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Published on Jul 17, 2008
Tracking Distance a video documentary by Greg Marshall was completed in 1997 at the Banff Centre for Arts as a co-production.
Canadian Forces Station (C.F.S.) Dana, a NORAD Pinetree Line radar station, operated from 1962 to 1986, with over 200 service personnel and their families. It officially closed on August 30, 1987. In its 25 years of operation, countless military families and personnel were connected with the station. Tracking Distance is a video documentary that examines a portion of the tangible legacies of the Cold War; to contrast personal histories with national agendas. The film explores what remains, what has permanently changed and what people thought of Cold War situation during its operation. The film is based on interviews with a variety of individuals, each with a personal connection to the closed radar station.
It was last broadcasted on SCN Television in 2004, and debuted at 1998 Yorkton Film Festival. It was made possible with the financial assistance of the Alberta Heritage Trust Fund and the National Film Board of Canada. Production and post-production made possible through the Banff Centre for the Arts as well as some assistance from EM Media in Calgary.
Richard Agecoutay, an award winning filmmaker, videographer, photographer and cultural activist, volunteered a great deal of time and effort as the project's director of photography.