Release party for DVD of documentary about Canada’s crumbling rail system at Loplops tonight!

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Form Productions and Tidal Records present the DVD release party for De-Railed: The National Dream, on Thursday, December 20 at 8 pm at Loplops. The event will feature performances from the Inner City Surfers, Frank Deresti and The Lake Effect, Dustin Jones and The Rising Tide, and The Boothill Crooners.

De-Railed director (and Sault Ste. Marie native) Dan Nystedt will  premiere new music videos for Dustin Jones and The Rising Tide, and Frank Deresti and The Lake Effect.

Tickets are $20 and include a copy of De-Railed: The National Dream. They are available at Loplops, Case’s Music, and Storey Home Furniture.  The DVDs will go on-sale starting Friday, December 21 at Case’s Music, The Art Gallery of Algoma, and The Rad Zone. They are also available online at www.formproductions.ca.

About the film

De-Railed: The National Dream is a documentary by independent filmmaker, Dan Nystedt, that examines the crumbling state of the Canadian railway system.

Having lost more than 10,000 kilometres of track since 1990, why has Canada allowed its “ribbon of rail” to become so tattered?

This film is an excellent tool for educating the public about the urgency of the current rail situation and the need for action to be taken to prevent the loss of more rail.

A full-length documentary film, De-Railed looks at the deregulation, struggles, successes, economic and environmental implications, and human stories of short-line passenger rail services across Canada.

Nystedt achieves this through examining short-line rail in Northern Ontario along the Algoma Central Railway (Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst, ON) and the Huron Central Railway (Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury) as a microcosm for rail policy in Canada.

Nystedt travelled by train to places throughout Canada (e.g. in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Vancouver Island) where municipalities, First Nations and community organizations are trying to preserve and restore endangered short line rail services.

The film explores the factors behind the deregulation of our Nation’s greatest infrastructure – rail – through reflection on the history of short-line passenger rail, the environmental implications of the impending energy crisis and the potential role of rail in Canada’s steps towards environmental sustainability.

In the 1800s, tracks were laid across this massive continent.

Little more than one hundred years after the completion of the trans-Canada rail-line we are tearing up our tracks for the cost of the steel, and increasingly investing in automobile culture as the entire world is discussing climate change, the energy crisis, and how to implement a ‘green revolution’.

This is an urgent concern since communities without passenger rail will find themselves economically, socially, and culturally isolated as flying and long-distance automobile transportation become too costly in dollars and carbon emissions.

De-Railed raises many questions and challenges us to find answers.

It also shows us amazing work being done in local communities by dedicated citizens to maintain the rail infrastructure that will keep us connected into the future.

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