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Big Trees

  • Hollywood Theatre 4122 Northeast Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR, 97212 United States (map)

Filmmaker/writer Arthur Bradford hosts an evening of media about the virtues of big trees!

Special guest Arthur Bradford is an O. Henry Award-winning, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and MOTH Grandslam winner. His latest book, "Turtleface and Beyond," comes out in paperback in November. He is currently shooting a feature-length documentary about Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of "South Park" and "The Book Of Mormon" musical. He is a founding member and president of Save The Giants, a non-profit formed a year ago to save a stand of giant sequoias in Portland from unnecessary destruction and turn the land instead into a public space to showcase the trees, Save The Giants Park.

A portion of this show's ticket sales will be donated to the Save The Giants Park.

SAVING THE GIANTS- a presentation by Arthur Bradford

In 2015, developer Everett Custom Homes sought to cut three giant sequoias down to make room for one large house. The local community took a stand, asking if this really was the best way to develop our city. Citizens from all over the Portland and beyond joined the struggle, defying arrest to protect the trees from chainsaw crews on two occasions. Finally, a solution was brokered. That solution is called Save the Giants Park.  The park will serve as a monument to a time when people cared enough to affect change.  In creating this public space, the Park seek to share the beauty and mystery of giant trees within an urban boundary.


Gordon Hempton is an Emmy Award-winning nature sound recordist and acoustic ecologist. For most of his life, he has traveled around the world in search of sound - but in recent years, and ever-increasing intrusion of noise pollution from human activity has interfered with his work. This short documentary is about Gordon, his work, and his thoughts about the epidemic extinction of quiet places.


A short cinematic piece which delves into the intimate relationship between humanity, trees and wood.


In the sub-panel rainforests of the Republic of South Africa, lives a tribe of the shortest people on Earth: the Baka pygmies. To live, they have relied on the gifts of the forest they are an integral part of, but their traditional way of life is changing under pressure imposed by "Big World" culture.