Occupied Cascadia is a documentary film both journalistic and expressionistic. Exploring the emerging understanding of bioregionalism within the lands and waters of the Northeast Pacific Rim, the filmmakers interweave intimate landscape portraits with human voices both ideological and indigenous. Stories from the land contrast critique of dominant culture, while an embrace of the radical unknown informs a re-birthed and growing culture of resistance. Filming began during the outset of the populist “Occupy” movement, and finished by joining the voices seeking to re-contextualize popular revolt within our life-world as a movement to decolonize, un-occupy, and re-inhabit the living Earth through deep understanding and identification with our specific bioregions.
Cascadia Matters is a grass roots organization made up by a collective effort of writers, artists, educators and media activists. They aim to highlight the emerging ideas, struggles and times of the Cascadia bioregion and beyond. In order to effectively provide clean air and clean water for future generations, our attention must not only shift towards the bioregions of the Pacific Northwest, but also towards stopping corrosive agendas within them. The diverse voices throughout this land have forged the way for many movements and there is a growing necessity to inspire a unified culture of resistance. This film promotes that dialogue through bioregional awareness.
This specific campaign is of the utmost importance in starting the dialog needed to confront the dominate culture in our effort to move towards true sustainability. They will be traveling throughout the bioregion, as far as the funds raised will take us. To these ends Cascadia Matters is working on a fundraiser to help put together a Pacific Northwest film screening tour in cities throughout Cascadia. Those who would like to support this idea should donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/occupiedcascadia.
The film will be screening on October 6th at 7pm in Tower Theater, Bend OR. Updates will continue to be posted here as we get more information about their developing film tour: Time: Sat, Oct 6th, 7pm Place: Tower Theater 835 NW Wall Street Bend, OR More info at http://cascadiamatters.org.