James Cameron visits the Oilsands in Fort McMurray and the people of Fort Chipewyan

Posted by ryanjackson on Oct 11, 2010 in video |

I never expected to be back up to Fort Chipewyan so soon but thanks to James Cameron’s visit last month I got to.

One thing I found about the media coverage (especially TV coverage) of James Cameron’s visit to Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan was that it was more about HIM and about people’s reaction to him than what he actually had to say or the issues that he was discussing. I understand that TV has to boil everything down to a small sound bite but it sucks when someone talks for over an hour and then less than five-seconds of what they say is clipped.

Here are my three videos from his visit. The first one is in Fort McMurray where you learn why he was there, the second one is the people of Fort Chipewyan telling their stories to him and the third is his press conference after his tours. You can also watch the entire hour-long press conference on the Journal website.

James Cameron’s reaction after his first helicopter tour of oilsands development around Fort McMurray on September 27, 2010. The Hollywood director flew into Fort McMurray on Air Canada Jazz on Monday and will tour the oilsands and speak to aboriginals downstream in Fort Chipewyan on Tuesday. Video by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

Fort Chipewyan residents emotionally voice their concerns of cancer and pollution to James Cameron on September 28, 2010. Video by Ryan Jackson/Edmonton Journal

James Cameron speaks in Edmonton Sept 29, 2010 after his tour of the oilsands in Fort McMurray and meeting with residents downstream in Fort Chipewyan the previous day. Video by Ed Kaiser and Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal Watch the entire hour-long press conference on the Journal website.

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