40th anniversary screening of Budworks in Fredericton with award-winning independent filmmaker Neal Livingston


Back-to-back film nights at Conserver House include Livingston’s most recent documentary on clean energy and fracking,100 Short Stories

FREDERICTON — The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is pleased to host a pair of film screenings with award-winning independent filmmaker Neal Livingston at Conserver House, 180 St. John St., Fredericton, on Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13. Admission to each film is by donation, and Livingston will be on hand for discussion following each screening.

On Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to the 40th anniversary screening of Budworks (1978 – 35 minutes), an historic film about the controversial, decades-long budworm spraying program in New Brunswick that was featured in Rachel Carson’s seminal book, Silent Spring.  Watch the trailer here.

On Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m., Livingston shows his latest film, 100 Short Stories (2016 – 68:30 minutes), an inspiring story about the struggle against oil and gas fracking and in support of renewable energy development in Cape Breton, N.S. The film earned the 2017 Energy Award at Cinema Verde in Gainesville, Florida, and was shown at the Planet in Focus Festival 2016 in Toronto, and the 2017 Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary in Turkey.  Watch the trailer here

“I’m very much looking forward to showing my 40-year-old film Budworks about the spraying controversy for budworm in eastern Canada, an important part of New Brunswick’s history,” filmmaker Neal Livingston says. “It’s an amazing film, features a young Elizabeth May, and, to my knowledge, was the first political documentary on an environmental issue to be made in the Atlantic region. The next night I’m showing my newest film, 100 Short Stories, which traces the contemporary and personal issues of developing renewable energy, and the successful fight against fracking in Nova Scotia.”

Neal Livingston has been making films for more than 40 years. He lives in the Mabou Inverness area on Cape Breton Island, N.S., where he has a commercial maple syrup farm, a business in renewable energy, makes art, and is an active woodlot owner.


For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Jon MacNeill, Communications Director | 458-8747 (office) | 238-3539 (mobile) | jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca