Reel Causes for October

Silver, Gold, Uranium – At What Cost?

Uranium Drive–In and the Wilderness Committee

October 23rd 7:00 PM

Join Reel Causes and the Wilderness Committee for the Canadian premiere of the award-winning documentary, Uranium Drive-In. With the recent Mount Polley mine disaster, Reel Causes is centering our October event around a conversation exploring human and environmental issues of mining and resource extraction.

Uranium Drive-In’s stunning cinematography and compelling story-telling reveal the difficult realities that the mining industry presents for rural communities. It introduces us to the people counting on a proposed uranium mill to escape poverty, and the project’s opponents who are concerned about its far-reaching impacts on health and habitat. Uranium Drive-In puts human portraits at the heart of the complex issues of jobs and the environment and has us asking – Silver, Gold, Uranium… At what cost?

We’re excited to have Wilderness Committee Director Joe Foy on hand to speak about the local environmental and community impacts of resource extraction and mining. The conversation will continue after the film with Uranium Drive-In’s director, Suzan Beraza, joining us for a Q & A by Skype.

We will also be presenting the winning video in our Reel Change Video Contest in support of Homelessness Action Week. Join us for another great night of film, conversation and community participation!

The Film

Uranium Drive–In

October 23, 2014, Doors: 6:30 pm, Show Time: 7:00 pm

Running time: 70 minutes

More than 100 km from the nearest traffic light is the town of Naturita, Colorado – population 519. For decades the town’s economy boomed, boosted – and dominated by – the local uranium mine. Now 30 years after the mine’s closure, businesses are boarded up, formerly vibrant community landmarks are rusted over, and unemployment is rampant.

When a Canadian mining company brings plans to build a new uranium mill in the area, most Naturita residents welcome the prospect of renewed prosperity. At the same time, critics of the project argue that the environmental and health risks associated with uranium mining will further damage the town, the stunning wilderness in which it’s situated, and communities as far away as California and Arizona.

This story is one that is imprinted on rural communities across North America – and around the world. Through the lives of its characters, Uranium Drive-In explores the questions faced by residents in every community where resource industries offer both jobs and environmental consequences: how best to protect and preserve one’s home, and at what cost?

Directed by Suzan Beraza (IMDB) | Film IMDB | Official Site

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema

149 West Hastings Street , Vancouver (Map)

The Cause

The Wilderness Committee


The Wilderness Committee is Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization, with over 60,000 members and supporters from coast to coast to coast. Founded in 1980, the organization has helped to create dozens of parks and protect over 55 major wilderness areas, including millions of hectares of wildlife habitat and some of the last remaining tracts of old-growth temperate rainforest in Canada.

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Partner Event

Reel Causes at VAFF

Reel Causes is excited to partner with the Vancouver Asian Film Festival again this year, Nov 6 -9!

We will be co-presenting their Centrepiece Film

A Picture of You 

Sat. Nov 8th 7:30 PM
Cineplex International Village

Event information

Reel Change Contest

Homelessness Action Week Video Contest

Congratulations to Karlos Alcazar, Reel Causes’ Reel Change video contest winner! We were delighted to honour Karlos and screen his short video, “One Key” at our October 23rd event! The contest aimed to raise awareness about homelessness and challenge our preconceptions on this issue – Karlos’ video showed how “one key” can build bridges and make a difference.
See the winning video

Reel News

News on the Cost of Mining

A crack in the perimeter wall of the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond was identified as a serious concern back in 2010 and 40% of the 92 instruments to measure water pressure were broken.

Vancouver Sun: Inspection Report

Vancouver Sun: Clean-Up Plan

Reel Event

November Event!

Join us on Nov. 20th when VanBUG joins us to co-present the fascinating film The Perfect 46 and we host a discussion about implications of genetic engineering. It’s sure to be an interesting night and we’re excited that the film’s director Brett Bonowicz will be in attendance.