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To celebrate the centennial of Parks Canada, the first national parks service in the world, Discovery World HD will air a new thirteen part series called National Parks Project.

The series showcases Canada’s national parks through the eyes of 39 Canadian musicians and 13 filmmakers. Each episode of the series is a behind-the-scenes look at how three musicians and a filmaker go about collaborating in the creation of 13 independent short films, each with its own style and voice.

The films themselves will be available for viewing online at nationalparksproject.ca

Premieres Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT


See press release in next post for more details.
 

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Toronto, ON (February 25, 2011) – Some of the world’s most extraordinary natural beauty is right on our own doorstep. And now, in the spirit of The Group of Seven, see how Canada’s extreme landscapes inform and inspire the creative process in the groundbreaking, 13-part new Canadian series, NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT. Showcasing Canada’s national parks through the eyes of 39 of the country’s most innovative musicians and 13 acclaimed filmmakers, the original production for Discovery World HD premieres on Saturday, March 19 just in time for CTV’s broadcast of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS the following weekend. Narrated by The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, this extraordinary exploration of the creative process, stripped down and primed for inspiration in the wilderness, airs Saturdays with back-to back episodes at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/10 and 10:30 p.m. PT on Discovery World HD. NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT is complimented by rich online content at DiscoveryWorldHD.ca and nationalparksproject.ca.

Celebrating the centennial of Parks Canada – the first national parks service in the world – the series draws together 39 of the country’s most diverse and cutting-edge musicians and 13 acclaimed filmmakers as they venture out on a creative voyage of inspiration in Canada’s most majestic national parks. Featuring three musicians, one filmmaker and one breathtaking park (one national park from each province and territory) in each 30-minute episode, see what happens – inspiration or implosion – when art and nature collide. With 2011 JUNO-nominated artists including Sarah Harmer, rap artist Shad; and Broken Social Scene’s Ohad Benchetrit and Andrew Whiteman; filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Sturla Gunnarsson; and stunning sites ranging from one of the largest polar bear denning areas in the world in Manitoba, to the centre of Haida culture in BC, this ambitious series touches all the senses in stunning high definition.

The 13 episodes premiering on Discovery World HD offer an intimate and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the musical collaborations and filmmaking process behind the creation of 13 independent short films, each with its own style and voice. The films themselves will be available for viewing online at nationalparksproject.ca, providing stunning and sometimes surprising postscripts to each episode in the series.

Highlights from the first episodes of NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT include:

NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT – “Gwaii Haanas”
Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Vancouver filmmaker Scott Smith (Falling Angels) joins singer/songwriters Sarah Harmer, Bry Webb (Constantines) and Jim Guthrie on a mission to capture the essence of Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site in British Columba. Struggling with stormy weather, dense rainforest and the park’s haunted history, the downtown artists explore the challenges of creative collaboration in the wilderness, with amazing wildlife and the rich culture of the Haida people as inspiration.

NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT – “Wapusk”
Saturday, March 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Oscar nominee Hubert Davis (Hardwood) travels to northern Manitoba with rockers Sam Roberts, Matt Mays and Kathleen Edwards, to make a short film and soundtrack about Wapusk National Park, a noted polar bear sanctuary. Together they investigate the wonders of the tundra, get chased by a polar bear and explore the joy of creative collaboration.

NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT – “Nahanni”
Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
The Northwest Territories’ South Nahanni River is one of the world’s legendary waterways and an unlikely place for Toronto rapper Shad and Montreal psych-rockers the Besnard Lakes to collaborate with director Kevin McMahon (Waterlife). Battling whitewater rapids, freak storms and the river’s sinister reputation, the group visits the Nahanni National Park Reserve in search of inspiration.

NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT – “Kluane”
Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Kluane National Park & Reserve in the Yukon protects an extreme natural environment. Guitarist Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent), bassist Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson’s Band) and multi-instrumentalist Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress) are joining Montreal director Louise Archambault (Familia) on a trip to Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan. But frosty weather, a large bear population and a harrowing flight over the Kluane Icefields stand in their way.

The rest of the NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT’s parks, musicians and filmmakers include:

“Sirmilik”
Sat., April 2 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Tanya Tagaq
Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene)
Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle)
Filmmaker: Zacharias Kunuk

“Gros Morne”
Sat. April 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Melissa Auf der Maur
Jamie Fleming (Catl)
Sam Shalabi
Filmmaker: Sturla Gunnarsson

“Prince Albert National Park”
Sat., April 9 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Andre Ethier
Mathieu Charbonneau (Luyas)
Rebecca Foon
Filmmaker: Stephane Lafleur

“Waterton Lakes National Park”
Sat., April 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Laura Barrett
Rollie Pemberton (Cadence Weapon)
Mark Hamilton (Woodpigeon)
Filmmaker: Peter Lynch

“Kouchibouguac National Park”
Sat., April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think)
Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith)
Casey Mecija (Ohbijou)
Filmmaker: Jamie Travis

“Bruce Peninsula National Park”
Sat., April 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET10:30 p.m. PT
John K. Samson (The Weakerthans)
Christine Fellows
Sandro Perri
Filmmaker: Daniel Cockburn

“Cape Breton Highlands”
Sat., April 23 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers)
Old Man Luedecke
Daniela Gesundheit (Snowblink)
Filmmaker: Keith Behrman

“Mingan Archipelago National Park”
Sat., April 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Sebastien Grainger (DFA 1979)
Dan Werb (Woodhands)
Jennifer Castle
Filmmaker:Catherine Martin

“Prince Edward Island”
Sat., Apr. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Dale Morningstar (Gord Downie & The Country of Miracles)
Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor)
Chad Ross (Quest For Fire)
Filmmaker: John Walker

All 13-episodes of the NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT will be available on broadband one week after broadcast at watch.discovery.ca. Get web-exclusive featurettes and interviews, including a behind-the-scenes look at the “making of” NPP, on the “set,” and about the music. Episodic descriptions, artist bios and photography, as well as information about the individual parks – featuring an interactive map of the 13 locations – will also be available at discoveryworldhd.ca. And the adventure continues at nationalparksproject.ca. Designed and implemented by Grand Creative, nationalparksproject.ca offers a virtual journey to the 13 parks highlighted in the NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT. Here, users can screen the completed films, sample original music, and explore the deeper regions of the artists’ experience through exclusive film and music content, diaries and lyric notebooks and additional materials. Beginning Saturday, March 19, each interactive element will be released in conjunction with the corresponding episode following its initial broadcast on Discovery World HD. Visitors can view a trailer and learn more about the entire adventure by going to nationalparksproject.ca (available immediately).
 

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Looks good! Should be spectacular in HD.

Thanks for bringing this to your readers' attention, Hugh. I doubt that the papers will even mention this in their "What's On Tonight" columns.
 

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I doubt that the papers will even mention this in their "What's On Tonight" columns.
Actually, it's getting lots of press.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/travel-canada/what-happens-when-52-canadian-musicians-head-into-the-woods/article1947537/

http://www.calgaryherald.com/travel/This+week+tips/4463061/story.html

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/03/17/qa-joel-mcconvey-of-the-national-parks-project/

...etc.

I will watch, although Oasis HD has already covered a lot of the parks in two seasons of A Parks for All Seasons.
 
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