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Thu, Feb 09


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"Ever Green" Film Screening

EVER GREEN (30 min.), about community commitment to keep Whidbey Island a special place, and the important role played by Marianne Edain, Steve Erickson and the Whidbey Environmental Action Network [WEAN] to help make that happen.

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"Ever Green" Film Screening
"Ever Green" Film Screening

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Feb 09, 2023, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

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LANGLEY, WASH.—For almost 40 years, partners Marianne Edain and Steve Erickson have worked continually to retain the rural character and ecological diversity of Whidbey Island. Their influence has been profound, and their efforts are now the subject of a new documentary film, EVER GREEN, A Community Conservation Story.

Edain and Erickson, through their organization Whidbey Environmental Action Network [WEAN], have monitored county applications for development and logging; challenged projects that violate state environmental law and led the way in science-based environmental public policymaking. With citizens of communities up and down Whidbey Island, they have helped keep trees standing and protected sensitive island ecosystems.

The effects of their work have extended statewide as the legal precedents of their campaigns have been applied in other regions of Washington. On April 1, 2022, in response to a WEAN lawsuit, the Thurston County Superior Court ruled Washington State Parks cannot allow military training in state parks.

The lush, open fields of Greenbank Farm, forest trails of the Saratoga Woods, re-population of native plants at Pacific Rim Institute near Coupeville, and reduction of toxic roadside spraying are just a few of the results of WEAN’s work and its collaboration with other island groups. These long-term efforts have made a huge difference in retaining the rural character and intact ecosystems of the island for residents and visitors.

The local film, EVER GREEN, A Community Conservation Story, was produced by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young of Moving Images in Clinton WA. The filmmakers drew on compositions from Whidbey musicians as part of the background music for the film.


South Whidbey filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young of Moving Images have won prestigious awards from CINE, Houston, Columbus, Prix Leonardo, International Wildlife, Women in Film/Seattle, Chicago, NW Film and Video Festivals. Six documentaries have been broadcast nationwide on PBS, most recently, SHIFT CHANGE [2014]. A 2016 production, “Cultivating Kids,” showcases the unique school farm program in the South Whidbey school system. Their film, “Plane Truths,” [2018] about the impacts of Navy growler planes has screened across the region and in film festivals nationwide.

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