Saving Point Reyes Seashore: "Rebels With a Cause" Documentary Coming to SSU

Rebelswithcause.jpgNancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto's award-winning documentary "Rebels with a Cause," about the activists who saved Pt. Reyes National Seashore from development, will be presented Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 4 p.m. by the Sonoma Film Institute. All screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.

On Friday night, filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto will be present to introduce the film and answer questions afterwards. Special guests at the screening include authors Dr. L. Martin Griffin and John Hart, whose books inspired the film. The SSU bookstore will sponsor a book signing with Dr. Griffin's book "Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast," and John Hart's "The Wilderness Next Door" and "Farming on the Edge."

Admission is $7, $6 for non-SSU students and senior citizens, $5 for SFI members and children under 12, and free for SSU students.

Produced in association with local PBS affiliate KRCB, and narrated by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, "Rebels With a Cause" is a feature-length documentary exploring how daring, young, rebellious crusaders in the 1950s through the 1980s saved thousands of acres of parkland and farmland from development at a time when California was the nation's fastest growing state; public lands that are now the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Highlights of the film include segments with former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, then 90 years old, and with 102-year-old Edgar Wayburn, a former Sierra Club president, shortly before their deaths in 2010. They are just two of the collection of "Rebels," including pioneering environmentalist Dr. L. Martin Griffin, who tell their stories in the film.

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