Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story
|Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story|
|Written by||Kent Staines|
|Directed by||Stefan Scaini|
Ed Begley, Jr.
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Running time||92 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Screen Door|
Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story is a 2005 independent Canadian film based on the real life campaign by Spirit Bear Youth Coalition founder Simon Jackson to save the habitat of the Kermode bear. It stars Mark Rendall as Jackson, Katie Stuart as his love interest, Graham Greene, and Ed Begley, Jr..
Simon Jackson is an awkward high school teenager who befriends a white bear that saves his life. He learns that the bear is endangered by the destruction of its habitat from logging and grows out of his shell to launch a campaign to the government to protect the bear. He then learns about the hardships of a campaign but succeeds with the help of his friend, Lloyd Blackburn, and his supporters. The movie is based on Simon Jackson and his help with protecting the spirit bear in real life then dies.
The movie won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival
- The film features the rock band the Trews, who are supporters of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.
During the press conference scene at the end of the film, the character Simon shakes hands with the real Simon Jackson.
- "West Van teen's fight to save bear worth watching". The Vancouver Province. June 4, 2006.
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