From: Hokey Pokey Productions
Published November 3, 2015 02:40 PM

Who Bombed Judi Bari? Now Online

• Available on AmazonPrime, Vimeo, and Hulu
• New International DVD Edition offers 4 languages


Visit: http://whobombedjudibari.com/ for photos & graphics
 “Best upcoming films to watch on Amazon Prime and Hulu.” – Slate Online
Tough and intriguingly well-told.”—Village Voice


Winner of six awards, Who Bombed Judi Bari? was produced in Humboldt County in a solar powered cabin in the heart of California’s redwood region where the movie takes place. After its nationwide theatrical run the film is now available online on AmazonPrime, Vimeo and Hulu. The filmmakers have also released a “25th Anniversary of the Bombing International Edition” on DVD translated into Spanish, German, Japanese and Russian.  This riveting and uplifting documentary tells the story of the people who were almost killed for saving the ancient redwoods and then accused by the FBI of the very crime committed against them—a domestic terrorist car bombing. The film was produced by Darryl Cherney, who was in Judi Bari’s passenger seat when the bomb went off. It was directed by their friend and L.A. filmmaker Mary Liz Thomson.  It was picked up by Eco-Films for distribution.


In the mid 1980’s the pace of old growth redwood forest clear-cutting increased dramatically in California and led to a resistance movement.  Only 3% of the ancient redwoods remained at that time and the fear was that soon those trees would be gone.  Earth First!—the self-proclaimed radical environmental movement -- called for national help, planning a summer of protests in the style used in Mississippi during the civil rights struggle famed Freedom Summer.  Earth First!  called their version Redwood Summer.   What happened next became the redwood forest’s greatest unsolved mystery:  Who bombed Judi Bari?


On May 24th in 1990, a bomb blew up in the car of Earth First! organizers and musicians Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney while they were driving through Oakland, CA. They were on an organizing tour for Redwood Summer, singing songs and giving rousing speeches.  The FBI and Oakland Police instantly accused the pair of knowingly carrying the bomb and being environmental terrorists.


To vindicate their work and their names, Bari and Cherney launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit in Federal Court against the FBI and Oakland Police for violations of the First and Fourth Amendments, charging that the authorities lied and arrested them in order to silence their freedom of speech.


Seven years later, having survived the bombing, Bari is stricken by cancer.  She gives an on-camera deathbed testimony about the attempt on her life, her work for the trees, and the lawsuit against the FBI for attempting to frame her and Darryl Cherney. Her deposition serves as the narration while live action video captures in real time the tree-sits, demonstrations, federal trial, music, laughter and more in this compelling film and provides an insider account of what it was like to take on King Timber.


The story spans from the mid 1980’s through today, uniquely capturing a part of environmental history that is still relevant. Darryl Cherney and his legal team are still pursuing the bomber and preventing the FBI from throwing away crucial, untested evidence that could prove who bombed Judi Bari.  Judi Bari emerges as an authentic environmental hero whose warnings about the dangers of deforestation and global warming resonate today more than ever. 



Contact Info: Hokey Pokey Productions press contacts: Mary Liz Thomson, Director (213) 595-1155, maryliz.thomson@gmail.com;
Darryl Cherney, Producer (707) 223-3788, hokeypokey@asis.com;
Elyse Katz, Executive Producer (310) 487-7963, elysehkatz@gmail.com;
Sheila Laffey, Executive Producer, sheilalaffey@icloud.com;
Eco-Films, Distributor: Jim Branchflower (310) 985-3459, jimb@eco-films.com


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