Letter: Clyde theater shows month of inspiring movies


The Clyde Theater has scheduled a real treat over the month. Recently, our local movie house presented the first of four weekly Wed-Thurs screenings of documentaries by local filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin.

For over 30 years Mark and Melissa have worked as Moving Images, focusing on communities and causes from both Puget Sound country and around the world. Mark and Melissa have a view of social justice and environmental sanity that highlights the best actions of the people in their stories.

I recently saw “Shift Change,” about worker co-ops large and small, and what a new, workable economy might look like. Like many of their films, PBS selected it for national broadcast soon after it was released. Of all their films, my favorite is “Good Food,” a thoughtful and inspiring review of sustainable food and farming in the Northwest, which will be shown on March 29 and 30, along with “Net Loss,” a critique of salmon “farming” in Northwest waters.

For many of us, the series highlight could be next week’s Ever Green, their newest film, which chronicles the decades of work close to home by WEAN, the Whidbey Environmental Action Network.

The final week, April 5-6, has two films about the people of Argentina, their efforts to survive economically, “Hope in Hard Times,” and preserve democracy, “Don’t Give Up Your Voice.”

Each night has at least one film that PBS selected for nationally broadcast. All of them will be here on the Clyde’s big screen. This is really a fine opportunity to see quality work by local artists, right here in the comfort of downtown Langley.

John Lee