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Island Green

2013 25 min
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This short documentary takes a look at the changing face of PEI's agricultural industry. Once famous for its spuds and red mud, this tiny island province now has higher than average cancer and respiratory illness rates. Is there a link to industrialized farming? Rather than dwelling on PEI’s worrisome monocropping practices, Island Green dares to ask: What if PEI went entirely organic? The stirring words of PEI-born poet Tanya Davis are coupled with beautiful imagery and poignant stories from the island’s small but growing community of organic farmers, reminding us that we can rob the land only so much before …

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This short documentary takes a look at the changing face of PEI's agricultural industry. Once famous for its spuds and red mud, this tiny island province now has higher than average cancer and respiratory illness rates. Is there a link to industrialized farming? Rather than dwelling on PEI’s worrisome monocropping practices, Island Green dares to ask: What if PEI went entirely organic?

The stirring words of PEI-born poet Tanya Davis are coupled with beautiful imagery and poignant stories from the island’s small but growing community of organic farmers, reminding us that we can rob the land only so much before it robs us of the nourishment we need for life. Island Green is ultimately a story of hope and healthy promise.
  • writer
    Millefiore Clarkes
  • director
    Millefiore Clarkes
  • producer
    Paul McNeill
  • poetry writing
    Tanya Davis
  • poetry performance
    Tanya Davis
  • editor
    Millefiore Clarkes
    Lawrence Jackman
  • sound design
    Allan Scarth
  • director of photography
    Millefiore Clarkes
  • music
    Roger Carter
    Adam Gallant
  • featuring
    Margie Loo
    Raymond Loo
    Mark Bernard
    Ian Petrie
  • sound recordist
    Luke Leunes
    Brian Sharp
    Adam Gallant
  • researcher
    Millefiore Clarkes
    Phil Ferraro
  • additional cinematography
    Brian Sharp
  • additional editing
    Christopher Cooper
  • assistant editor
    Chris MacIntosh
    David Mullins
    Kevin Riley
  • animator
    JoDee Samuelson
  • online editor
    Doug Woods
  • colourist
    Doug Woods
  • assistant on-line editor
    Kevin Riley
  • re-recording mixer
    Allan Scarth
  • musician
    Roger Carter
    Adam Gallant
    Scott Gallant
    Fraser McCallum
  • stock footage
    Millefiore Clarkes
  • marketing manager
    Tammy Peddle
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • production supervisor
    Roz Power
    Candice Desormeaux
  • technical coordinator
    Steve Hallé
    Jean-François Laprise
  • production coordinator
    Vanessa Larsen
  • legal counsel
    Stéphanie L'Écuyer
  • studio administrator
    John William Lutz
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
    Ravida Din

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Education

Ages 12 to 18
Study Guide
Discuss how industrialized farming practices on Prince Edward Island began as a consequence of World War II (4:00 to 5:30). Divide the class into three groups and ask them to consider, respectively, the environmental, economic and social advantages of organic farming, as proposed in the film. Each group should create a poster, slideshow, advertisement or other project to highlight their findings. Research the environmental impact of monocropping on the animals portrayed in the film, or on others (14:00). Ask students to write a short beat poem about an issue that is meaningful to them.   
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