The stunning documentary GRASSLANDS by acclaimed filmmaker Ian Toews brings the sights and sounds of the wild prairie to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum auditorium in Regina on Wednesday November 26 at 7:30 pm.
Ian Toews will be on the CBC Blue Sky noon hour Radio program today. http://www.cbc.ca/bluesky/
The Leader-Post also has an interview with Toews.
“For some reason, the whole picture of how … the North American prairie was a beautiful, flowing mass of grasslands, and what it used to be and what it is now, I thought about it but I never really gave it deep thought,” he said.
An appreciation and a captivation, though, slowly crept over the filmmaker as he learned of the bison reintroduction program at Grasslands National Park.
Once numbering in the tens of millions, bison populations were decimated to near-extinction. A park program initiated in 2005 has resulted in the animal’s population creeping up to about 370 in recent years.
“This was one (film) that just seemed like it needed to be made at this point in my career,” said Toews.