Monday, June 16, 2014

Oil and Culture In Alberta

A New Book and a New Thesis

On Fracking
Alexia Lane
A Manifesto booklet
from  Rocky Mountain Books
Some good information.


Framing Alberta's Bitumen Extraction Onscreen


A new doctoral thesis from George Takach examining films about the tar sands / oil sands with an emphasis on works produced from 2005 onwards. Takach examines how they frame the issues and argues:

"unconventional oil seems to have overtaken cowboys and Rocky Mountains as the primary symbol of the province in the global public's imagination."

Find the thesis here at:


See below for the list of the films that George analyzed using a media frame analysis.

Appendix E: Films and Videos Studied
The following list of films and videos includes URLs linking to capsule summaries of each production, except for two cases where the producer is the Government of Alberta
and for which no official links are available.

Pay Dirt
(Palmer 2005) - making-the-unconventional-conventional/oclc/797128543?referer=br&ht=edition

Tar Sands: The Selling of Alberta(Radford 2008)

(Iwerks 2008)

(Mettler 2009)

(S. Walsh 2009)

An Open Door
(Alberta 2009)

Land of Oil and Water: Aboriginal Voices on Life in the Oil Sands and Overburden(McArthur and Cariou 2010)

Dirty Oil
(Iwerks 2010)

Canada’s Oil Sands: Come See for Yourself
(Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers - CAPP 2010) Resources/oil-sands-videos/Pages/Oil-Sands-Tour.aspx

Alberta: Tell It Like It Is
About the Oil Sands
(Alberta 2010)

Tipping Point
(Radford & Thompson 2011)

White Water, Black Gold
(Lavallee 2011)

Pipe Dreams
(Iwerks 2011)

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