Earth Day marks festival screenings, television broadcasts and new awards for Arctic Refuge documentary
Oil on Ice to Screen at Three Film Festivals for Earth Day as Film Continues to Pick up Awards; Coast-to-Coast Public Television Broadcasts Begin in April
WOODSIDE, CALIF. â€“ As the battle to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) rages on, Oil on Ice brings viewers closer to one of Americaâ€™s last great wild places through spectacular cinematography, narration and music. The award-winning documentary examines the connections between oil, the environment and Americaâ€™s energy future through the views and observations of legislators, Native Alaskans, and environment and energy experts.
In a flurry of Earth Day activities, Oil on Ice will screen at three film festivals on Friday, April 22 and broadcast on public television in major markets like Chicago, Denver and San Francisco around the same time. In addition, Oil on Ice picked up three new awards to join its prestigious Pare Lorentz Award from the International Documentary Association. The awards hail from the Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, International Television Awards in Chicago and the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula.
â€œWith gas prices soaring to all-time highs, the issues explored in Oil on Ice couldnâ€™t be timelier,â€ said Oil on Ice co-director and co-producer Dale Djerassi. â€œIt is important for the American public to see that drilling in the Arctic Refuge would have no impact on U.S. oil prices and would do nothing to address our dependence on imported oil.â€
Earth Day film festival screenings on April 22 include:
Artivist Film Festival â€“ 3:30 p.m.; Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles
Earth Day Film Festival â€“ 6:30 p.m.; Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Calif.
Marin Environmental Film Festival â€“ 7pm; Rafael Theater, San Rafael, Calif.
Upcoming broadcasts include:
KBDI Denver â€“ Sunday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
WYCC Chicago â€“ Thursday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m.
KQED San Francisco â€“ Thursday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m.
WKYU Bowling Green, Kent. â€“ Friday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m.
WIPB Indianapolis â€“ Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.
KAWB and KAWE Minneapolis/St. Paul â€“ Tuesday, April 26 at 9:00 p.m.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting â€“ Friday, April 29 at 9:00 p.m.
Oil on Ice credits include Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Coyote, narrator; Grammy-nominated art director Gary Burden and Jenice Heo of R.Twerk & Co., DVD cover design; renowned cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, musical score; Steve Michelson of post production studio Lobitos Creek Ranch, executive producer; Gwichâ€™in Indian Adeline Peter Raboff, advisor.
Dale Djerassi, Oil on Ice co-director and co-producer, is a director and producer of documentaries and feature films including Nada SerÃ¡ Como Antes (Nothing Will Be As It Was), Bhutanâ€”A Strange Survival, Kokoâ€”The Talking Gorilla, â€™68 and The Horse Dealerâ€™s Daughter. He also produced two plays â€“ An Immaculate Misconception and Calculus. Emmy Award-nominee Bo Boudart, Oil on Ice co-director and co-producer, lived in Alaska for 13 years. His work includes numerous programs about Alaska for the Discovery Channel, PBS and syndicated TV as well as documentaries including Alaskaâ€™s Whales and Wildlife, Deep Under the Ice, Alaskaâ€™s Arctic Wildlife, Alaska: Story of a Dream, The Sea is Our Life, Hunger Knows No Law, Where Two Rivers Meet, The Whale Hunters and The Science of Whales.
For a full schedule of events and broadcasts, or to purchase an educational WebDVD, please visit www.oilonice.org.
About Oil on Ice
OIL ON ICE (www.oilonice.org) is a multi-faceted media project about the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and the conflict over drilling for oil there. The one-hour
documentary film, WebDVD and Website examine the battle over one of Americaï¿½s last great
wild places, which is currently at the center of a national energy debate. OIL ON ICE shows
how the fate of the refuge is inextricably linked to decisions our nation makes about energy
policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. And as the film concludes,
the culture and livelihood of the native Gwichï¿½in Indians and the survival of migratory wildlife
are caught in the balance.