The Yosemite festival awards recognition for some of the world’s finest and most visionary independent films made by many of the leading contemporary artists and creative minds working in cinema and screenwriting today.
In a release announcing the awards, Easton Stuart, Executive Director of the Yosemite International Film Festival said, “we are very fortunate to have received such a variety of quality films from all over the world. The Festival is significant in the development of fostering the talents of independent filmmakers.”
“As a print journalist for more than 30 years, I am delighted that “Cyanide Beach” was named the festival’s best educational film,” says InvestigativeMEDIA’s founder and editor John Dougherty. “Educating the public about important issues is the goal of good investigative journalism.”
“Cyanide Beach” is InvestigativeMEDIA’s first documentary film. The video tells the story of how the same Canadian businessman who are seeking state and federal permits to construct a massive open pit copper mine in Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest south of Tucson, Arizona operated a now abandoned gold mine in Sardinia, Italy.
InvestigativeMEDIA’s editor John Dougherty and photographer and videographer Liz Allen traveled to Sardinia in May 2011 to investigate what happened at the shuttered gold mine near the farming village of Furtei.
The 27-minute film was shot almost entirely with a hand-held Sony Handycam digital camera. The documentary was screened at theaters and private showings throughout southern Arizona in the fall of 2012 and was broadcast twice on a Tucson television station. The film was also screened last April in Berkeley, Calif. and in Washington, D.C.
“Cyanide Beach” was released on Youtube last December and has nearly 7,000 views, including many from Romania, where the film is being used to help stop development of a major gold mine by another Canadian company.
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