Loading Events

« All Events

The Reluctant Radical – July 22

July 22 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

THE RELUCTANT RADICAL will premiere in Newport at the Performing Arts Center on July 22 and 23 as part of the Bijou Theatre Newport Film Series. Admission is FREE and the filmmaker and film subject will attend in person for a post-film Q&A each night.

Newport, OR – THE RELUCTANT RADICAL documentary will premiere at the Newport Performing Arts Center as part of the Bijou Theatre Newport Film Series, with FREE ADMISSION made possible by sponsors. The screenings will be held on Sunday, July 22 and Monday, July 23 at 7pm.

Following the screenings, director Lindsey Grayzel and the subject of the film, Ken Ward, will participate in a discussion with the audience.

THE RELUCTANT RADICAL is a documentary film that follows activist and Oregon resident Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry in an effort to combat climate change. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling– even if that means breaking the law. Audiences may not always agree with Ken’s actions, but his perspective and urgency promotes discussion and introspection about whether any of us are doing what is needed to avert the environmental catastrophe at our doorstep.

THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows Ken through a series of direct actions intended to stave off climate change, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. As the resulting trial that threatens to put him behind bars for 20 years unfolds, we are asked to consider: If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary?

Director Lindsey Grayzel was one of four independent filmmakers to be arrested and charged with crimes for filming the activists on October 11, 2016. The filmmakers’ arrests contributed to the alarm that press freedom and First Amendment rights have increasingly come under attack as law enforcement and prosecutors favor corporate fossil fuel interests over citizens’ rights.

THE RELUCTANT RADICAL screenings in Newport are presented as part of the Bijou Theater Newport Film Series, with support from Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation, and an anonymous donor.


“There are many fronts in the vast climate fight; this film highlights the personal struggles and victories of one daring path.”

Bill McKibben, Climate Advocate and Founder of 350.org


“He was told he was crazy, but crazy is sitting idly by as disaster for young people is knowingly locked in.”

Dr. James Hansen, Climate Scientist

“The film will disturb you, and that isn’t all bad. Sometimes we need to be shaken from our complacency to ponder anew what should be our response to the greatest crisis that human civilization has ever faced….Viewing ‘The Reluctant Radical’ in our faith communities may just create that opportunity. As Ward observes, ‘Direct action creates opportunities of moral clarity.’”

Terrance Gallagher, United Church of Christ

Further Information:

Download or embed the trailer:  https://vimeo.com/248062039

Press kit, images, and more at: https://www.thereluctantradicalmovie.com/

To request an interview or a screener link to write a review, contact:

Lindsey Grayzel, Director 503-740-9805





July 22
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Newport Performing Arts Center
777 W Olive St
Newport, OR 97365 United States
+ Google Map