When Zack Embree started production on his film Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure, he had certain notions about his country.
“I grew up believing a story about Canada,” he says. “That we were a caring country that prided itself on being fair, democratic, and responsible… And that when it came down to it, we as a nation would do right by the world, even if it wasn’t easy.”
When Embree lost his job teaching art to people on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, he began to research climate change.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Taking the pipeline fight to the big screen. A new documentary is looking at the resistance movement against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion.
“Directly Affected: Pipeline Under Pressure” is the work of Vancouver filmmaker Zack Embree. He spent the last four years documenting the ups and downs of those against the project.
Filmmaker Zack Embree and environmentalist Tzeporah Berman take us behind the front lines of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project protests and chat about the new documentary ‘Directly Affected’.
Protesters were arrested at a demonstration against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, one of them being Green Party leader Elizabeth May. We spoke with one of the protesters and documentary filmmaker Zack Embree.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced hecklers in Nanaimo. Premiers Rachel Notley and John Horgan are flinging indignant words back and forth between Edmonton and Victoria. Ottawa has been urged to step in and show who’s got the power.
What is going on here? All this over a pipeline that’s already been operating for 65 years?
Fortuitously, there’s a new documentary called Directly Affected to get you up to speed. It’s 75 minutes of bristling advocacy journalism, thoroughly researched and professionally presented. It doesn’t include the most recent events, but it sure does anticipate them.
Zack Embree sounds like a traumatized man when he talks about Fort MacKay.
“It’s very sobering,” he says softly. “First Nations are typically at the frontline of resource extraction and environmental degradation, and that long history of exploitation hit me in the face when I went to Fort MacKay.”
About six years ago Zack Embree decided that he needed to lend his voice to the discussion of climate change, so he picked up a camera and went about making his first movie.
The result of that decision is the 75-minute documentary Directly Affected looking at the impact of pipelines on communities across the country.
His quest for knowledge began in Burnaby with the oil spill of 2007 and Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, and the film has its world premiere here at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.