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Oregon Industry

DOCUMENTARIES

BY: DOUG BALDWIN (PAGE 56)

Shaking the seed! On location with SEED: The Untold Story.

Long before the 1922 Nanook of the North, you could come to fisticuffs trying to reach an agreement over what a documentary actually is. But there’s no argument that Oregon’s documentarians create both informational and provocative films.

Beth Rodden: A Complete Life (working title) Yosemite National Park provided the backdrop for this six-and-a-half minute documentary about Beth Rodden, a noted American rock climber. Central Oregon residents and co-directors Graham Zimmerman and Jim Aikman of Bedrock Film Works (page 43) chronicle the success of Rodden’s climbing career, her experiences of kidnapping and injury, and ultimately her arrival at a life defined by love rather than fear.

Upcoming movie of climbing expert Beth Rodden. Director Sean Marc Nipper takes you on a journey of how one horse can be transformed through chiropractic care. Photo courtesy of Penny Barreras/Reel House Films.

Seed: The Untold Story In the last century, 94 percent of the world’s seed varieties have disappeared. Seed: The Untold Story follows the farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous communities who aim to protect our 12,000-year-old food legacy. With assistance from the audio gurus at Digital One (page 91), Portland directors Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel of Collective Eye Films have fashioned a 94-minute documentary in the form of a David-and-Goliath battle against the large chemical companies that now control the majority of our food.

Life, Adjusted Ashland director and Southern Oregon Film and Media member Sean Marc Nipper of Reel House Films tackled the topic of chiropractic medicine, creating a profile of Dr. Jay Komarek, described as “one of the most gifted chiropractors of our time.” For over 30 years, Dr. Jay has been adjusting not only people but also horses. The 65-minute film gives a visual and sentimental portrayal of how the lives of both a human and a severely traumatized horse are transformed through chiropractic care.  SourceOregon 2017 | A Publication of the OMPA  35

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