With no prior video experience, this is where it all began. Place Based Media’s humble roots. The making of this film and the ensuing journey fundamentally challenged who we were in every way, and, as so many clearly know, there is no going back. After several years of going down some deep rabbit holes to process all we had been through, it is all starting to make sense. Stay tuned.
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 (literally “Life-Place”).
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“What a beautiful and satisfying film from every perspective. Rather than being a film that intends to exhort or encourage people to action or change, Occupied Cascadia is rather a bold statement that the consciousness of Post-Petroleum Human has arrived, is flourishing and is securely rooted in the human experience. The photography and editing is some of the best I have ever seen and the score is Oscar quality.
The cast, including my good friends Derrick Jensen and Charles Eisenstein, is a pantheon of super articulate, clear, awake and powerful eloquence that resonates more like a victory speech than a campaign stop. Cascadia has played a huge role in nurturing my career and life path and I will always feel deep connection there. Occupied Cascadia cements one central concept as an anchor for the future of our species and our planet: Bioregional “government” will be the foundational starting point for our relationship with each other, with all life on the planet and throughout the universe.
Speaking as an elder in the sustainability/transition movement, I am well-gratified to see this much progress displayed by so many brilliant, awake and loving women and men, in such a superbly crafted vehicle. The film documents the reaching of a major milestone in the evolution of human consciousness.”
- Author: Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil”; and “Confronting Collapse”
- Star: “Collapse” (2009, Bluemark Films)