"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), forced displacement, and extermination.
THE LONELIEST DREAM follows the storyline of MISCARRIAGE, a poem written by Megan (Meg) 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 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 thanks to their location in/near heavy industrial activity and their limited food choices. THE LONELIEST DREAM considers barriers, including cultural tradition and violent competition, that perpetuate a failure to thrive and shorten the life expectancy among these mothers and babes.
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.