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Great Lakes Bad Lines

04/19  |  7:00 PM

Suggested $5.00 donation
Directed By: Colin McCarthy
Genre: Adventure/Environmental Documentary
Run Time: approx. 25 minutes
MPAA Rating: NA

Discover the story of two Michigan adventurers and their 500-mile, fossil-free journey across the Upper Peninsula along the route of Line 5 -- a 63-year-old pipeline – that threatens our inland waters and Great Lakes. Every day nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline located on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Join us for an evening of adventure and activism as we screen Great Lakes, Bad Lines and host a brief Q&A with experts. The film is brought to you by Patagonia, Founders, Moosejaw, and Cherry Republic in conjunction with FLOW.

lllustration by Pat Perry

lllustration by Pat Perry

Colin and Paul are both from Grand Rapids, MI but only met when Colin moved into an open room where Paul was living in Ventura, CA. Paul works in the environmental sustainability department at Patagonia and Colin is a filmmaker/photographer focusing on outdoor travel and lifestyle.  Both Paul and Colin are avid outdoors people; Paul is a long time rock-climber and runner and backcountry skier - you can regularly find him sending a long route in Yosemite or casually trail running 50 miles on any given weekend. Colin is fully obsessed with surfing (like a 2-3 surfs a day kind of guy) and if the ocean is flat he’ll take mountain biking as a runner-up.

Earlier this year, there was a pretty nasty oil spill that landed on the shores of one of their favorite beaches just north of Ventura. Over the next few weeks they found themselves talking about the spill and the conversation turned into what it would be like if this happened in the Great Lakes where they grew up? How much the lakes mean to the Midwest not only as a place for recreation and enjoyment, but also concerning tourism and the economy. Knowing Line 5 poses an enormous threat to the Great Lakes, they wanted to do something to help the cause. Combining their love of film and adventure, they embarked on a journey to document the places and people that would be affected if this pipeline were to spill.