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From the moment David Brower first witnessed the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was tied to the fight to preserve the American wilds for future generations. Not since John Muir had an American fought with such tenacity, or been more successful, in protecting our natural heritage. His fiery dedication and skillful activism transformed the Sierra Club and brought the environmental movement into the public conscious.

Monumental explores the dramatic and inspiring story of Brower's campaigns to protect and establish some of our most treasured national parks. At the center of the film are the themes that absorbed Brower throughout his life and work with the Sierra Club: the threatened beauty of the American landscape, the spiritual connection between humans and the great outdoors, and the moral obligation to preserve what is left of the world's natural wonders from the encroachment of progress.

Monumental weaves together Brower's vivid 16-mm archival wilderness footage, photographic images from well-recognized artists, and interviews with leading conservationists, photographers, historians, curators, politicians, as well as Brower's family, friends, and colleagues. Monumental tells the story of a true American legend, an artist, a publisher, a filmmaker, and a zealous crusader for the cause of environmentalism.

[Original air date: Sun, Sep 28, 2008]

This program is not currently scheduled for broadcast.

Filmmaker Profiles:

Kelly Duane

Read more about Kelly Duane, filmmaker of Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America.


Monumental: Crew & Credits

Directed and produced by
Kelly Duane

Edited by
Nathaniel Dorsky
Anne Flatte
Tony Saxe

Executive Producer
Brian Maxwell

Assistant Producer/Researcher
Sara Pellegrini

Interview Cinematographers
Sophie Constantinou
Antonio Nogueira

Music Supervisors
Kelly Duane
Tony Saxe

Sound Mix & Design
Monte Vallier
James LeBrecht

Thanks to all musicians & record labels for contributing music to the film
"A Dodo Egg" - Echolocation
Fruit Bats
Courtesy of Perishable Records

"Buffalo and Deer" - Echolocation
Fruit Bats
Courtesy of Perishable Records

"The Reminder" - Beachwood Sparks
Beachwood Sparks
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

"Lands End"
Marc Capelle & Monte Vallier
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

"Silver Spoon in the Firelight"
Written and performed by Monte Vallier

"Slow Company" - Know by Heart
The American Analog Set
Courtesy of Tiger Style Records

"Hide Home"
Written and performed by Ken Murphy

"Need it Just a Little" - Echolocation
Fruit Bats
Courtesy of Perishable Records

"Coal Age" - Echolocation
Fruit Bats
Courtesy of Perishable Records

"Rainbow Sign" - Echolocation
Fruit Bats © 2003
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records/Bug Music

"Union Blanket" - Mouthfuls
Fruit Bats © 2003
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records/Bug Music

"Green Arrow" - I Can Hear the Heart Beat as One
Yo La Tengo
Courtesy of Matador Records

"Rock to Dollar"
Scientific American

"Piss Diary"
The Kingsbury Manx
Courtesy of Overcoat Recordings

David Brower interview by Susan Schrepfer
Sierra Club Oral History
Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Archival Footage
Sky-Land Trails of the Kings Siskiyou to the Sky-Land
Two Yosemites
Sierra Club Productions

Wilderness River Trails
Charles Eggert Productions, Sierra Club Publications

Glen Canyon
Brower Home Movie
Courtesy of The Bancroft Library

The Redwoods
King Screen Production
Mark Harris & Trevor Greenwood
A Sierra Club Presentation

The Grand Canyon
Sierra Club Productions

Nipomo Dunes
Sierra Club Productions

Operation Glen Canyon
Lake Powell: The Jewel of the Colorado
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

Alaska: Land in the Balance
Judy Irving & Chris Beaver
Sierra Club Productions

An Island in Time
Laurel Reynolds & Mindy Willis
Sierra Club Presentation

For Earth Sake
John de Graaf
KCTS Seattle

This is Our Country
LBJ Library Video by WHNPC

JFK Conservation Trip
John F Kennedy Library Foundation

David Brower News Conference
Courtesy of KPIX-TV

Photography by
Arthur Schatz, Photography USA
William Mail
Phillip Hyde
Cederic Wright
Martin Litton
Edward Parsons
Joseph Le Conte
Patricia Caulfield
Brower Family Collection
The Sierra Club William Colby Library

Generous Support Provided by
Mountain Grants Program, Banft Centre
Sierra Nevada Sect., The American Alpine Club
Tom Duane & Joan Brown
Peter Buckley & Andy Upjohn
The David Brower Center
The George de Ratz Art Fund

Monumental is a Film Arts Foundation sponsored project.

Produced in association with KQED Public Television

© Loteria Film and Arts, Inc. 2008

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