Join Rogue Climate at the Ashland Independent Film Festival for two screenings of "The Reluctant Radical". After each screening there will be a talk back with director Lindsey Grayzel, featured activist Ken Ward, and organizers from Rogue Climate who work on the campaign to stop the proposed Pacific
Connector fracked gas pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal in southern Oregon.
If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? "The Reluctant Radical" follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.
"The Reluctant Radical" features activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law as a last resort and with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. After twenty years leading environmental organizations, Ken becomes increasingly alarmed by both the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for civilization as we know it. Ken pushes for a crisis level response and when his efforts fail, he embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool to deal with catastrophic circumstances. THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows Ken for a year and a half through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action to shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. 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. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling prospect that we are collectively destroying our world.
Check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/248062039
Tickets go on sale for film festival members on March 26 and to the general public on April 1.