“Dr. Barry Prentice : Flying AirshipsBack to the Future” tells the story of Dr. Barry Prentice and his relentless pursuit of meaningful government and industry attention, leadership, and resources, to the inadequate state of transportation to Northern Canadian Communities, and an available solution – airships. Dr. Prentice, a Transportation Economist and tenured Professor at the University of Manitoba, has written multiple research papers and presented to several industry and government officials about the feasibility of airship technology – receiving a great deal of interest – but virtually no action.
Dr. Prentice argues the airship is a technology largely abandoned and misunderstood, but holds significant economic and environmental advantage over current Northern Community transportation modes of ice roads whose functionality is dwindling due to the effects of climate change, and airplanes that have limited cargo capacity and drive up everyday costs for Northern residents. This transportation challenge is one contributing factor to the fact a large number of Northern Canadian Communities primarily made up of First Nations people, lack basic reasonable food security, and effective access to resources to build sufficient housing.
The documentary will capture Dr. Prentice’s intense commitment to airships as an economic and humanitarian solution to the long-standing problem of access to remote Northern Communities demonstrated in film by observing several events over the course of the next several months including a tour of the Northern Ontario community of Moosonee and conversations with multiple stakeholders.