The Maine Woods

A Publication of the Forest Ecology Network

 Volume Five     Number Two                           Late Fall 2001

TREE-SIT: the Art of Resistance
by James Ficklin ("Duff") of Earth Films and Headwaters Action Video Collective

 This controversial new documentary takes place amidst the redwood rainforest of Humboldt County where brave young activists have taken the art of resistance to new heights. Perched in the high canopy of imperiled ancient forests for extended periods of time, activists such as Julia Butterfly Hill (and dozens of others you've never heard of), have used civil disobedience to slow down the chainsaws and make the world aware of the destruction going on. This is the inside story that sets the context for this modern day myth. From the struggle to "Save Headwaters Forest", to the assassination attempt of Judi Bari, to the pepper spray torture of young activists, to the establishment of permanent "tree-villages" hundreds of feet up; this film is historical, exhilarating, informative, and intense. The soundtrack combines powerful drum & bass electronica, with tribal, pagan folk music. Native Americans, rural residents, loggers, scientists, fisherman, and government agents all voice their opinions and concerns about the forests and the interrelated issues such as salmon decline, mudslides, flooding, herbicide spraying, labor issues and the globalization of corporate capitalism. The film features Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Woody Harrelson and Mickey Hart.

For further information contact:  

Earth Films

Headwaters Action Video Collective


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