Death of a Skyline

Death of a Skyline

A bulldozer tears into the side of a wooden grain elevator. The magnificent prairie landmark crumples to the ground. Once, more than 5,000 Alberta grain elevators graced the skyline. Today they're being razed to make way for modern concrete structures.

Are these "prairie cathedrals" being destroyed due to obsolescence or corporate profit? In this film, a lively cast of characters reveals the story of these disappearing landmarks. The citizens of Mayerthorpe, Alberta fight to save their elevator as demolition day approaches. A Montana couple, Bruce and Barbara Selyem, race to photograph elevators across the continent before they are ripped down. Pete Kirk salvages grain-worn wood from demolition sites to build furniture and recycle a piece of prairie history.

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Main credits

Smith, Bryan (film director)
Warner, Jim (screenwriter)
Gardner, Andrew (screenwriter)
Krepakevich, Jerry (film producer)
Thompson, Bonnie (film producer)

Other credits

Editor, Jamie Moorhouse; director of photography, Wes Doyle; original music, Bruce Leitl.

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