To celebrate the Centennial of the National Parks Service we have selected some Green Film Fest films that dive into the National Parks experience.
Films that take a look back at the bold & courageous folks that are part of our parks history, and look forward with people making sure parks will be part of our adventures for the next 100 years.
Don't forget, once you've watched a film or two, there is free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28. The National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial!
An American Ascent
Andrew Adkins and George Potter, USA, 2014, 69 mins
The Centerpiece of our Keep It Wild theme at Green Film Fest 2016, An American Ascent, take us on the trail with the first expedition of its kind, nine African Americans blaze a trail on America’s highest peak: Denali.
They know a staggering number of people of color do not consider the outdoors as a place for them and Expedition Denali plans to prove these adventures are for everyone.
Their goal is not only to summit, but to inspire a new generation to get outside and become stewards of our wild places.
Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, Zachary Barr, Sender Films, 2014, 90 min
The greatest untold story of American counterculture is that of the Yosemite Valley rock climbers - explorers and madmen that leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite.
Their "extreme bohemian" lifestyle in the Valley, involes living on red wine and boiled potatoes and clashing with National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on Earth.
Starring Yosemite legends Dean Potter, Alex Honnold, Lynn Hill, "Chongo" Chuck, John Bachar, Jim Bridwell, Warren Harding, Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins and more... Valley Uprising is the riveting, unforgettable tale of this bold tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity — and the laws of the land.
ML Lincoln, USA, 2013, 94mins
Edward Abbey was the original eco-warrior. His anarchistic and riotous spirit shines through as 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.
Lincoln's powerful documentary leaves you asking yourself, what am I willing to do to make a stand?
Rebels With A Cause
Nancy Kelly & Kenji Yamamoto, USA, 2012, 74mins
A favorite for anyone living in San Francisco Bay Area, Rebels With A Cause celebrates the people and passion that saved the coastal wonders that would become the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
You'll look at Marin Headlands with renewed admiration once you see what could have happened if the failed Marincello development had gone ahead.
Their efforts set new precedents for protecting open space and shaped the environmental movement as we know it today.
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a land ethic for our time
Ann and Steven Dunsky, USA, 2011, 74mins
Green Fire describes the formation of Leopold's idea, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation.
The film draws on Leopold's life and experiences to provide context and validity, then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world.
Photos from Rebels with a Cause; Charlie Row; An American Ascent