HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT is a spellbinding and visually stunning account of environmentalism, obsession, and myth set in the Pacific Northwest. It chronicles one man’s resolute struggle to reconcile what he regarded as an intolerable and conspiratorial affront – not just to the land, but to humanity as well. Based on John Vaillant’s award-winning book ‘The Golden Spruce,’ the film covers the events that led up to the infamous destruction of an extraordinary 300-year-old tree held sacred by the indigenous Haida nation of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.
Grant Hadwin, a logging engineer and formidable survivalist, lived and worked happily for many years in BC’s remote and ancient forests. But witnessing the devastation wrought by clear-cutting finally drove him to commit what some would say was an extraordinary and perverse act, one that ran contrary to all he had come to value.
A compelling hybrid of drama and documentary, HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT interweaves speculation, myth and reality to explore the possible motives for Hadwin’s unprecedented crime and the consequences of his actions. The film charts his emotional crusade against the destruction of the world’s last great temperate rainforest, a crusade that ends tragically with a mystery – and a prophetic warning – that seal Hadwin’s fate as both madman an visionary.
Saturday, May 7
Doors 2:00 pm | Movie 2:30 pm
Online tickets available by clicking HERE
Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door
*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
“Gorgeously photographed, compulsively watchable, and deeply sympathetic.” (The Globe & Mail)
“A visual wonder, creating a mythic power for the forest and the man alike.” (On-Line Film Critics Society)
VIMFF (Winner; Best Canadian Film)
Canadian Screen Award (Nominated; Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Cinematography)
HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT (Sasha Snow, 2015 / 87 mins) | Environmental documentary based on John Vaillant’s ‘The Golden Spruce,’ covering events that led up to the infamous destruction of a 300-year-old tree held sacred by the indigenous Haida nation of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.