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Tonight: Great Lakes Documentary Premieres in Traverse City

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Friday, September 15, 2023   

They're calling it an "adventure conservation documentary," and the film has its first showing tonight in Traverse City.

"Troubled Water" chronicles a 36-day, 425-mile journey on standup paddleboards along the Great Lakes. One focus is the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline, which moves crude oil from Canada to Michigan beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The film's producer, Chris Yahanda, called the film a "love letter to the region," but said it's also a reminder of what could be lost in case of a spill or accident with Line 5.

"It's not only an interesting and awesome, intense outdoor adventure, but it's a story of some amazing people that have dedicated their lives to protecting the places we thought we'd explore," he said, "and celebrating them and learning about the threats that face the Great Lakes and how people can help; and just trying to be more informed and how we can help protect all these waters that we love so much."

Tonight's premiere is at the Traverse City Opera House, opening with a community reception at 6:30 p.m., and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased there or in advance at CityOperaHouse.org.

The advocacy group Oil and Water Don't Mix hopes for a packed house to enjoy the show. Sean McBrearty, the group's media campaign coordinator, said it's part of a larger effort to bring public awareness to the environmental risks associated with Line 5.

"Everybody who wants to get involved - who cares about the Great Lakes and wants to protect them, and make sure we don't have a crucial oil spill - has a role to play, whether it's something large or something small," he said. "And I'm very grateful for the role Chris and William and their crew have played in all this."

Earlier this year, representatives of 51 Tribes and First Nations asked that the United Nations intervene and force Canada to end its support for Line 5, over concerns that a spill could pollute the Great Lakes.

Disclosure: Oil and Water Don't Mix contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Environment, Environmental Justice, Water. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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