For this film, virgin is used in the original sense:
“Virgin was a label of strength and independence by being used to describe the goddesses who were immune to the temptations of Dionysus, Greek god of seduction and wine. Virginity was once a term of power.” ~Palo Alto Medical Foundation
is about RECLAIMING
our HIGHEST TRAITS
Sexual energy is creative energy ~ ecstasy ~ in its pure form. Early childhood sexual abuse and deforestation are violations of this energy that wound individuals and influence whole communities.
Those who speak for the protection of forests are rarely disconnected enough from living to suggest that trees are never to be cut. We simply request an ethos of respect grounded in an intuitive practice of discernment that accounts for the life of every tree and the whole forest community.
VIRGIN documents healing ceremonies in redwood forests of California, using poetry and song to convey a message of compassion for the perpetrator and victim in all of us.
I chose the title VIRGIN during my own healing process, as I discovered physical and emotional boundaries I’d never before claimed and considered how we use virgin as a term for intact, old growth forest.
a short bit on life with Clare Hedin, Suellen Primost, and Megan Hollingsworth; footage from VIRGIN.
copyright Tree Ring Productions & ex•tinc•tion wit•ness
This short film of Feral Theatre’s ‘Funeral for Lost Species’ shows highlights from the performance and sculpture installation at St Peter’s Church, Brighton Fringe Festival, May 2011. Many artists contributed to this innovative exploration of extinction and ecological grief, in which audiences and participants engaged on a visceral and emotional level with humankind’s power to destroy and create. feraltheatre.co.uk
Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow feature film captures extraordinary moments of contact between people and animals as seen through the lens of the artist’s camera on more than thirty expeditions to some of the earth’s most remote places. Written, directed, produced, and filmed by Gregory Colbert, it is a poetic field study that depicts the world not as it is, but as it might be—a world in which the natural and artificial boundaries separating humans from other species do not exist. The viewing experience is one of wonder and contemplation, serenity, and hope.
Edited by two-time Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia; narrated by actors Laurence Fishburne (English), Enrique Roche (Spanish), and Ken Watanabe (Japanese). Musical collaborators include Michael Brook, David Darling, Heiner Goebbels, Lisa Gerrard, Lukas Foss, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Djivan Gasparyan.
this introduces ex•tinc•tion wit•ness, a collaborative art project inviting us to pause and gather in response to the present mass extinction.
we welcome artists, philanthropists, and all.
we’re currently raising funds to support our first major production VIRGIN. please see dana.io/extinction-witness.org
and a brief on VIRGIN here on Vimeo vimeo.com/96578598
love and light
features the poem ‘if only because they are beautiful’ by Megan Hollingsworth
photo of lion by Wildnis Photography Stories
sound recording by Missoula Soundworks
with gratitude to Panthera for all they do to protect big cats