Rebels With a Cause

Rebels With a Cause
(75 min) USA
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Monday, 10/22, 6:45pm (Session XIV)

Directors/Producers: Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto


The daring, rebellious, young crusaders in the 1950s through the 1980s who figured out new ways to save their communities are the heart of Rebels With a Cause. Their determination and frontier spirit saved many thousands of acres of parkland and farmland from development, creating the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Narrated by Academy winning actress  Frances McDormand


Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, award winning independent filmmakers, have been making critically acclaimed documentary and narrative films that have aired on PBS, Showtime, Sundance, Britain’s Channel Four, in theaters, museums, film festivals around the world, and even at an outdoor street cinema, for the last twenty-five years. Nancy and Kenji attended the Sundance June Lab with their narrative feature Thousand Pieces of Gold and Kenji attended the Sundance Documentary Lab with Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s New Muslim Cool. Their films have been funded by the Ford Foundation, PBS American Playhouse, MacArthur Foundation, ITVS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, Gerbode Foundation, Driehaus Foundation, Columbia Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Woods Fund of Chicago, LEF, Pacific Pioneer Fund, and many others. Nancy and Kenji recently completed a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art that took over a decade to make. The third in the trilogy, Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives, premiered at the 2010 Mill Valley Film Festival, which coincided with their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. 

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Kelly + Yamamoto Productions
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