Peddle Power at Kopkind Grassroots Film Festival

18 07 2014

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Kopkind Presents

KOPKIND GRASSROOTS FILM PRESENTATION, Hooker Dunham Theater (Gallery Walk Night in Brattleboro), August 1st, 7:30pm


This documentary portrays the transformative vision and extraordinary efforts of Wenzday Jane, a young woman whose mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community. Wenzday goes to the heart of the sustainability issue by offering solutions, and suggests that things don’t have to be the way they are.

As a young child growing up in public housing, Wenzday Jane’s bicycle meant personal freedom. She watched her family and neighbors struggle with issues of dependence, disempowerment, and inertia. She has been working all her life to pull herself out from under the weight of these inherited conditions. Now, with a passion for mechanics and organization, she is creating the means and cultural conditions to replace trucks with human-powered, souped-up bicycles for many local deliveries.

Shot in an intimate, lyrical style, the film follows her as she builds an organization of riders and cargo bicycles that work in agriculture and food delivery, composting, recycling and waste-hauling – and community building. We follow a rider making the rounds of municipal recycling bins, emptying bottles and cans into the bike’s cavernous tank. Weaving his 300-pound load through traffic, he heads for the city’s waste sorting facility, where he dumps into a mountain of trash just like any other gigantic truck. Wenzday reflects on winning a substantial contract for municipal recycling pick-up, “I’ve always been interested in challenges, in problem solving… There’s an opportunity to learn something new by solving a problem.”

Power-lifting a huge axle and wheel assembly onto a stand, Wenzday then disassembles a complex cargo bicycle. “There’s no alternative: you can’t just take these to the nearest garage, like a car, to get them repaired.” Her hands are covered in grease as she removes a planetary gear. “Bikes represent self-reliance and autonomy,” she says. “Working on bikes gives me a platform for really thinking about how things work.” By designing her own cargo trikes and creating a business around them, Wenzday is lowering the carbon footprint of our transportation system, one bicycle at a time.

Director Bob Nesson work shopped the film at the CID/Kopkind Seminars two summers ago. “We are excited to screen the finished film.” Says Kopkind Administrator John Scagliotti.   Following the screening, Director Bob Nesson will lead a discussion about the film and the Pedal Power concept that the film portrays. Can Power Pedal happen in rural America? click here for trailer

‘We All Live Downstream” Kopkind Talk July 13th

5 07 2014

Potluck and Public Talk by Kevin Buckland of

 Sunday, July 13

5:30 pm, potluck; 7 pm public talk

The Organ Barn at Guilford

158 Kopkind Road

Guilford, VT

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What if we imagined the rivers, streams, waters of the world as the basic stuff of life, a vast commons; and eco-politics not through the narrow lens of this hazard or that catastrophe but as a vivid project for cultivating community creativity, resilience and resistance?


Kevin Buckland of the global environmental group will animate that question in his talk at Kopkind in advance of an amazing project to be launched in September called SeaChange: We All Live Downstream – a flotilla of paper boats traveling down the Hudson River, from Troy, NY, to Manhattan, stopping at towns along the way, gathering stories, recalling history and linking local struggles to one another and to the larger questions of democracy, economic justice and the quality of freedom.


Buckland, a painter, graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and has spent the past five years as’s Art Ambassador, traveling the world, connecting with and learning from artists and activists on the ecological frontlines.


Please join us for this special night. Bring your covered dishes. Learn of Troy’s traditional building technique of making boats from paper! And consider the angles on a SeaChange motto: “All rivers flow together. We all live downstream.”