Occupied Cascadia


Occupied Cascadia is a documentary film both journalistic and expressionistic. Exploring the emerging understanding of bioregionalism within the lands and waters of the Northeast Pacific Rim, the filmmakers interweave intimate landscape portraits with human voices both ideological and indigenous. Stories from the land contrast critique of dominant culture, while an embrace of the radical unknown informs a re-birthed and growing culture of resistance. Filming began during the outset of the populist “Occupy” movement, and finished by joining the voices seeking to re-contextualize popular revolt within our life-world as a movement to decolonize, un-occupy, and re-inhabit the living Earth through deep understanding and identification with our specific bioregions (literally “Life-Place”).

We have released a director’s cut, more or less, but please stay tuned for more!

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What a beautiful and satisfying film from every perspective. Rather than being a film that intends to exhort or
encourage people to action or change, Occupied Cascadia is rather a bold statement that the consciousness
of Post-Petroleum Human has arrived, is flourishing and is securely rooted in the human experience. The
photography and editing is some of the best I have ever seen and the score is Oscar quality.

The cast, including my good friends Derrick Jensen and Charles Eisenstein, is a pantheon of super-articulate,
clear, awake and powerful eloquence that resonates more like a victory speech than a campaign stop.
Cascadia has played a huge role in nurturing my career and life path and I will always feel deep connection
there. Occupied Cascadia cements one central concept as an anchor for the future of our species and our planet:
Bioregional “government” will be the foundational starting point for our relationship with each other, with all
life on the planet and throughout the universe.

Speaking as an elder in the sustainanbility/transition movement, I am well-gratified to see this much progress
displayed by so many brilliant, awake and loving women and men, in such a superbly crafted vehicle. The film
documents the reaching of a major milestone in the evolution of human consciousness.

Michael C. Ruppert

Author: Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil”;
and “Confronting Collapse”

Star: “Collapse” (2009, Bluemark Films)

  1. Ryan Brooks Leslie Reply

    Can I purchase the soundrack?

    • admin Reply

      Yes! The music was a combo of original score and cellist Zoe Keating. The album was Into the Trees. She generously gave us permission to use this, so supporting musicians like this is crucial.

  2. Henke Reply


    This is by far one of the most important pieces of documentaries I have ever seen.
    Thank you so much to all involved both behind and infronf of the cameras.

    Just as Ryan I was also very taken by the music in this documentary.

    Thank you,

  3. Charles Baer Reply

    I just watched a movie called CASCADIA here in bend oregon usa . great movie . made by mel sweet and devin hess . great people . loved it . http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TL_YaGWFTGc

  4. Matt Reply

    Hello sir ! I will be very grateful if you can provide me the transcript of the movie (or subtitle) in english, in order to translate it into Romanian.

    • admin Reply

      We have not gotten a transcript of this yet, but this is the second request. I will reach out once complete!

      • Evan Skallerud Reply

        I’m trying to find a transcript myself. I’m trying to find a quote that I think was in this. do you remember a quote along the lines of “you can’t change the system from the inside, you can’t change the system from the outside, only revolution can change the system” I’m desperately trying to track it down. I’ve skimmed through this and another documentary I watched yesterday but I can’t find it. Google is no help either…

        • admin Reply

          There is not yet a transcript of this film. Unfortunately that quote is not in this film, but at least that narrows it down for you! I wish you the best of luck finding it!

  5. Corvia Reply

    Thank You Ever So Much for your work – and for creating a vehicle that encapsulates what I have been trying to communicate to many for 24 years now. Will be donating because I appreciate you’re taking this chance and doing this work. Will forward YouTube version to hordes of family trying to get them onboard.

    HOWEVER ~ PLEASE do not send any of my paltry contribution to the idiots (and thieves???) at Vimeo. Am running updated Opera & Flash on updated Win7 OS. Can’t see ANY Vimeo videos and **will not waste my day trying to figure out how to make their product work.**

    • admin Reply

      Thank you so much for your words. We genuinely appreciate all efforts in helping get these conversations out there. To the land and waters!

  6. alejandro Reply

    Hi, do you have subtitles in english??, in order to translate into spanish.

    • admin Reply

      We have heard the requests and now have someone working on this! More to come…

    • Cameron Reply

      Alejandro, I would love to help with translation or editing if you would like it.

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