PickaXe / Breaking the Spell / Miami Model
Three excellent documentary films: pickAxe, The Miami Model, and Breaking The Spell. PickaXe: An arsonist burns 9000 acres of protected old-growth public forest in Oregon that can not be logged unless it burns. To stop the proposed "salvage" logging of this incredible ancient forest, citizens are moved to blockade a road and keep the government out. After facing down a bulldozer and the State Police, the fort now known as the gateway to the Cascadia Free State becomes the focus for a developing community dedicated to protecting ancient forests throughout the mountains of Oregon. The film shows confrontations with disgruntled loggers, mass arrests and a 75 day hunger strike.
Breaking the Spell: Breaking the Spell is an hour-long look at the WTO and anarchists, especially those from Eugene, who went up, created a stir, and faced national media presence in the wake of the action that took place there. Featuring outstanding local musicians from folk to punk to hip-hop. Rather than attempting to cover every situation at the WTO, Breaking the Spell has several moving montage sequences combined with a few scenes that cover one or two situations in depth.
The Miami Model:Against the prescribed template of paramilitary oppression, information warfare, and profit above all values, activists converge in Miami to demonstrate grassroots resistance, creative action, and international solidarity—a clash between competing visions of globalization, soon to be known as the Miami Model. Indymedia activists shot hundreds of hours documenting the 2003 FTAA protests in Miami and shaped it into a documentary that cuts through the mass media blackout to reveal the brutal repression and assault on civil liberties that took place, as well as the inspiring alternatives to capitalist globalization that were also in full effect in Miami. [91 min.]Five Additional Short Films: Safetybike [3 min.] How to Turn a Bicycle into a Record Player (includes original version and new 21st century version) [13 min.] Auto Re-Vision (includes new commentary track by participants Mark, Etta & James) [26 min.] Join the Resistance, Fall in Love [17 min.] Why I Love Shoplifting From Big Corporations [5 min.] View information and video clips.