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Northern Grease

Canada, 65 minutes, 2014
Directed by Tamo Campos, John Muirhead & Jasper Snow Rosen
Screening: Enviro Show - Inspired By Nature, Wed Feb 12 @ 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm) - World Premiere
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Northern Grease follows three snowboarders on a 18,000 km road trip across Alberta and British Columbia in a waste veggie oil powered school bus.

Northern Grease follows snowboard and surfers Tamo Campos, John Muirhead, Lewis Muirhead, and Jasper Snow Rosen as they travel in a vegetable oil fueled bus throughout British Columbia and Alberta. The boys, find fresh turns while on a mission to understand Canadian resource extraction projects, visit industrial towns, interview the people involved with and affected by resource extraction, and learn about some of the problems presented by practices like fracking and coal mining.
They find a complex and disturbing landscape, against which environmental stewardship is threatened by misinformation and biased marketing. Along the way, the boys spend time with the people who, using alternative and renewable energy sources, lead lifestyles that present solutions. All in all, Northern Grease tells a story of awareness, criticism, and forward thinking, against a backdrop of our country’s beautiful wilderness and fascinating people.

Tamo Campos
23 year old Tamo Campos grew up in North Vancouver. A sponsored snowboarder chasing winter for the last 12 years he’s now putting roots into both environmental and humanitarian work.  It’s lead to the founding of the organization of Beyond Boarding. Beyond Boarding spreads awareness of Environmental and social issues in the outdoor community. In the last year their group has done humanitarian projects in the Headwaters, ridden volcano craters in Patagonia, fought a coal mine in the Sacred Headwaters, presented to various high schools, created two documentary films, and split boarded around BC in a school bus that runs on waste veggie oil.
Jasper Snow Rosen
Jasper hails from Salt Spring and has been a high level surfer for years. His sponsors Patagonia and North West surfboards help him maintain this west coast surf lifestyle while allowing him to work on his other endeavors;  running a t-shirt company called Freebird and being the lead singer in the band The Barefoot Thieves.
John Muirhead
With an environmental activist father, John’s respect and passion for the outdoors runs deep. Touring in the mountains from Clearwater to Rogers Pass and surfing empty breaks like Vargas Island all funded by tree planting BC’s interior.  John is a new edition to Beyond Boarding. His footage has been featured in PYP production’s “Amateur Hour” and “Dirty Stashes”. John’s got a gift in his vision of capturing the beauty of British Columbia and what is at risk.

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