Great Bear Rainforest is the story of one of the rarest animals on Earth, the fabled all-white spirit bear, and its ancient forest home. This documentary earned Gold in Environment & Ecology from the Grand Jury for its portrait of this secret world: a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters, and humpback whales.
In this edition of Content POV, director Ian McAllister reflects on his creative process in bringing this journey to the screen.
Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the planet’s most exquisite and secluded wildernesses. Found on Canada’s rugged Pacific coast, it is the largest temperate coastal rainforest in the world and is home to indigenous First Nations peoples, who have provided stewardship of the forest for millennia.
Great Bear Rainforest is a Spirit Bear Entertainment film presented by Seaspan in association with Destination British Columbia and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, Ian McAlister directed.
"When Making Great Bear Rainforest, the most important aspect to me is inspiring people about this place. I want to show how everything begins with life in the ocean, and the unique interface between ocean and rainforest. I hope we found a balance that represents the beauty, the grandeur, the intimacy and the elegant nature of this place, all woven together with the stories of the fiercely independent First Nations cultures, who have been protecting it for thousands of years."
- Ian McAlister, Director, Great Bear Rainforest