mu rebels gold fields susan van der walWest Long Branch, N.J. - Director Nancy Kelly brings her award-winning environmental documentary “Rebels With A Cause” to Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre on Monday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. This stunningly beautiful film, narrated by Frances McDormand, spotlights a battle over land that set new precedents for protecting open space and helped shape the environmental movement as we know it today. The film is free and open to the public. There will be a Q&A with Kelly immediately following the screening. 

“Rebels With A Cause” explores how a handful of politically savvy activists fought to protect San Francisco's Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area from the threat of sprawl and over-development at a time when California was the nation's fastest-growing state. Their efforts grew into an astonishing system of fourteen National Seashores—the result of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians from both parties, widows, and volunteers working together through compromise and negotiation, with the American public coming up as the winner. It’s a fascinating example of a hard fought campaign to preserve something important to all of us—our public land. “Rebels With A Cause” is a cinematic experience that conveys an inspiring truth about how ordinary individuals have the power to change the rules.

Kelly has been making independent fiction and non-fiction films for more than twenty-five years. In collaboration with editor and producer Kenji Yamamoto, she directed and produced “Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives,” about a daring original play that tells the traumatic life story of a Honduran teenager; “Smitten,” about art collector Rene di Rosa; and “Downside Up,” a documentary about the origins of MASS MoCA, one of America’s largest contemporary art museums. Kelly has also directed the award-winning documentary shorts “Cowgirls and Sweeping Ocean Views” and co-directed “A Cowhand’s Song.”

The event is sponsored by Monmouth University’s Department of Communication and the Center for the Arts, and part of the “On Screen: In Person” film series, which brings six films and filmmakers to Monmouth University as part of a tour of the Eastern seaboard. On Screen: In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

 

Event:                        “Rebels With A Cause” with post-screening Q&A with the filmmaker Nancy Kelly

Date:                           Monday, February 9, 2015           

Time:                         7:30 p.m.

Where:                       Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ

Sponsored By:       Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts

Cost:                          Free and open to the public

Box Office:               www.monmouth.edu/arts or call 732-263-6889