Newport, OR – THE RELUCTANT RADICAL documentary will premiere at the Newport Performing Arts Center as part of the Bijou Theatre Newport Film Series, with FREE ADMISSION made possible by sponsors. The screenings will be held on Sunday, July 22 and Monday, July 23 at 7pm.
THE RELUCTANT RADICAL is a documentary film that follows activist and Oregon resident Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry in an effort to combat climate change. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling– even if that means breaking the law. Audiences may not always agree with Ken’s actions, but his perspective and urgency promotes discussion and introspection about whether any of us are doing what is needed to avert the environmental catastrophe at our doorstep.
THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows Ken through a series of direct actions intended to stave off climate change, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. As the resulting trial that threatens to put him behind bars for 20 years unfolds, we are asked to consider: If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary?
Director Lindsey Grayzel was one of four independent filmmakers to be arrested and charged with crimes for filming the activists on October 11, 2016. The filmmakers’ arrests contributed to the alarm that press freedom and First Amendment rights have increasingly come under attack as law enforcement and prosecutors favor corporate fossil fuel interests over citizens’ rights.
Following the screenings, director Lindsey Grayzel and the subject of the film, Ken Ward, will participate in a discussion with the audience.
THE RELUCTANT RADICAL screenings in Newport are presented as part of the Bijou Theater Newport Film Series, with support from Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation, and an anonymous donor.