Rebels with a Cause


Year: 2012
Country: USA
Run Time: 73 minutes

Beginning in the 1950s, a national movement was born of principles that may seem obvious today. Unconvinced by land developers who promoted residential construction as unmitigated progress, citizens began banding together to preserve open spaces near where they lived. REBELS WITH A CAUSE is filmmaker Nancy Kelly's retelling of the story of the schemers and dreamers who fought to keep developers from taking over the breathtaking landscape of Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco. In the early 20th century, many stood with Speaker of the House Joe Cannon, who opposed taxpayer support of private land acquisition to benefit national parks ("Not a cent for scenery!"). But Clem Miller, California Congressman from 1958-62, emerged as the forward-looking patron saint of the movement. Miller's vision included the continuation of historic ranching along with the preservation of grasslands and open scenic vistas. REBELS WITH A CAUSE describes in fascinating detail how dedicated conservationists raised Californians' awareness of their power to promote change. –B.B.

Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly, Kenji Yamamoto

Nancy Kelly

Lou Weinert, Marsha Kahm, Tomas Tucker, Emiko Omori

Kenji Yamamoto

Lou Weinert, Marsha Kahm, Tomas Tucker, Emiko Omori

Director Bio
Nancy Kelly is a native of North Adams, Massachusetts and a veteran independent filmmaker. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute Lab and is a member of New Day Films, the premier independent filmmakers' educational distribution cooperative for social change media.

Select Filmography
"Cowgirls" (1990), "Thousand Pieces of Gold" (1991), "Downside Up" (2003) – 28th CIFF, "Smitten" (2006), "Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives" (2010) – 35th CIFF, REBELS WITH A CAUSE (2012)

Print Source

Kelly + Yamamoto Productions

Community Partner

Northeast Ohio Sierra Club

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