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The Reluctant Radical ()


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THE RELUCTANT RADICAL features activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.

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Ken Ward ...
Ken Ward

Directed by

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Lindsey Grayzel ... (as Lindsey Goodwin-Grayzel)

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Lindsey Grayzel ... producer (as Lindsey Goodwin-Grayzel)
Deia Schlosberg ... co-producer

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Mark Orton

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Lindsey Grayzel ... (as Lindsey Goodwin-Grayzel)

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Sam Curtis ... sound mixer
Scott Doran ... boom operator
Michael 'Gonzo' Gandsey ... re-recording mixer / sound designer / sound editor
Jesse Nordhausen ... sound mixer
Brett Rothfeld ... dialogue editor / music editor

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Charles Conatzer ... additional photography
Carl Davis ... camera operator
Scott Doran ... additional photography
Kerribeth Elliott ... additional photography
Ben Grayzel ... camera operator
Lindsey Grayzel ... camera operator (as Lindsey Goodwin-Grayzel)
Courtney Hermann ... additional photography
Trip Jennings ... additional photography
Casey Kanode ... additional photography
Steve Liptay ... additional photography
Sara Quinn ... additional photography
Deia Schlosberg ... camera operator

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Andy Adkins ... animator

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Eric E. Phillips ... composer assistant (as Eric Phillips)

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Rose Madrone ... production assistant
Conrad M. Shaw ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? THE RELUCTANT RADICAL features activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law as a last resort and with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. After twenty years leading environmental organizations, Ken becomes increasingly alarmed by both the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for civilization as we know it. Ken pushes for a crisis level response and when his efforts fail, he embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool to deal with catastrophic circumstances. THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows Ken for a year and a half through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action to shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. 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. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling prospect that we are collectively destroying our world. Written by Lindsey Grayzel

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  • The Reluctant Radical (United States)
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  • 77 min
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Quotes Ken Ward: Either you're for burning fossil fuels and ending the world, or you're against it. Which is it?
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