event will be hosted on August 10, 2024 at the Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts located in Parry Sound, ON. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for guests to meet their hosts, Georgian Bay Forever, Georgian Bay Biosphere, and documentary producers, Inspired Planet. Enjoy several informative booths, a beverage at the cash bar, and a unique opportunity to see the underwater robots involved in filming. Opening ceremonies and remarks will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. The 90-minute feature film will be followed by a Q & A period where guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the producers, Zach Melnick and Yvonne Drebert, several of the scientists featured in the film, as well as David Sweetnam, Executive Director of Georgian Bay Forever, and Katrina Krievins, Aquatic Conservation Programs Manager of the Georgian Bay Biosphere and editor of the 2023 State of the Bay ecosystem health magazine.

 

About the Film:

All Too Clear uses cutting-edge underwater drones to explore how quadrillions of tiny invasive mussels are re-engineering the ecosystem of North America’s Great Lakes at a scale not seen since the glaciers. The mussels are trapping nutrients, the building blocks of life, on the lake bottom. Without nutrients, organisms of all kinds – from the tiniest plankton to the largest fish – are vanishing, creating vast biological deserts. The scientific community is divided into those racing to find a way to control the invaders, and those who see an ironic silver-lining in the new world created by the mussels – a once-in-a-lifetime chance to restore an ancient and forgotten native ecosystem.

 

The mussels have also had an extraordinary side effect: they’ve made the lakes clearer than they’ve ever been before. We’ve harnessed this clarity to film never-before-seen visuals: from dazzling shallow water worlds that look more like the Caribbean than the Great Lakes, to previously undiscovered shipwrecks, completely entombed in mussels, 300 feet beneath the surface.

All Too Clear is an eye-popping exploration of our freshwater world that makes us all part of the high-stakes mission to breathe life back into the depths.

 

 

Tickets are $10/each and will help to cover the costs for both charities associated with hosting. Please join us for this extraordinary event!

“Stories are powerful agents for change, but the story about what happens beneath the surface of our treasured Great Lakes has been largely untold. We need to tell this story around the world, while there is still hope for our fellow Great Lakes relatives and water, because people can't help until they are aware,”

- David Sweetnam, Executive Director

of Georgian Bay Forever.

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For more on Inspired Planet Productions: www.inspiredplanet.ca 

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“The film was INCREDIBLE!  I was completely bowled over by the things I learned about mussels in our Great Lakes.  I mean, it was so totally new to me, and devastating.  This film must be watched by everyone who lives in or near the lakes.” - Janet Turnbull-Irving

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About Inspired Planet Productions

Producer Yvonne Drebert and Director/Cinematographer Zach Melnick are a husband-and-wife documentary production team, working under the banner of Inspired Planet Productions. They’ve been creating documentaries for 20 years and were most recently recognized at the Canadian Screen Awards with a nomination for the Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series in 2021 for their TVO/Knowledge Network series, Striking Balance. They’ve spent their documentary careers exploring the connection between people and nature through stories of sustainable development, overlooked natural worlds, and forgotten history. They live on the shores of Lake Huron’s Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula in Ontario. 

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