The Environmental Protection Information Center will host a film screening of Tree-Sit The Art of Resistance on Thursday, April 7th from 6-9pm at the Arcata Playhouse. Tree-Sit is an inspirational film that documents the North Coast environmental movement that led up to the Redwood Summer era and efforts to protect some of the last old-growth redwood forests on the planet, including the famous old growth tree that was named “Luna,” a tree-sit that was occupied by Julia Butterfly Hill.
After the movie, film-maker James Ficklin and other cast members will hold a discussion regarding past and current forest protection efforts. Beer, wine and snacks will be available. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 or $5 for students.
About the film from 1999:
TREE-SIT The Art of Resistance
A film by James Ficklin (120 min.)
Music by Sean Andrews, Nedd Mud, Black Fire, Jim Page, Casey Neil , Land of the Blind
This controversial documentary takes place amidst the redwood rainforest of Humboldt County where a ragged band of young activists have taken the art of resistance to new heights. Surrounded by clearcuts while perched in the high canopy of ancient forests for extended periods of time, activists such as Julia Butterfly Hill (and dozens of others), have used creative, non-violent, direct action and civil disobedience to slow down the chainsaws and bring attention to the destruction of old growth forests.
A powerful, poignant look inside the Earth First! movement in Humboldt County. Here is the inside story that sets the context for this modern day myth. From the struggle to “Save Headwaters Forest; the assassination attempt of Judi Bari; the pepper spray torture of young activists; to the establishment of permanent “tree-villages” hundreds of feet up; and culminating in the WTO protests on the tear-gassed filled streets of Seattle, this film is historical, exhilarating, informative, and intense!
The soundtrack combines cutting edge “Drum & Bass” electronica, with tribal, pagan folk music. Balance is provided by Native Americans, Rural residents, Loggers, Scientists, Fisherman, and Government agents who all voice their opinions and concerns about the forest and interrelated issues such as Salmon decline, mudslides, flooding, herbicide spraying, labor issues and the globalization of corporate capitalism. Featuring Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Woody Harrelson and Mickey Hart.