Clearcut (film)

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Directed by Ryszard Bugajski
Produced by Ian McDougall
Stephen J. Roth
Written by novel M.T. Kelly
writer Robert Forsyth
Starring Graham Greene
Tom Jackson
Music by Shane Harvey
Cinematography François Protat
Edited by Michael Rea
Cinexus Capital Corporation
Distributed by Northern Arts Entertainment
Release date
9 July 1992 (Germany)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Clearcut is a 1991 Canadian drama film about clearcutting in a Canadian province. This motion picture stars Graham Greene, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Tom Jackson, and Raoul Trujillo. It is directed by Ryszard Bugajski. The filming location was in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Phil Harris who is best known as the voice of Baloo in Disney's 1967 animated film The Jungle Book was cast in this movie as a policeman.


The movie begins and ends as a spirit, known in the movie as Arthur (Greene) enters, and descends back into the world from the water. Then the movie shows an airplane carrying a passenger to an Indian reserve, where they're blockading construction/forestry equipment from clearcutting on Indian land. We later realize that the individual was a lawyer representing the tribe whose land is going to be clearcut and the protesters are angered at the lawyer losing the case & the lawyer came to discuss an appeals process. Wilf (Westerman) is introduced at this time & then he in turn introduces Arthur, who also kidnaps the logging company's general manager, and the four take off through the woods where Arthur "instructs" them in listening to Mother Earth. Surrealistic, in its entirety, throughout the movie you're taken for a ride that will take you through many thought provoking scenes. In particular where Wilf describes Washakeajack, the Indian trickster.


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