"I’d never imagined such intensity, such single-mindedness:
their total focus on getting upstream to create new life,
and their utter obliviousness to everything else
— to their dead or dying relatives,
to other species who might prey upon them..."
David Abram on salmon return in Creaturely Migrations on a Breathing Planet
We're currently working animation and final edit on the film for the core RIGHTWORK character profile about rivers and mothers featuring Southern Resident orca, salmon, grizzly, human mothers, child refugees, and more.
“To be loved means to be recognized as existing.”
Thich Nhat Hanh in conversation with Oprah
Global in scope and centered in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, THE LONELIEST DREAM is a sweeping glance at severed or strained connections and consequences thereof, including neglected needs, pollution (disease and infertility), and violence (murder and forced displacement).
THE LONELIST DREAM follows the storyline of MISCARRIAGE, a poem written by Meg (Megan Hollingsworth) in 2015 during a month's witness with Pacific ocean, whales, and the mothering culture. The poem documents the loss of Rhapsody, a Southern Resident orca who died December 4, 2014 with a dead baby in her womb. Numbers in the storyline (MISCARRIAGE) have been edited three times accounting for one successful birth (January 2019) and several deaths among Southern Resident orca. Like many human mothers, Southern Residents suffer a lethal combination of environmental pollution and malnutrition.
The finished film, 5.5 to 7 minutes long, will be released with a wealth of web content that directs attention to in-the-world problem solving, bond mending, and “bridge” building.
Illustrations by Page Biersdorff. Music by Johnny Bennett and Clare Hedin.
From our director 2.7.2019:
I’ve received feedback that the initial film trailer is vague.
This is intentional. In part, because content from the storied poem, once released online, appeared in a promotional for a different project that I’d reached to with interest in collaboration. That collaboration did not happen and the content was used without attribution. This is one of several examples in my experience publishing online and seeking collaboration since producing VIRGIN.
The failed collaborations likely due to trying to belong with and where I don’t, my own introspective and solitary nature, and my attempt to push forward with the project work when what I really needed at the time (2013/2014) was a supportive community to help guide me through my healing process. (I reflected on this during an Extinction Grief & Creativity forum call: here).
And, the use of content and ideas sans attribution quite natural since it is in dialogue with one another that we are turned on, that we become, that our expression is either enriched or diminished. We integrate into ourselves what we see, read, and hear. As Michael Stone says, “We are made of each other.” The same is true of what we make. Whatever anyone produces is born of “interbeing” (Thich Nhat Hanh) with the credit ultimately to the divine spark.
Nonetheless, it’s important that we do our best to respect one another’s efforts in time and energy. Particularly within the context of a socioeconomic system that requires us to profit of what we make in order to survive. Plagiarism—treating others as if they do not matter and do not exist—is not only unkind but potentially lethal within the context of such as capitalism.
So, setting boundaries with social media and all of my offerings, I’m releasing content in baby steps as I feel comfortable. And greatly appreciate respect for my process and the investment here for what it’s worth. With thanks to generous supporters and loads of volunteer labor, thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours have gone into THE LONELIEST DREAM alone. We’ve tapped our capacities for volunteerism and greatly appreciate any and all help toward this production, which we believe will be of collective benefit.
The storyline of THE LONELIEST DREAM and larger vision of RIGHTWORK is available to supporters and collaborators. Please be in touch if you would like to collaborate on the film or RIGHTWORK on the whole and/or donate toward the finish.
Many thanks and much love,