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iN VIDEO: Okanagan filmmaker releases new documentary on mussel threat

A scene from "Splash Mob — Protecting Our Freshwater".
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November 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM

VERNON - A Vernon filmmaker with a passion for keeping B.C. lakes and rivers mussel free, is hoping to keep his message alive through his latest film.

Brynne Morrice is the creator of Mussel Threat, a short documentary that was shot around the Okanagan, Kootenays and in Arizona. The first film was released in 2015 and explored the threat of what would happen to B.C.’s waterways if Zebra and Quagga mussels invaded the Okanagan.

“That first film spawned a large campaign and a lot of people got involved,” Morrice says in a news release.

In the summer of 2016, Morrice organized a Splash Mob where 170 watercraft formed a circle on Kalamalka Lake in Vernon. Morrice says thanks to local funding from Vernon’s 100 Men who Give a Damn they were able to make a film with the footage.

Splash Mob — Protecting Our Freshwater is the name of the film, which uses drone footage from the 2016 event.

Morrice says the first film was more about the fear of mussels and the threats they pose, but his second film is meant to be “more hopeful.”

“It’s about the actions we can all take to protect our beloved lakes and river,” he says. “I hope people across the Pacific Northwest see this film and are inspired to stand up for their local lake or river.”

To learn more about Zebra and Quagga mussels click here.

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