STAND, a new film from b4apres Media in association with Dendrite Studios, will take you into the heart of the largest temperate rainforest on the planet-the Great Bear in British Columbia, Canada. Hung on the skeleton of a good ol' fashioned adventure undertaken by a group of surfers, the potential effects of introducing super tankers to these pristine waters will be articulated. As the crew moves through this remote region under their own power, the landscape will be unfurled one paddle stroke at a time and punctuated by the faces and fears of the First Nation people who call this garden of Eden their home. Not just an efficient mode of transport, a stand up paddleboard expedition will be symbolic of "standing up" to preserve this last bastion of rainforest. Captured in cinematic High Definition, the film will bring the Enbridge Pipeline debate into the the collective consciousness in a way that will have you fishing in your basement for that old fluorescent wetsuit.
Some extra footage from 10 weeks spent in Tofino shooting with Raph Bruhwiler for STAND. While Nov and December are a stormy time of year, when the sun does come out the skies are as blue as can be and the landscape spectacular. Canada's west coast at it's most beautiful.
STAND is an SUP & surf documentary showcasing B.C.'s west coast and what is at risk should the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route go ahead.
STAND premiered in May and is now available on DVD at store.standfilm.com
In June 2012, Norm Hann paddled 350km along the east coast of Haida Gwaii. Over 8 days of continuous paddling, Norm and the STAND crew visited the 5 Haida Watchmen sites and spent time learning about the Haida culture and their fears for the Enbridge pipeline and tanker route.
The crew is currently raising funds through the popular crowd-sourcing platform IndieGoGo, in order to complete post-production and bring this story into the mainstream consciousness. You can become a champion of the Great Bear and help protect our precious coastlines by donating to the project and in return receive some great rewards at indiegogo.com/standfilm
STAND, presented by Quiksilver Waterman, takes viewers on a journey through the waters of British Columbia's west coast. Under threat by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route is a coastline of immense beauty, pristine ecosystems, and a way of life rich in culture and history. Through the efforts of expedition stand-up paddler Norm Hann, an aboriginal high school class building their own stand-up paddleboards as a form of protest, and the powerful surfing of iconic west coast native Raph Bruhwiler, the diversity of people, landscape and wildlife that would be affected by an oil spill is articulated. STAND takes you to the core of the issue and unfurls the soul of B.C.'s west coast one paddle stroke at a time.
STAND is presented by Quiksilver Waterman and supported by Wefi, The Escape Route, Pacific Wild, Ikelite USA, Boardworks Surf, SBC Surf, Standup Journal and Coast Mountain Culture.
A film by Anthony Bonello and Nicolas Teichrob
Presented by Joker Films
Produced by Dendrite Studios
Winner - Best Environmental Conservation Film - CMS Vataravan, New Delhi, India 2014
Winner - Best Nature & Ecology Film - Bovec Outdoor Film Festival, Slovenia 2014
Winner - Best Environmental Film - Reel Paddling Film Festival 2014
Winner - Best Conservation Film - Lookout Wild Film Festival 2014
Winner - Best Film - Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films 2013
Winner - Movie of the Year - SUP Magazine Awards 2013
Winner - Best Mountain Culture and Environment Film - New Zealand Mtn Film Festival 2013
Official Selection/Finalist - Banff Mtn Film Festival
Official Selection- Banff Mtn Film Festival World Tour
Official Selection- American Conservation Film Festival
Official Selection- Honolulu Surf Film Festival
Official Selection- Wavescape Surf Film Festival Durban, Sth Africa
Official Selection- Danish Adventure Film Festival
Official Selection- International Outdoor FIlm Festival, Czech
Official Selection- Brescia Winter Festival, Italy
Official Selection - Val d'Isere Aventure et Decouverte, France