justREEL is a bi-monthly feature length documentary series. Now in its eleventh year, justREEL runs from September to May.


Upcoming justREEL screening:
The Grizzly Truth

September 12, 2017
7:00 PM at River Park Church
Official Selection

About the Film

International documentary filmmaker Tom Reissmann turns his camera lens to British Columbia’s grizzly bear hunt in his new film, The Grizzly Truth. Drawn by the interplay of scientific and social issues surrounding the iconic king of the forest, Reissmann objectively captures arguments made for an against grizzly bear hunting. He combines the striking imagery of British Columbia’s forests and the majestic bears themselves with voices of hunters, outfitters, government officials, eco-tourism operators, and naturalists. The film dispels the half-truths and untruths in grizzlies and pulls people’s attentions to the real issues at stake.

Film Information

Year: 2017
Length:  89 mins
Language: English

Cast & Credits

Director: Tom Reissmann


Locations & Showtimes

Tuesday,  Sep 12, 2017   |   7:00PM
River Park Auditorium
Admission: Free

Conversation Leaders


Thomas Reissmann

Thomas Reissmann, globe-trotting professional videographer, initially studied Tourism Management in the UK and Australia. He then spent some years working in the tourism industry as a marketing executive, traveling to South America, New Zealand and the UK. He finally found his passion about 10 years ago, when he started producing promotional videos for tourism companies. Since then, Tom lived in Australia traveling and producing travel videos, and spent months filming the wildlife in Tanzania and Kenya and hike Kilimanjaro. He has since also become a documentary filmmaker, dedicated to preserving the most threatened natural resources of our planet and helping indigenous communities. He is the producer and director or The Grizzly Truth.

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Kevin Van Tighem

Kevin Van Tighem was born and raised in Calgary. His family roots in what is now Alberta go back to 1875. A noted
naturalist, conservation advocate, hunter and angler, Kevin graduated with a degree in plant ecology from the University of Calgary in 1977 and went on to work as a biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service. In 1985 he joined Parks Canada and subsequently worked in Jasper, Yoho and Waterton Lakes National Parks as a biologist, interpreter and resource manager. He went on to be superintendent of Prince Albert, Elk Island and then Banff before retiring in 2011. Kevin is the author of fourteen books on wildlife and conservation, including Bears Without Fear, The Homeward Wolf, and Heart Waters/Sources of the Bow River, and writes a regular column (“This Land”) in Alberta Views magazine. His most recent book is Our Place/Changing the Nature of Alberta.



Charlie Russell

Charlie Russell is the founding director of the Pacific Rim Grizzly Bear Co-Existence Study.  Renowned worldwide for his ground-breaking work with grizzly bears in Canada and Russia, Charlie has spent the better part of 54 years closely observing the nature of these animals in their natural habitat — more time than anyone else in direct, peaceful relationship with wild grizzly bears.  A former rancher and guide, Charlie is also an author, photographer, and self-taught pilot.