National Geographic filmmaker to visit

Adventurer, explorer, conservationist and extreme filmmaker Bryan Smith is based out of Squamish, British Columbia. When he heard that a hydroelectric dam was planned for his beloved Ashlu River in B.C.’s Cedar Sky Corridor, with swift waters deep canyons and giant trees, he responded with a film, “49 Megawatts” which explored the controversy over British Columbia’s river-based energy production.

From there, his career has taken him across the world in search of adventure in difficult and remote locations. He is skilled at creating innovative solutions in order to capture dizzying images, despite the risks to crew and himself.

Smith will speak and share films about his excursions on Nov. 15 (7:30 p.m.) and Nov. 16 (10 a.m.) at the Lone Tree Arts Center, a part of the Center’s National Geographic Series.

In 2010, he won a National Geographic Expedition Grant for his work in Kamchatka, Russia, a dramatic peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Okhotsk, with 20 climate zones and 260 volcanoes (many active). Grizzlies, hordes of mosquitos and other predators lived there.

National Geographic shows he shot include “Alaska Wing Men,” “Explorer,” “Nat Geo Amazing” and “Monster Fish.” And he has become a most engaging storyteller.

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