From the moment David Brower first witnessed the beauty of Yosemite Valley, his life was inspired by the fight to preserve America’s wild lands for future generations. His fiery dedication and activism helped to inspire the modern environmental movement, which Brower spearheaded as the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club. Through lobbying, art and an advertising campaigns, Brower and his colleagues fought to establish and protect some of our most treasured national parks, seashores and monuments. In telling the story of a true American legend, artist, publisher, filmmaker and zealous environmental crusader, this film explores the themes that absorbed Brower throughout his life. These include the spiritual connection between humans and the great outdoors and the moral obligation to protect what’s left of the world’s natural wonders. Featuring exquisite 1950s and ‘60s archival footage (much shot by Bower himself ) and photographic images from well-recognized artists, the film also incorporates interviews with leading conservationists, photographers, historians, curators and politicians, as well as, family, friends and colleagues.

Directed and produced by Kelly Duane.

Monumental: David Brower's Fight to Protect Wild America

2003 US 74 min
Festival Year: 2012
Types: Documentary
Topic: Environmental Advocacy and Justice