The National Parks Project Trailer

Here’s a cool new project to watch for. Primitive Entertainment, in conjunction with Parks Canada and Discovery World HD, have just released a trailer for the National Parks Project, a unique new series that will combine music, film, and interactive elements in celebration of Canada’s national parks. Fifty-two of Canada’s great musicians and filmmakers came together between May and October of 2010, travelling to various parks across the nation to record improvised musical compositions and shoot short films, all inspired by their surroundings. These elements were then documented by a crew and will air this spring as a 13-part half hour series on Discovery World HD. An interactive website will also give you access to tons of behind-the-scenes content and information on the history of the parks. Here’s the official synopsis from the NPP website:

In 1911, Parks Canada was founded, becoming the world’s first national parks service. On the eve of its centennial, FilmCAN and Primitive Entertainment, in conjunction with Parks Canada and Discover World HD are pleased to present The National Parks Project (NPP), a ground-breaking collaborative film, music, television and new media project that features contributions by more than 50 of Canada’s most acclaimed filmmakers and musicians, celebrating the inspirational beauty of Canada’s national parks.

The National Parks Project features a total of 52 artists from across Canada, showcasing a cross-section of the country’s best music and filmmaking talent in an unprecedented collaborative framework. Our goal in curating the project has been to illustrate the diversity of the arts community as a kind of cultural mirror of the diversity of the Canadian landscape. The project has facilitated collaborations that would likely never have taken place otherwise — for example, a former member of major American rock band Smashing Pumpkins working with a member of the Montreal avant garde improvisational community. In creating these kinds of links between disparate creative communities, we also hope to embody the diversity of Canadian society as a whole.

There’s been a lot of talk of the ‘new wave’ of documentary filmmakers pushing the boundaries of non-fiction feature filmmaking lately. Well it looks like the NPP series is one example of an interesting new direction for reality television content, creating a cinematic experience that invites people to explore beyond the series itself. For more information on how you can see it, be sure to check out the National Parks Project website and keep your eye on Discovery World HD. Until then, you can find a list of episodes and their respective filmmakers/artists after the jump!

GWAII HAANAS NATIONAL PARK & HAIDA HERITAGE SITE (BC)
Filmmaker: Scott Smith (Falling Angels) Musicians: Sarah Harmer, Jim Guthrie, Bry Webb (Constantines)

SIRMILIK NATIONAL PARK (NU)
Filmmaker: Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) Musicians: Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene) & Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle), Tanya Tagaq

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK (AB)
Filmmaker: Peter Lynch (Project Grizzly) Musicians: Laura Barrett, Rollie “Cadence Weapon” Pemberton, Mark Hamilton (Woodpigeon)

GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK (NL)
Filmmaker: Sturla Gunnarsson (Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie) Musicians: Melissa Auf der Maur (former Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), Jamie Fleming (Catl), Sam Shalabi

NAHANNI NATIONAL PARK (NWT)
Filmmaker: Kevin McMahon (Waterlife) Musicians: Shad, Olge Goreas & Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes)

KLUANE NATIONAL PARK (YU)
Filmmaker: Louise Archambault (Familia) Musicians: Ian D’sa (Billy Talent), Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson), Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress, Think About Life)

WAPUSK NATIONAL PARK (MN)
Filmmaker: Hubert Davis (Hardwood) Musicians: Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, Matt Mays

MINGAN ARCHIPELAGO NATIONAL PARK RESERVE (QC)
Filmmaker: Catherine Martin (Ocean) Musicians: Jennifer Castle (Castlemusic), Sebastien Grainger (ex-DFA1979), Dan Werb (Woodhands)

BRUCE PENINSULA NATIONAL PARK & FATHOM FIVE NATIONAL MARINE PARK (ON)
Filmmaker: Daniel Cockburn (You Are Here) Musicians: Christine Fellows, John K. Samson (The Weakerthans), Sandro Perri

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND NATIONAL PARK (PEI)
Filmmaker: John Walker (A Drummer’s Dream) Musicians: Dale Morningstar (The Dinner Is Ruined, Gord Downie), Chad Ross (Quest For Fire, Deadly Snakes, Nordic Nomadic), Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion)

KOUCHIBOUGUAC NATIONAL PARK (NB)
Filmmaker: Jamie Travis (The Armoire) Musicians: Ohad Benchitrit (Do Make Say Think), Don Kerr, Casey Mecija (Ohbijou)

PRINCE ALBERT NATIONAL PARK (SK)
Filmmaker: Stephane Lafleur (Continental: A Film Without Guns) Musicians: Mathieu Charbonneau (Torngat), Andre Ethier, Becky Foon (A Silver Mt. Zion)

CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK (NS)
Filmmaker: Keith Behrman (Flower and Garnet) Musicians: Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Daniela Gesundheit (Snowblink), Chris ‘Old Man’ Luedecke

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