SPOIL Documentary Focuses the Lense on Great Bear Rainforest

Just finished watching, SPOIL, by the Pacific Wild and the International League of Conservation Photographers. It’s an amazing adventure through the Great Bear Rainforest (the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest and TWICE the size of Yellowstone park) in Hartley Bay, British Columbia, to support the coastal Gitga’at First Nations’ fight against a proposed oil export pipeline from the tar sands by Enbridge Energy. There are a number of important species in the rainforest including grizzly bears, marbled murrelets, mountain goats, northern goshawks and tailed frogs.

Here is the trailer:

“In the challenge of just 10 days, these world famous photographers capture the iconic wilderness and wildlife of this suddenly threatened landscape.”

photo credit: Doug Neasloss

The mission of the ILCP is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. And they’ve rounded-up some of the best photographers in the world to bring attention to the environmental issues. The group has a number of interesting ways to mobilize including; RAVES (Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions) and Tripods in the Mud/Sky (which lends photographers to conservation initiatives). In SPOIL, the photography of Thomas Peschak stands out for his expedition below the rivers of BC.

In this memorable documentary, the iCPL photographers go on a RAVE and document the First People’s life on the land, the rainforest and its denizens, including the infamous “spirit bear”, a black bear with recessive genes that make it albino or white–though golden might be more apt. Two beautiful scenes include the First Nation members of the Gitga’at fishing for salmon and trout, and a “spirit bear” guide assisting a National Geographic photographer to document the bear of legend.

A longer excerpt from SPOIL below:

I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska, but I’m now considering taking a trip to BC instead in support AND to fish for “humpies” (pink salmon) in Hartley Bay. The eco-friendly King Pacific Lodge and Gitga’at are in a mutual partnership–the Gitga’at are in fact, “hosts” of the lodge in the preserve. Coho and Chinook salmon are also apparently abundant, though the lodge recommends only one halibut per guest (they say they are at LEAST 40 lbs. anyway).

Thanks Wildwood for the find.