David Lavallee

David Lavallee

The Change I Want To See
Saturday Feb 11 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque MAP

David Lavallee was born and raised in the oil capital of Canada, Alberta. At the age of 13 he almost lost his father to an allergic reaction triggered by a hydrogen sulphide blowout on an oil rig near their city.

In 2007 he was shocked to discover a brand new industry, the Oilsands, had set up shop in his province and was drawing the largest amount of freshwater for industrial purposes of any industry in the world to do its work. He decided to ‘follow an imaginary drop of water” from the headwaters of the Athabasca river, where he worked as a hiking guide, down to the Tarsands themselves. His discoveries of the struggle of First Nations against multinational oil corporations downstream formed the basis of the 2010 film, White Water, Black Gold. The film, narrated by Peter Coyote, won numerous awards, had 20+ festival selections and went on to be broadcast on 5 different networks.

Having learned about the enormous and unprecedented amounts of capital being poured into the Tarsands and other forms of unconventional resources, he began his second film, To the Ends of the Earth.

David hopes the film will have an impact and bring a much needed sanity to not only the energy debate, but the struggle for an economic paradigm that actually makes sense.