RESIST: Unist’ot’en Film Screening and Fundraiser

Tuesday, July 29 at 19:00 – 20:30
Clinton Street Theater (SE 26th & Clinton | Portland, OR)
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 The Rosehip Medic Collective is co-sponsoring a film screening and presentation covering the resistance of the Unist’ot’en Clan in Northern British Columbia to exploitative industries, including tar sands, shale gas, the Pacific Trails and other pipelines. Following the film Portland Rising Tide will host speakers from the region in person and via Skype to speak about their experiences. The screening happens at a time of critical need as the Unist’ot’en Camp is under threat of eviction by the Canadian state. Please come join us for a fundraiser to support them! It will be a suggested sliding scale $10 donation with nobody turned away for lack of funds. .

The Unist’oten’s Call to the Land is a short documentary that was filmed in the summer of 2013 on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory, 1000 km north of Vancouver in northern BC (western Canada) over the duration of the fourth annual Environmental Action Camp, hosted by the Unist’ot’en (C’ihlts’ehkhyu/Big Frog) Clan.

The focus of the film is on the Camp as a year-round resistance to exploitative industry, and what it represents in relation to indigenous sovereignty and the environmental, legal, and social issues surrounding pipeline projects in British Columbia. The short film documents one of the most important resistance camps in North America at this time.

WHY WE SUPPORT THIS:

The Rosehips desire to continue expanding our focus with support for communities preparing and surviving both chronic and acute disasters. As resilient First Nations peoples, the Unist’ot’en exist at the juncture of hundreds of years of colonization and the prospect of multiple new energy extraction and export projects—continuing a pattern of environmental racism that destroys communal identity, raises incidence of chronic illness like asthma and cancer, and poisons collective resources. Use of these fuels will contribute massively to climate change—bringing more intense and frequent disasters to people around the globe.

By supporting this event, the Rosehips hope to learn more about and substantively support this kind of resistance and continue building relationships with climate and environmental justice campaigns in our region.

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2ND ROUND: Auditions for Faultline Ensemble’s New Performance

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Faultline, a new ensemble of experimental performers and healthcare workers, is holding auditions for our new devised work about disaster and community health. This project is created in partnership with the Rosehip Medic Collective (www.rosehipmedics.org).

The performance is set during a fictional post-disaster Portland, and takes place inside a makeshift shelter where a damaged community must survive without emergency medical services. As neighbors turn to one another for support, stories are shared that question the nature of disaster response, the accessibility of our healthcare system, and our own abilities to care for one another in the face of crisis.

Roles:

Jude: Gay man raised in conservative, rural Eastern Washington. Has
poorly-managed diabetes due to lack of financial access to care, low
health literacy, and fear of homophobic healthcare workers. Survivor of
domestic violence and several codependent relationships. Devoted to
Portland, his new home. Understated, quirky sense of humor.

Scott: Gay man born and raised in Portland, horrified by the
gentrification he sees taking root around him and pushing his family out.
Responsible, together, and manages much of his partner Jude’s healthcare.
First partner of Jude’s to help manage his care in a way that is
supportive rather than controlling. Not afraid to speak his mind.

Andrew: Straight man who has moved to Portland to raise his family.
Married with three children. Former paramedic who developed vicarious
trauma and the beginnings of PTSD before dropping out of the emergency
medical profession. Angry, opinionated, and vocal about it, but capable of
sudden moments of softness and understanding.

Auditions: July 13th, from 6:30-9pm at the Headwaters Theater. Email
Taiga312@gmail.com to reserve a time slot. Please prepare a memorized 1
minute monologue, and be prepared to read from the script with a short
amount of prep time.

New performers, people of color and queer/LBGT individuals strongly encouraged. Roles for a wide variety of ages, including several for middle-aged and late middle-aged performers.

Performers are expected to be comfortable working with a diverse group of new and experienced performers, in an anti-oppressive space that is queer positive, antiracist and where oppressive behavior will be recognized and addressed.

Time commitment: Rehearsals will begin the last week of August. Performers must be available for weekday evening and weekend rehearsals throughout September and October, including all evenings and weekend days October 12th-17th.

Performances will be held the weekends of October 18th & 25th.

Performers need to be available for occasional script development meetings in July, as character roles are adapted to the performers cast. There will also be space for greater creative involvement in editing and finalizing of the script, for interested performers.

Pay: This project is funded by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Roles pay a small stipend ($100-$200 depending on role and hence time commitment), and a lot of fun, discussion and growth as we explore these issues together.

Feel free to email with any questions. Thanks and please spread the word!

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