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                  “PAWS AND CLAWS” FILM FESTIVAL – 2012
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Film Title:                  PLIGHT OF THE BARN SWALLOW
Film Length:                 6 minutes, 38 seconds (Entry Category: 12 <)

Film Locale:                 Lower Mainland, British Columbia, Canada

Submitted by:                Isabelle Groc – Wilderness Committee

Producer:                    Wilderness Committee

Directors:                   Mike McKinlay, Isabelle Groc

Videographer:                Mike McKinlay

Music/Sound:                 George Faulkner

Year produced:               2012

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Film Synopsis:
In Canada, British Columbia is one of only two provinces (the other being Alberta) that
does not have an endangered species law. Yet the province is home to more wild plant and
animal species than any other province in Canada and is also one of the last holdouts for
many large mammals that once roamed much of North America. Alarmingly, 1,900 species
are on the provincial species at risk list.
This video tells the story of the PLIGHT OF THE BARN SWALLOW. The barn swallow is
one of the world's most wide spread and common bird species. Yet for decades now,
swallows are declining at an alarming rate. And Canada is no exception. Canadian Breeding
Bird Survey data has shown that in the last 20 years, the population of barn swallows has
fallen by 70 percent. In 2011, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in
Canada assessed the barn swallow as “Threatened”.
Filmmaker Bios:
The Wilderness Committee (http://wildernesscommittee.org) is Canada’s largest
membership-based environmental organization, united in a mission to protect Canada’s
biodiversity through strategic research and grassroots public education. Underlying more
than 30 years of work is a belief that citizens have the right, duty and ability to stand up
for the public interest. The Wilderness Committee has an active campaign asking for
provincial endangered species legislation by educating and mobilizing citizens to act.
Mike McKinlay's connection to the world of film began with nature still photography and
was inspired by his surroundings while growing up next to Okanagan Lake. Still
photography eventually shifted into wildlife documentation, nature filmmaking and
skateboard video production. Mike has quickly developed a reputation for his sense of
visual style and cinematography in all of his film work. Along with his independent
projects, he has worked for a number of film employers including Breakfree Productions,
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Vancouver Playhouse, the Wilderness
Committee, Greenpeace, Rainmaker Entertainment, BRON Entertainment, Wings Over
Canada (ATV Productions), Goldtooth Creative, the National Film Board of Canada, and the
Pacific Wildlife Foundation.
Isabelle Groc, a Vancouver-based freelance environmental writer and wildlife
photographer, writes about wildlife, conservation, environmental science, and the
relationships between people and their environments. She has a particular focus on marine
ecosystems and endangered species. Her articles and photographs have appeared in many
publications worldwide, including Canadian Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, Discover, High
Country News, Planning, British Columbia magazine. She is also the author of a book on
whales and dolphins of the world. Isabelle has a long-standing commitment to
conservation. Her photography and story-telling support environmental campaigns to
protect BC's wildlife at risk, with organizations including the Wilderness Committee, the
Georgia Strait Alliance, and the Stanley Park Ecology Society.
As a freelance editor and post production supervisor, George Faulkner has worked for
numerous clients including Greenpeace Canada, National Film Board of Canada, Microsoft,
Nature Trust of BC and the wildernesscommittee.org. His skills include video editing,
motion graphics and post production supervision. Before video editing, George was avidly
involved in photography and writing music. Although he has covered many styles of video
editing, his favourite so far has been documentaries. He has been a part of two Leo award
winning documentaries and looks forward continuing to work with creative and passionate
producers and directors in the future. His current projects include editor for a Feature
length documentary on Nelson Mandela and a biography series which includes Buffy Sainte
Marie as one of the subjects.




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