Marble Mountain screens documentary

On October 5, Marble Mountain hosted the first screening of the Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association’s Striking Balance documentary series.

MARBLE MOUNTAIN: A documentary recently put the spotlight on a local community.

On October 5, the community of Marble Mountain hosted the first screening of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association’s Striking Balance documentary series.

Organizer Bill Legge said producers allowed for a download of the episode for the evening and 47 people came out to watch.

“It was a 50-minute documentary on one of the eight segments that they did across the country on the biospheres,” said Legge.

“The people that turned out were from all over.”

Legge said the documentary looked into the history of the area and how it has evolved into a tourist location.

“It was very good, gets us a little bit of fame,” said Legge.

Striking Balance visited Marble Mountain in October 2014, for footage and interviews. At the time, Director Zach Melnick said the series was in town to discover and share the story of Marble Mountain, noting the former quarry was the largest industry ever in the Bras d’Or Lake area. Striking Balance looks at environmental sustainability across Canada.

“We really like what the community has done to harness their history and use that as a basis to support ecotourism in the area,” Melnick said. “It’s an interesting story and it’s ongoing.”

Along with the quarry, the film crew looked at revitalization projects and interviewed Don Pillar, who wrote a book on the history of the area, and Legge, with the North Mountain Cultural and Recreation Association.

They also flew a UAV drone to pick up aerial shots of the quarry.

The Striking Balance series premiered on TVO in October. Produced in association with The Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Knowledge Network, Parks Canada, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Striking Balance series is also airing next spring on the Knowledge Network. Each episode will be available across Canada for a limited time at: TVO.org following the first broadcast.