Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a group of dedicated conservationists who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife, and establish public parks near a densely populated urban center.
Beginning in the 1950s, ordinary citizens from all walks of life, concerned by the intentions of residential land developers and the environmental cost of "progress," began banding together to save a vast stretch of Northern California coastline.
Their passionate activism at both the local and federal level helped create Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, two national parks north of San Francisco. These precedent-setting efforts also raised Californians' awareness of their power to promote change, fostered a national movement to preserve open spaces, and shaped the environmental movement of today.
Written, directed and produced by Nancy Kelly (Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives, Smitten, Downside Up), REBELS WITH A CAUSE received its world premiere at the 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival, where it won the Audience Favorite Award for Best Documentary - Active Cinema.