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March Point

The Swinomish Reservation is a clamming, crabbing and fishing community that has relied on the natural resources of the Skagit Valley for centuries. In the late 1950s, two oil refineries were built on March Point, an area that was once part of the Swinomish Tribal lands by treaty. Told by Nick, Cody, and Travis, three Swinomish teens coming of age on their reservation, March Point follows the boys’ investigation into the impact of the refineries on their community and environment, and how the process of filmmaking changed their lives.

March Point aired on PBS’s Independent Lens in the fall of 2008 and has screened at over 50 film festivals. Visit the March Point film site for a complete list.

Watch the trailer at the Independent Lens website.

This documentary affected me in ways that are still reverberating through my soul.” Read additional viewer feedback of March Point.

Awards & Prizes

  • National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Documentary Film
  • European Independent Film Festival, Paris, France—runner-up Best Non-European Documentary Award
  • Port Townsend Film Festival, Port Townsens, Washington—Best Documentary Film

Produced by Longhouse Media/Native Lens

Editor: Eric Frith