October 15, 2016 – The Waterton Biosphere Reserve will be featured in a made for national television documentary series, Striking Balance. Narrated by Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Striking Balance is an eight-part documentary series airing on TVO that explores Canada’s Biosphere Reserves.
Located in the southwestern corner of Alberta, the Waterton Biosphere Reserve is one of only 18 biosphere reserves in Canada. With Waterton Lakes National Park at its core, the Waterton Biosphere Reserve encompasses some of the most spectacular and ecologically diverse landscapes in the Canadian Rockies and prairie grasslands.
Shot over 170 days, Striking Balance combines aerial and time-lapse photography to create a stunning picture of Canada’s breathtaking Biosphere Reserves. The series includes interviews with over 250 people determined to create sustainable relationships between people and nature.
“The Biosphere Reserve concept was a kind of revelation for me,” says Zach Melnick, Director of Striking Balance. “The idea that people are not outside of nature, but a part of it, ultimately became the focus of the Striking Balance series. We’ve been touring to each Biosphere Reserve from the series, co-hosting public screenings of the episodes to launch the project and invite local communities out to see Striking Balance on the big screen. At Waterton, we were amazed at the sustainable symbiotic relationship between the ranchers and the region’s unique environment, and think you will be too!”
The Waterton Biosphere Reserve, along with the team from Striking Balance are hosting screenings of the Waterton episode on the following dates:
Wednesday, October 26th at 7pm in the Heritage Inn Banquet Room – Pincher Creek, AB
(formerly scheduled for the Vertical Church – please help us spread the word on the change of venue in Pincher Creek !)
Thursday, October 27th at 7pm in the Carriage House Theatre – Cardston, AB
These events are free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.
“It has been a privilege to work with the folks from Striking Balance and they have done a great job of telling the story of the people in the Waterton Biosphere Reserve and their connection to the land. I think viewers will be blown away by the personal stories and spectacular footage in the Waterton episode.” says Nora Manners, Executive Director of the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association.
Produced in association with The Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Knowledge Network, Parks Canada, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Striking Balance series is airing this fall on TVO and next spring on the Knowledge Network. Each episode will be available across Canada for a limited time at TVO.org following the first broadcast.
For more information please visit:
Click here to download a PDF of Striking Balance Waterton screenings poster (for print).
*UPDATE* – January 1, 2017 – for more information on Striking Balance and to order a DVD or Blu-ray of the documentary series please click go to:
Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association
Phone: 403 627 9598