Rebels with a Cause/ How a Battle Over Land Changed the California Landscape Forever

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Presents

Award-Winning Documentary Film
Rebels with a Cause
How a Battle Over Land Changed the California Landscape Forever

Thursday, May 28, 2015
6:30-8:30pm -FREE
Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery

they were unpaid & they were crazy. they were…

In the first half of the 20th century, California’s population increased by 600% and by the 1950’s development was consuming coastal open space and farmland to housing development & shopping malls in a way that seemed to have no limits.

A stunningly beautiful film narrated by Frances McDormand, Rebels With A Cause is the tale about the dreamers and schemers and activists who - despite reversals, diversions and disappointments - persist in their mission for more than twenty years and foster a national movement beginning in California to preserve open space that ultimately grew into a legacy of National Seashores, National Parks and National Recreation Areas around the nation.

It’s the story of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers conservationists, politicians, widows and volunteers, all of whom worked their way through compromise and negotiation with the American public coming up as the winner.

It’s a struggle that crosses party lines, unites seemingly antagonistic foes, falters and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but ultimately is victorious. Beautiful cinematic footage, clever animation, moving interviews and a very compelling story are woven together in story that is especially meaningful for our times.

Award winning filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto of Kelly+Yamamoto Productions capture breathtaking natural landscapes while chronicling the story of an unusual group of individuals who make monumental change to help preserve a landscape for future generations.

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network invites community members, leaders, educators, students, and all who care about land preservation to attend and join the discussion about preservation of not only open space, but also agricultural lands in trust, urban community landtrusts, and how future generations can participate in preserving our own beautiful and unique landscape.

The free event takes place on Thursday, May 28, 6:30-8:30pm, at the downtown Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery,40 E. Anapamu St, 93101. No reservations are required. More info:,, 805-962-2571.

Hosted by: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network & Santa Barbara Food Alliance

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Margie Bushman
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
(805) 962-2571,
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