Award-winning Vancouver filmmaker Mark Leiren-Young takes a new approach to enviro-filmmaking with "The Green Chain" in an effort to expose the complexity of BC's forestry issues. The movie, which is shot like a documentary, premiered today at Fifth Avenue Cinema in Vancouver.

“I think we need to listen to each other if we're going to find a solution,” director Leiren-Young stated in a media release. “Maybe this movie can defuse the fear and paranoia surrounding the business of trees.”

According to the film’s promoters, the battle between loggers and environmentalists is defining, dividing and destroying communities in Canada and around the world. "The Green Chain" is supposed to be "a powerful, funny and illuminating film about the conflicts between people on both sides of the battle who love trees — and are willing to risk anything to protect their personal visions of the forest."

It sounds like an interesting film, although some of the reviews have been mixed. "Unfortunately, The Green Chain is a movie, and not quite enough of one to satisfy as drama or craft," writes Ken Eisner in The Georgia Straight.

Review by Katherine Monk, Canwest News Service
Review by Ken Eisner in The Georgia Straight