Wrenched: The Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang

Edward Abbey was the original eco-warrior. He lit the flame of environmental activism and gave the movement its soul. This is not a history lesson; his call to action is timeless and still influential today.

 

Directors

ML Lincoln

Country

USA 

Year

2013

Running Time

94 mins 

Watch the Film

wrenched-themovie.com/screenings

 

 

SFGFF Film Program:

Wrenched_WEB.jpgEdward Abbey was the original eco-warrior. His anarchistic and riotous spirit shines through in filmmaker ML Lincoln’s documentary Wrenched. Told through interviews with his friends, archival footage and re-enactments, we see how in the 1970s he crafted a radical new blueprint for the environmental movement – "monkeywrenching". The film then follows how direct action and civil disobedience grow in popularity with EarthFirst! in the '80s. This is not a history lesson; his call to action is timeless and still influential today. If you saw Tim DeChristopher at the 2013 SFGFF, you’ll be interested to see him here, carrying the monkey wrench torch. The characters in this film are as passionate about their stance today, as they were in their youth. Lincoln's powerful documentary leaves you asking yourself, what am I willing to do to make a stand?

Screening: June 4, 2014 at Roxie Theater. California Premiere // Festival Closing Night

Discussion with: Ariana Garfinkel, archivist on the film; David J. Cross, Earth First! photographer who followed them for years; Karen Pickett, original Earth First! member and very involved with the trial of the Arizona Five featured in the film, as well as a longtime activist with Berkeley Ecology Center, Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters and others.