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Charles Wilkinson

Charles was born in the Eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains. He began entertaining professionally as a singer at the age of 8. A regular on a popular TV variety show he recorded, toured and performed more or less continuously until the age of 18 when he quit school and drove his battered MG to the west coast.

He spent the better part of the next decade travelling, working as a welder, mechanic, carpenter, guitar instructor, writer, logger, photographer and off-the-grid log builder.

He somehow convinced a university to accept him, earned a BA in filmmaking & communications, directed a very successful documentary for the NFB prior to graduating, and went on to direct several decades worth of feature films, US network TV movies, episodic series and documentaries.

Charles enrolled again in university, earned an MBA in film & creative writing, had 2 books published and returned his focus to where it started – social commentary pov documentary.

Charles lives and works on a coastal inlet near Vancouver, Canada.

Peace Out
Format: Hardcover

Every energy sector out there wants a piece of the Peace River Valley, one of the last great wild places in North America. The oil industry wants it, the frackers, the solar, wind and nuclear industries. Why? As Charles Wilkinson paddles through the issues he engages hydro and natural gas energy executives, oil company reps, nuclear spokesmen, scientists, academics and activists. What starts to becomes clear is that the tricky business of energy supply and demand does not play out in isolation. It involves everyone who turns on a computer, starts a car, charges a cell phone. With clarity, even handedness and a good deal of wit, Charles Wilkinson connects all of us all to this sweeping energy issue that is rapidly transforming our world. The Peace River is in northwestern Canada, but it could be anywhere as the issues are universal. Peace Out was inspired by Charles Wilkinson's award-winning documentary of the same name.

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