Daryl Hannah

Daryl Hannah Daryl Hannah is quickly becoming the voice of ecological and environmental action. An activist and filmmaker, she is a keen environmentalist with her own weekly video blog on sustainable solutions. Her home runs on solar power and is built with green materials. She also drives a car that runs on biodiesel.


On June 13, 2006, Daryl was arrested - along with Joan Baez and Julia Butterfly Hill - for her involvement with over 350 farmers and their supporters, confronting authorities trying to bulldoze the nation's largest urban farm in South Central Los Angeles. She chained herself to a walnut tree at the South Central Farm in south-central Los Angeles for three weeks in order to protest the farmers' eviction by the property's new owner.

Velcrow Ripper & Daryl Hannah One day during the theatrical release of my earlier film Scared Sacred the phone rang. To my surprise it was Daryl Hannah on the line. Daryl had just seen Scared Sacred and was calling to congratulate me. She was particularly taken by the cinematic aspect of the film and mentioned that her Uncle Haskell Wexler is one of Hollywood's greatest cinematographers.

About a year later the phone rang again. This time Daryl said she was up a tree at South Central Farms in Los Angeles trying to defend North America's largest urban garden from being destroyed. "I think you should get down here and film this right now!" she told me. Cher Hawrysh (the producer of Fierce Light) and I discussed the idea. It was almost a year before we had any money for the film and we really weren't ready to start shooting, but we could see that the story was too important to miss and self funded the trip down to LA where I spent weeks living inside the occupied zone of South Central Farm.

Daryl Hannah at South Central Farms
Although Daryl has long been a sustainability activist, this was her first time really putting herself on the line. Not only that but as a person who has vertigo becoming a tree sitter required a great leap of courage. But she persevered and stayed with the protest right through till the end when she was finally arrested and hauled from the tree by riot police. It was her first time being arrested.

~ Velcrow Ripper

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