|Directed by||Tom Radford, Niobe Thompson|
|Written by||Tom Radford, Niobe Thompson|
For years, residents of the northern Alberta community of Fort Chipewyan, down the Athabasca River from the oil sands, have been plagued by rare forms of cancer. They were concerned that toxins from oil sands production might be to blame. Industry and government, meanwhile, claimed production in the oil sands contributed zero pollution to the Athabasca River. Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands is a visual tour de force, taking viewers inside the David and Goliath struggle playing out within one of the most compelling environmental issues of our time. Directed by Edmonton filmmakers Tom Radford and Niobe Thompson of Clearwater Documentary and hosted by Dr. David Suzuki, this film originally aired in 2011 on The Nature of Things. An updated version is now being screened for the film festival going behind the headlines to reveal how a groundbreaking new research project triggered a tipping point for the Alberta oil sands.