This week we discuss the premiere screening of Oil Sands Karaoke; a Charles Wilkinson Documentary about the Fort McMurray Oil Sands and Karaoke. Also included is the post-screening panel discussion with community, cast and crew!
That a karaoke competition is used as a place to hang the tale was largely accidental. Cornered into the back of the bar one night, what Wilkinson saw resonated within his storytelling mind. There was an obvious mutual respect among disparate groups at the bravery of people getting up to try a song. He mentions the genuine applause for effort and talent regardless of the medium chosen, and the overall escapism that pervades this and many other such bars world-wide is a phenomenon already discovered and dealt with by others before him, e.g. the 2000 film Duets.
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