The Portland EcoFilm Festival's Earth Day weekend celebration and 350PDX present:

The Reluctant Radical


Saturday, April 21  | 7:30 pm | PORTLAND FILM PREMIERE

*Due to demand, we've added an encore screening of the film on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:30 pm!

Film Director/Producer Lindsey Grayzel, Co-Producer Deia Schlosberg and film subject/climate activist Ken Ward in attendance for post-film discussion!

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? THE RELUCTANT RADICAL is an intimate portrait of climate activist Ken Ward. Ken breaks the law as a last resort and with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. The film follows Ken through a series of civil disobedience direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. Facing 20 years in prison for his actions, the film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling. 

Directed by Lindsey Grayzel | 2018 | US | 77 MINS.


Event admission includes a pre-film music set by The Road Sodas (also featured in the film) and a post-film Q & A, followed by a party at Columbia River Brewing.

 The Road Sodas

The Road Sodas

Hailing from the rainforests and clearcuts of the Oregon coast range, the The Road Sodas mission is to create music that weaves deeply personal narratives with radical politics, and to inspire people to take action. Michael Gaskill and Meredith Cocks are longtime environmental activists whose passion for a better world is matched only by their love of a good squaredance. Find their album, There May Be Hope, available for free through through their website,

Due to demand, we've added an encore screening of the film on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:30 pm! This encore screening will include a post-film Q & A with filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel and film subject Ken Ward.

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