About the Film
“White Water, Black Gold” is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands. As a mountaineer and hiking guide, David is on the front lines of climate change. Over the past 15 years he has worked in the Columbia Icefields of the Canadian Rockies, and has noticed profound changes in the mountains: climate change is rendering these landscapes unrecognizable.
The Journey
To find out where this water is coming from, you have to go to the source. The production team spent two weeks on the remote Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park, filming the ascent to the summit of Mount Snowdome, the frozen source of the Athabasca River- where oilsands companies get their water from. During this time they braved snow-storms and sub zero temperatures.
The Narrator
Peter Coyote began his film career at 39, after living nearly fifteen years in the counter-culture during the 1960s and 70s. Since then, he has performed as an actor for some of the world's most distinguished filmmakers, including: Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski, Pedro Almodovar, Steven Spielberg, Walter Hill, Martin Ritt, Steven Soderberg, Diane Kurys, Sidney Pollack and Jean Paul Rappeneau.