Outdoor Film premiere of The Land Provides at Museum

Carroll Hodge

Gabriola Museum

Tuesday, August 25 2015

A warm summer night, relaxing in a lawn chair, fresh popcorn in hand, surrounded by a posse of quirky scarecrows, ready to watch a good movie on an outdoor screen…

You can have all this on Friday, September 4, from 6:30-8 p.m. on the Gabriola Museum grounds. It’s the premiere of a new and expanded version of the film Gabriola Roots: The Land Provides. Pre-show entertainment includes a lively auction of scarecrows created by Island businesses and individuals. Exceptional features of each scarecrow give clues to the identity of the scarecrow’s designer. 

The Land Provides focuses on the unique relationships islanders have to the land, from farming and harvesting to protecting wildlife and preserving the sanctity of the land. The film begins with the earliest islanders, the Coast Salish-Snuneymuxw, and then documents some of the settlers who followed, including the generations of Grays and the enduring Boultons.

Gabriola today supports a wide range of farmers and harvesters. 

Rosheen Holland and Bob Shields of Good Earth Farm provide healthful local produce. 

Naomi Melnyk of Cappon Corner Farm raises small livestock as well as produce. 

Innovative partners on the Watercliff Permaculture Farm are using new methods to grow crops on waterlogged land. 

The collective workers on the Namaste Farm are practicing multi-use land sharing and conservation. 

Margo Anfossie is a careful harvester of herbs and Lawrence Mayles has created a wildlife sanctuary on previously logged land. 

Geraldine Manson of the Snuneymuxw First Nation begins and ends the film with a perspective on the sacredness of the land. 

Filmmaker Tobi Elliott (Granny Power, Between Wood & Water) was an early instigator of this film, partnering with the Museum to create a video that parallels The Land Provides exhibit. “I have always been drawn to stories around the use of land and natural resources – and our relationship with them – so I was delighted to come on board and be able to pursue a story that’s close to my heart.”  

Entertainment and the Scarecrow Auction will begin the evening, followed by the film screening (Length: 30 minutes). DVD copies of the film will be available in the Museum gift shop. The Scarecrows will be on display from September 1-3, at Folklife Village and on the Museum website www.gabriolamuseum.org