B4Apres is currently working on a new film entitled “STAND: A SUP Adventure Through the Great Bear Rainforest,” which will be released in the spring of 2013. For now, we will have to settle for a look at the trailer. Not only does the trailer give us a taste of what promises to be an interesting adventure, but it shows some incredible wildlife and scenery in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.
“STAND” will document a stand up paddle adventure through the Great Bear Rain Forest in order to raise awareness for the potential damages of a proposed pipeline that will pass through the area.
The Great Bear Rainforest, located on the North Coast of British Columbia makes up 25% of the world’s remaining intact temperate rainforest. Roughly the size of Ireland, the Great Bear is one of the planet’s rarest forest ecosystems. Lapping at the base of towering old growth sitka spruce, red cedar, western hemlock and douglas fir forests is a marine ecosystem that is home to keystone species of salmon, halibut, and other fish that bears, wolves and birds depend on. Orcas and humpback whales also reside in the deep, protected inlets. (B4Apres)
Enbridge Inc, a Calgary-based oil and gas company has proposed the construction of a 1,170 km pipeline running from Alberta’s tar sands to Kitimat on British Columbia’s west coast. From here, crude oil would be loaded into super tankers bound for Asia. Before reaching the open ocean, these tankers would first need to pass through some of the most dangerous navigable waters in the world―the narrow inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest. (B4Apres)
“STAND” will be the second major film project for B4Apres. The first, “Azadi: Freedom” documents skiing, culture and politics in Kashmir. Azadi (trailer above) was released in the Fall of 2010, and can be purchased on the B4Apres website.