Waterlife follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. From the icy cliffs of Lake Superior to the ornate fountains of Chicago to the sewers of Windsor, this feature-length documentary tells the story of the last great supply (20 per cent) of fresh water on Earth.

The source of drinking water, fish and emotional sustenance for 35 million people, the Great Lakes are under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, dropping water levels and profound apathy. Some scientists believe the lakes are on the verge of ecological collapse.

The story of the last great supply of fresh water on earth

Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, Waterlife is an epic cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted. The film is narrated by The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie and features music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.

Feature Documentary | History Television; Sundance Channel; NHK | 2009


  • Toyota Earth Grand Prize Tokyo International Film Festival, 2010
  • Webby Award Documentary: Individual Episode, 2010
  • SXSW Web Award Activisim, 2010
  • Special Jury Prize, Canadian Feature Hot Docs, 2009
  • Best Cross Platform Project Canadian New Media Awards, 2009
  • Best Of Show Digital Marketing Awards, 2009
  • Gold - Entertainment, Arts & Tourism Digital Marketing Awards, 2009


  • Traverse City Film Festival, 2009
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2009
  • Syracuse Documentary Film Festival, 2009
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival, 2009
  • Posible Worlds - Sydney's Canadian Film Festival, 2009
  • Milwaukee Film Festival, 2009
  • Agua es Vida, Soria, Spain, 2009
  • DocFest Stratford, 2009
  • Midland Film Series, Midland, ON, 2009
  • Reel on the River, Mission, BC, 2009
  • Elmvale Community Film Festival, 2009
  • Yukon Film Society, Whitehorse, 2009
  • Barrie Film Festival, 2009
  • Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, Calgary, 2009
  • Movies at the Meek, West Vancouver, 2009
  • Fundy Film, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 2009
  • World Community Film Festival, Vancouver, 2009
  • Aboriginal Law Students’ Association, University of Ottawa, 2009
  • First Nations Water Symposium, Niagara Falls, 2009
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa, 2009
  • Environmental Film Fesitval, Washington D.C., 2010
  • Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival, 2010
  • Green Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea, 2010
  • Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Midland MI, 2010
  • Environment Film Festival SEMBRANDO CINE, Lima, Peru, 2010
  • Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Film Festival, 2010
  • Sarnia Justice Film Festival, 2010
  • Be The Change Film Festival, 2010
  • Lago Film Festival, Italy, 2010
  • National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C, 2010
  • Aquafest, Grand Bend, Ontario, 2010
  • Tokyo International Film Festival, 2010