An hour long documentary by Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, followed by discussion and a book-signing with John Hart, author of Island in Time and Legacy: Portraits of 50 Bay Area Environmental Elders, and others.
In the 1950s, the vision for the Marin County coast was all too familiar: the rural area would become an extension of San Francisco, resembling Menlo Park or Malibu; hundreds of thousands of people would reside in suburban housing developments between Bolinas and Tomales Bay; an eight lane freeway would connect the Richmond Bridge with Point Reyes Station; rural Highway One would become a multi-lane freeway; and harbors, marinas, and hotels would cover Bolinas Lagoon, Limantaur Estero and Tomales Bay. At the time most people assumed agriculture in the region was dead and the county's dairymen and ranchers would become rich selling their land to real estate developers and move their operations elsewhere. Urbanization seemed unavoidable, especially for a rural area so close to a burgeoning city like San Francisco. That this did not come to pass is the compelling and epic story of Rebels With A Cause.
Rebels With A Cause portrays the ordinary citizens who did extraordinary things to save what are now the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area from development, creating an 80 mile-long park that supports open space, recreation, agriculture and wildlife. This dramatic story weaves together themes of conservation, ecology, development, finance, politics and sustainability. Rebels With A Cause is about the crucial moments that any campaign for change must reach to accomplish its goals. It illustrates how people with vastly different ideas can create something coherent and illuminates how an accumulation of individual visions can become a profound, connected success. Rebels With A Causehas the potential to inspire audiences around the world to take action, form alliances, and persist to make the world a better place.
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2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709