PLANE TRUTHS: New Documentary Film From Moving Images Explores Impacts of Navy Expansion on Pacific Northwest Communities

Farmers, military personnel, environmentalists, and residents share their perspectives on increased Navy activity in our region

PLANE TRUTHS, a new documentary by filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young, examines the community impacts of U.S. Navy expansion in the Puget Sound region.

Recent growth of Navy training activities in the Northwest has many local residents concerned. Community members on Whidbey Island, the San Juans, and the Olympic Peninsula are disturbed by an increase in noise caused by new EA-18G “Growler” jets based at Naval Air Station Whidbey (NAS) — and a significant proposed expansion of daily Growler test flights. On Whidbey, communities have been additionally impacted by water system pollution caused by chemicals used for firefighting on NAS landing strips.

The new 30-minute film PLANE TRUTHS explores a variety of perspectives on these issues from farmers, current and retired military personnel, environmentalists and other citizens of the affected areas. Viewers will learn how the noise of the Growler jets has affected daily life and business operations in many communities, the regional environmental impacts of expanded Growler flights and newly approved Navy training in Olympic National Forest, potential economic ramifications of increased Navy activity and associated population growth, and the status of — and Navy response to — water system pollution on Whidbey Island.

PLANE TRUTHS will be shown at community screenings in various locations around the Pacific Northwest beginning on Jan. 18. Learn more, view current screenings, and sign up to receive email notifications as new screenings are scheduled at:


Whidbey Island-based filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young (Moving Images) are veteran documentary producers, with prestigious awards from CINE, Houston, Columbus, Prix Leonardo, International Wildlife, Women in Film/Seattle, Chicago, NW Film and Video Festivals. Six of their films have been broadcast nationwide on PBS, most recently, SHIFT CHANGE [2014], which explores the worker cooperative business model. Their production, CULTIVATING KIDS [2016], showcases the unique school farm program in the South Whidbey school district.


PLANE TRUTHS is available for members of the media to view online. The producers request that this link not be shared. Preview URL: [Password: olf].


High resolution images are available upon request.


Natasha Dworkin, Matterhorn Creative, 206.715.1696,

Source: Moving Images

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