Projecting Change 2011 Film Festival and Conference

By Kirsten E. Silven - 21 May 2011 10:29:25 GMT
Projecting Change 2011 Film Festival and Conference

The ''Projecting Change'' environmental film festival and conference is taking place next week in Vancouver, Canada - and will feature over 15 films and 20 speakers from around the world. Speakers include environmentalist Paul Watson, Olympic swimmer Ryan Cochrane and executive chef Robert Clark. This year's event will be hosted by SFU Woodwards Goldcorp's Centre for the Arts in Vancouver. Organizers are expecting more than 3,500 guests to attend the festivities.

Captain Paul Watson, one of the founding members of Greenpeace and the driving force behind the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be speaking once again this year at the premier of his film, 'Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson' on Friday night. This busy 'eco-pirate' got his start in the Canadian Coast Guard during the late 1960s before co-founding the Greenpeace Foundation. He pioneered the technique of interposing activists between a whaler's harpoons and their targets. In 1977 he formed the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to continue the fight against injustice on the high seas. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world, has written six books and was honored by Time Magazine as of one of the environmental heroes of the Century.

Chef Clark has been in the cooking industry for nearly 30 years and leads the culinary operations of the NU Restaurant and Lounge, C Restaurant and Raincity Grill. He is the founder of the Ocean Wise program of sustainable and environmentally friendly seafood choices that was launched in conjunction with the Vancouver Aquarium. Chef Clark believes that ''As chefs, our job is not only about serving great tasting food, but also encouraging our staff and our guests to learn how to get sustainably produced food to the table.'' He will be speaking on Saturday night at the premier of the film, 'Enjoy Your Meal:  How Food Changes the World'.

Ryan Cochrane is a Bronze medalist at the 2008 summer Olympics in the 1500 meter freestyle swimming event. A Canadian record holder and Commonwealth champion, he will be speaking Friday morning before the premier of the, 'What's On Your Plate' film. This film follows children and food politics in New York City.

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Projecting Change environmental film festival and conference will be held from May 26th through the 29th.