With California’s rapid increase in population in the 1950’s, California’s coast seemed destined to be uprooted by the abundance of development at the time. However, these so called “rebels” changed the fate of the coasts and made a real contribution to keeping California what it is today. Their efforts set new precedents for protecting open land and shaped the environmental movement, we know today. Rebels With a Cause had its world premiere at the 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival where it won the Audience Favorite Award for Best Documentary – Active Cinema.
Nancy Kelly has been making independent films, fiction and non-fiction, for more then twenty-five years. She wanted to make this documentary to show her audiences the stories of people trying to save the landscapes of California. California has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, but no one really knows how people were able to preserve them until this film was made. We so often take our beautiful landscape for granted, thinking these beautiful parks will be there whenever they want, but the truth is that preserving these places like Point Reyes was a huge struggle. Nancy’s goal is to inspire communities and people to take on things the government is not keen on doing and try to get them involved in raising awareness about the stories she has produced. She is a very inspiring and dedicated filmmaker.
We recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the environment and is willing to help Nancy and her crew change the fate of California’s world-renowned landscapes.
To learn more about the film, visit http://rebelsdocumentary.org.