Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson is a Canadian freelance journalist with an interest in all things with a greenish hue -- including organic cocktail weenies. He is also assistant editor of Vitality Magazine, eastern Canada's largest magazine of natural health, alternative medicine, and green living, and is currently working on a book about his nine seasons planting half a million trees on clearcuts in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.

What’s behind the boom in environmental film festivals?

On the final day of the Planet in Focus film festival in Toronto last fall, the packed house at the Royal Cinema felt every aching step of Jon Muir’s 2,500-kilometer trek in the documentary “Alone Across Australia.” When the death of Muir’s dog made his adventure truly a solo act, he quietly sobbed and rocked his dead companion, and there wasn’t a dry eye in sight. The movie’s blend of adventure, endurance, and devotion had sparked a passionate response — a common occurrence at the continent’s growing number of green film festivals. There aren’t many scintillating documentaries about health care …

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