Pickaxe: the Cascadian Free State Story will be screened at the Arcata Theatre Lounge Monday, May 4 from 7-9pm.
Pickaxe is a documentary that follows a group of activists in their direct action efforts to stop post-fire logging of an old growth forest in Warner Creek, Willamette National Forest, blockading the logging road and repelling the State Police. After the film, activist and director, Tim Ream will be Skyped in to answer questions and discuss current efforts to protect old-growth forests in the Klamath National Forest from the Westside Timber Sale – one of the largest timber sales ever proposed in U.S. History.
As a bonus, a new short film about the Westside Post-fire Logging Proposal produced by local film-maker Abianne Prince will also screened. See the trailer below.
$5 suggested donation at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds.
The film shows confrontations with disgruntled loggers, mass arrests and a 75 day hunger strike. Back at Warner Creek activists build teepees and remain a living blockade on the logging road through the winter and ten feet of snow. Political pressure begins to shift and the White House promises a deal but not before Federal Agents come to bust the camp and destroy the fort. The story resolves with incredible footage of a mass jail break-in and unconditional victory for the forest. This inspiring documentary is two years in the making, and crafted from footage shot by more than two dozen people involved in the struggle to save Warner Creek. Principal photography and direction are by guerilla videographer Tim Lewis, award winner at WorldFest in 1998. Codirector/producer Tim Ream was involved in the action on and off the screen. Running Time: 95 minutes.