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Stanley Park: An Urban Wilderness Documentary

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 10:04am PST
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Enjoyed by thousands every day who take to its sea wall, forest trails, sea side lookouts, beaches and attractions, it’s no wonder that someone would want to create a film about Vancouver’s ‘Crown Jewel’, Stanley Park. Beautiful Earth, consisting of co-founders Adrian Green and Grant Finlayson, is the company behind a new Stanley Park documentary. They aim to make more than just a ‘tourist film’ and have recently released a trailer for Stanley Park: An Urban Wilderness.

Stanley Park: An Urban Wilderness Teaser Trailer from Beautiful Earth Films on Vimeo.

The film will follow the park’s history through interviews with individuals from our local First Nations and share the story of its popular attractions and areas of interest like the 9 o’clock gun, Deadman’s Island, the miniature train, and more.

“Although we are looking at a lot of these different things as they are today we are also delving into their past and telling their stories from their very beginnings,” Green told me. “We’ve been digging up some interesting facts as we’ve been doing our research and talking with people and it’s fascinating and very exciting when we find out something that we didn’t know before.”

The nature of Stanley Park is another main focus and the filmmakers have done several interviews with the Stanley Park Ecology Society. “The whole documentary will hopefully be a pleasing and inspiring mix of everything,” Green added.

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They are looking to release the finished product in the spring of 2013 at the latest and are still filming this month and hopefully moving on to editing by October. They will soon be launching an Indigogo campaign to help raise funds to finish the documentary and are currently accepting sponsorship and donations to supplement what each of them have been contributing out of pocket.

You can follow the project on the Beautiful Earth blog, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more.

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  1. I love the idea of this documentary. Stanley Park is such a gem in our city.

  2. Rachel says:

    What a superb idea! Stanley Park is an amazing place and I am looking forward to seeing this documentary to learn more about this beautiful natural environment, right in the heart of Vancouver, B.C.

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