Light Dancing Productions is getting Oregon into the movie business with The Watchman’s Canoe
Streaming or buying the family-friendly The Watchman’s Canoe not only supports an independent filmmaker, it is feeding the burgeoning film business in Southern Oregon.
The Watchman’s Canoe is a sweet film with a great message of inclusion. Jett, a girl of mixed Caucasian and Indigenous descent, struggles with these two labels, and is harassed by the boys (and occasionally the teachers) at her new school. A visit from a distant cousin and meeting a local “watchman” set Jett off on a spiritual journey into the world of Native American story and belief. The film addresses what it is to find your way in the world, and digs into the ramifications of bullying, making it a timely, noteworthy film for families to watch together. Plus, it looks beautiful, thanks to Director Barri Chase and Director of Photography, A.J. Young.
The residents of Coos Bay, Oregon, and the surrounding communities were the main backers for this low-budget feature. Led by producer/ writer Chase, herself a native Oregonian, The Watchman’s Canoe took advantage of local generosity and investment, the gorgeous coastal scenery and the eager talent pool to create this intimate adventure movie. Starring Roger Willie (Windtalkers) and Adam Beach (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Windtalkers, Flags of Our Fathers), the film introduces locals Kiri Goodson, who is lovely as Jett, Carter Jon Edwards and Matthew Johnson.