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The Reluctant Radical
The Reluctant Radical / Symphony for Nature
Documentary Feature
77 minutes
2017
Director(s): Lindsey Grayzel
USA
Thu 6:40 PM Ashland Street Cinema buy tickets
Sun 6:40 PM Ashland Street Cinema RUSH
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere

Screener’s Choice: Selected by AIFF’s amazing volunteer screeners 

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? The Reluctant Radical follows environmental activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and takes direct action against the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken’s journey to radical activism is interspersed with news footage and courtroom scenes surrounding his many protests. The film reveals the fulfillment he finds in his moral calling, even though it means breaking the law. But it comes at a great personal cost—close relationships and even his mental health are at risk. We are left to wonder: is he the one out of touch with reality? Or is the rest of society delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling evidence that we are collectively destroying the world? 

Sponsored by Rogue Creamery 
 
Director’s Statement

I’ve long had nagging feelings of guilt and futility when it comes to climate change and my first conversation with Ken quickly zeroed in on my discomfort. He had a powerful yet simple message: the world is ending, and we’re pretending that it’s not happening. Within 18 months of that conversation, I found myself staring down three felony charges after filming Ken take direct action to stop the flow of tar sands oil. The charges (now dropped) were designed to intimidate and disrupt my work, but the effect was the opposite. There is no turning back. 
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The Reluctant Radical / Symphony for Nature
Documentary Short
27 minutes
2017
Director(s): Anne Flatté
USA
Thu 6:40 PM Ashland Street Cinema buy tickets
Sun 6:40 PM Ashland Street Cinema RUSH
Synopsis
A chronicle of the world premiere of Michael Gordon’s Natural History, an original score inspired by and performed at Crater Lake. Britt Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams leads a large ensemble of classical musicians and traditional Klamath drummers. A fascinating blend of Klamath Tribes’ history and customs, intercut with Peter Britt’s photography and its notable effect on Crater Lake preservation, accompany the majestic music and its breathtaking setting. 
Director’s Statement

When I heard about the Britt Festival’s plan to commission an original orchestral score and perform it at the edge of Crater Lake, I knew it would be an extraordinarily cinematic way to explore the relationships between music, nature, and human beings. I’m thrilled that the movie offers a unique perspective on the drum music of the Klamath tribes and their intense spiritual relationship to Crater Lake, known to them as “giiwas.” 
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