From award-winning documentary filmmaker Damien Gillis (Fractured Land, Oil in Eden) and Valhalla Wilderness Society comes a new film of breathtaking beauty, Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux – see the world festival premiere in Vancouver on November 23 (more details below).
Filmed on location deep in the heart of BC’s Selkirk Mountains, this 20-minute documentary is the story of the majesty, magic and endurance of one of the world’s last truly intact temperate rainforests – the incomparable Incomappleux.
Following an expedition of conservationists, biologists and wilderness explorers, Gillis documents the nature and history of this unique place – replete with rare lichens and 2,000-year-old trees – along with a plan to preserve it through a new provincial or Canadian park, the Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal.
Visiting the Incomappleux is “like going back in time”, as expedition member Sean Elkink observes, to a forest that has been growing continuously since the last ice age – utterly untouched by the hand of man. But in recent decades, most of the ancient rainforest in the Incomappleux Valley has been destroyed by logging. The magnificent core that is left has been spared only by the hard work of a small band of defenders – and remains under threat to this day.
Public access to the ancient forest has always been difficult, but in recent years, bridge and road washouts have closed it to all but a handful of hardy adventurers who could backpack there. Few people have seen it since. Now, after a Herculean filmmaking expedition, with Primeval, you are invited to experience the Incomappleux for yourself in all its splendour.
Upcoming Screenings – featuring filmmaker & VWS directors
• VANCOUVER, BC: Featured in the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival’s “Back to the Roots: The past, present and future of BC’s Ancient Forests”. Wednesday, November 23, starting at 7:30 PM (doors open 6:30) @ The Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway). Featuring filmmaker Damien Gillis, VWS Director Craig Pettitt, and short films by Daniel Pierce and TJ Watt. Buy tickets here.
• VANCOUVER, BC: November 24 from 6:30-8 PM – a special program at UBC’s Forest Sciences Centre (Room 1005, 2424 Main Mall), featuring renowned biologist Suzanne Simard, Lichen expert Dr. Toby Spribille, filmmaker Damien Gillis and Valhalla Director Craig Pettitt. Free admission.
Watch for upcoming announcements of further screening dates around BC in the New Year!
More about Valhalla Wilderness Society
The Valhalla Wilderness Society is a registered charity that was founded in 1975, in the small village of New Denver, British Columbia, Canada. The village sits on Slocan Lake, with a grand view of Valhalla Provincial Park, achieved by the Society in 1983. VWS went on to successfully spearhead campaigns for the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, Goat Range Provincial Park, and the Spirit Bear Conservancies on Princess Royal Island. VWS also played one of the key roles in the protection of South Moresby National Park Reserve. Its Endangered Wilderness Map of 1988 initiated the movement to double BC’s park system to 12% of the province. Valhalla has led park campaigns that now protect over 560,000 hectares. The work resulted in numerous national and international conservation awards received by Chairperson Colleen McCrory.
The Valhalla Wilderness Society
Today British Columbia has over 1,500 species at risk, and that’s only the ones that have been formally recognized. Scientists around the world have said that the loss of biodiversity is a global crisis that threatens the survival of humans. At its home base in the town of New Denver, across from the Valhalla Mountains on Slocan Lake, VWS remains dedicated to the role of fully protected areas in maintaining biodiversity; it is working on park proposals in BC’s Inland Rainforest Region, on the coast, and in the Chilcotin region. However, there are many environmental impacts today that have no borders, such as climate change, or pollution from a mine, or the threat of an oil spill from tankers on the coast, or threats to wildlife. VWS has been involved in many activities trying to stop such impacts.