Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2020

Program 13 - PUBLIC LANDS

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Powerful new documentary from executive producer Robert Redford and Patagonia features journalists, land historians, tribal leaders, and government whistleblowers fighting for the protection and preservation of America’s Public Lands. With a focus on the destruction of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in Minnesota, the downsizing of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, and the wholesale appropriation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, director David Garrett Byars tells the powerful story of citizens who are fighting back to protect this sacred land.


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  • Year
  • Runtime
    96 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish, English
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    Director Biography - David Garrett Byars made his directorial debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with NO MAN'S LAND, a documentary about the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that sparked international headlines. Byars is also working with Reel Thing's Suzan Beraza as a producer and director of photography on her upcoming film MASSACRE RIVER. He joined Reel Thing Productions in 2009, working as an editor, cameraman, and sound technician on URANIUM DRIVE-IN. Byars additional work includes directing two short films, SELF STORAGE, a narrative short about existential dread and redemption, and RECAPTURE, a short documentary chronicling the attempt of right-wing activists to reclaim the federally-managed Recapture Canyon in southern Utah.
  • Director
    David Garrett Byars
  • Screenwriter
    Hal Herring
  • Producer
    Jeremy Rubingh
  • Cinematographer
    David Byars, Drew Xanthopoulos
  • Editor
    Lyman Smith