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“Lost Rivers” to open Planet in Focus fest

Lost Rivers, director Caroline Bâcle's documentary about the hidden rivers beneath urban centers, will open the 13th annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto.
September 19, 2012

Director Caroline Bâcle’s documentary Lost Rivers will open the 13th annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto.

The film, which won the festival’s 2010 Green Pitch Award, is produced by Katarina Soukup and explores the history of the many rivers that were hidden beneath cities during the industrial revolution.

In a statement, the festival’s artistic director Kathleen Mullen said the film “brings to life an important aspect of urban ecology, the communities of ‘drainers’ that explore these underground rivers and the international cities that are working to revitalize the rivers and integrate them back into the city landscape.”

Organizers also announced this year’s industry programming, which includes a creative documentary workshop with Canadian Eco Hero honoree Jennifer Baichwal; and panels on fair use, NGO-funded docs, interactive storytelling and green energy. The industry events will take place on October 11 and 12.

Planet in Focus takes place from October 10 to 14, at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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