This 39th annual NW Filmmakers’ Festival isn’t just about new films from regional makers. In addition to all the new fare available for audiences to enjoy in this year’s program, there’s a special 50th anniversary engagement of Pollution in Paradise, an historical document that serves as a precursor to Oregon’s deep history of environmental concern and action. Produced in 1962 by Tom Dargan for KGW-TV, the documentary, written and narrated by then journalist Tom McCall (with assistance by Rick Ross), focuses on the environmental degradation that was threatening to overtake Oregon’s natural riches.
Coming half a decade before McCall dedicated his governorship to creating environmental and socially-conscious policies that are still with us to this day, the film stands as a testament to Oregon’s place as a founder in the current environmental movement. Beyond that, Pollution in Paradise is a time capsule, allowing audiences a glimpse of our state as it was half a century ago, at a time when the natural beauty of Oregon’s landscapes were, perhaps, taken more for granted than they are now.
Pollution in Paradise screens at the 39th NW Filmmakers Festival on Wednesday, November 14th at 7pm.