Karaoke FUNdRAISER party presented by CITY

For Immediate Release


GLOBAL VISIONS is proud to present the Edmonton Premiere of the feature length documentary Oil Sands Karaoke at the 2013 Global Visions Karaoke FUNdRAISER Party, presented by City Television


Early bird tickets ON SALE NOW online at gvfffundraiser.eventbrite.ca, or in person at Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre


Straight from its triumphant debut at April’s HOT DOCS Documentary Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Global Visions is proud to present the highly-anticipated Edmonton premiere of Charles Wilkinson’s feature length documentary OIL SANDS KARAOKE on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Metro Cinema at the Garneau.


“We’re blown away to be screening Oil Sands Karaoke for the Global Visions Special Event at Metro Cinema. The Global Visions festival brings a very cool array of international cinema to the Edmonton area sparking thought and discussion on a whole lot of really vital issues that Fast & Furious 8 and Spiderman 13 don’t tend to raise.  Oil Sands Karaoke is an Alberta story that people on every side of the debate are saying really great stuff about.  The Globe & Mail in Toronto said: “…Oil Sands Karaoke is poignant and beautiful, spectacular & revealing…” – Charles Wilkinson, Director


From Indiecan Entertainment, OIL SANDS KARAOKE (directed by Charles Wilkinson; produced by Tina Schliessler & Charles Wilkinson) is a film about one of the most controversial industries in the world—the Athabasca oil sands.  Fort McMurray, Alberta, has seen a record population boom. Thousands of men and women from as far away as PEI and Labrador and as close by as local aboriginal communities, have flocked to the city to work in the oil patch, all attracted by the promise of good jobs and a high salary. The work is hard and the hours are long. The weather is harsh and the social life is sparse, and everyone must cope with the knowledge that many people worldwide—possibly even friends and family—object, sometimes strenuously, to what they do for a living. How do they cope? With karaoke of course! Oil Sands Karaoke profiles five Fort McMurray residents as they prepare to unleash their inner divas at Bailey’s, the local pub, in a vocal battle royal.


The goal of this year’s FUNdRAISER is really to show audiences the incredible array of documentaries out there these days, and that it is possible to entertain the heck out of people while still teaching them a little something. Oil Sands Karaoke not only fits that bill to a tee, it also is the perfect marriage of film and music that this festival will explore further as we move into 2014 and beyond. And as a proud, flag-waving Canadian, it’s always a privilege for me to be able to showcase a Canadian – and in this case, Alberta – story. I think audiences will be utterly charmed, and more than a little bit moved by the people they’re going to meet in this wonderful film.” – Guy Lavallee, Global Visions, Programming Director


As Global Visions moves into 2014, I can’t think of a better documentary to present at our annual Fundraiser. It is charming and light-hearted, and at the same time manages to highlight a very controversial issue happening in Northern Alberta at this time. Charles Wilkinson’s previous film Peace Out was Top 3 for the GVFF Audience Choice Award in 2012 and I’m so pleased to welcome him and Tina back this year as part of our special night, along with so many amazing sponsors and community partners that are jumping on board to support us.                         Beryl Bacchus, Global Visions, Executive Director


In addition to the screening of Oil Sands Karaoke, this year’s Global Visions FUNdRAISER features the Karaoke Voice singing competition & after-party (with Edmonton’s hottest Karaoke DJ, Benida Pederson), food from New Asian Village, a massive silent auction, live raffles, 50/50 draw, and the opportunity to purchase Passes for Global Visions 2014 at a one-time discounted price.

GLOBAL VISIONS:  Canada’s longest running documentary film festival is dedicated to presenting socially

Relevant films from around the world. In May 2014, join us for the newly expanded Global Visions, an

eight-day celebration of the hottest in film, new media and music from Edmonton, Canada and around

world. It’s a festival that turns Edmonton into an international Mecca for culture, cause and art.


Social Media Links:

Global Visions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalVisionsFilmFestival

FUNdRAISER Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/165006933683021/

Global Visions on Twitter: https://twitter.com/globalvisionsff

Oil Sands Karaoke on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oilsandsk

Indiecan Entertainment on Twitter: http://twitter.com/indiecanent

Indiecan Entertainment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndiecanEntertainment


SHORE FILMS:  Shore Films has produced a series of acclaimed documentary films including the award winning Down Here and Peace OutOil Sands Karaoke is produced by Shore Films, in association with Knowledge Network.  Cinematography, picture & sound editing are by multi-award-winning Western Canadian filmmakers Charles Wilkinson & Tina Schliessler.  More info at http://charleswilkinson.com/


INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT focuses on Canadian independent, low-budget (less than $1.5 million) films. Aside from the traditional distribution route, INDIECAN helps films find more opportunities with audiences through TV, Netflix, iTunes, websites, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.  INDIECAN’s vision is to not only support Canadian production but to encourage the viewing of Canadian films by Canadian audiences. For more information, visit Indiecanent.com