Gr. 8 - Adult
First Light Films
“Highly recommended for its beauty, its supporting resources, and the inspiration that all will find in the success stories it showcases. The commitment and personal sacrifice shown in this video is nearly beyond comprehension.”
- Educational Media Reviews Online
"Stunning scenery, soft music, and an introduction by Robert Redford highlight this examination of grassroots efforts to preserve pristine natural areas and secure their protection under the Wilderness Act. The film is elegantly edited and the readings by environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams offer inspiration. Classes in environmental science, history, geography, government, and composition can utilize this film to fulfill a variety of learning objectives."
- School Library Journal
"The celebration and defense of wilderness is one of the most remarkable products of American cultural history. In less than two centuries self-willed, or "wild" land, changed from a liability to an asset. Now the United States leads the world in establishing national park and designated wildernesses. The story of how this has occurred is a composite of many people caring deeply about specific places. Forever Wild explores their motivation and encourages further preservation progress."
- Dr. Roderick Frazier Nash, Professor Emeritus of History and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara;
Author of Wilderness and the American Mind
- Robert Redford
Finalist, Honorable Mention Award for Conservation Initiative, International Wildlife Film Festival
Official Selection, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Official Selection, Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Official Selection, Boston International Film Festival
Official Selection, Port Townsend Film Festival
Official Selection, Conservation and Wildlife Film Festival
National Broadcast on PBS, Fall 2009
Hosted by Robert Redford
Featuring the Prose of Terry Tempest Williams, read by the author
Forever Wild celebrates America's commitment to wilderness and its preservation. Shot in high definition, the film captures the glory of undeveloped, wild places through visually stunning images. It also profiles America’s modern wilderness heroes – individuals who have volunteered countless hours and immeasurable energy to ensure that these wild places remain forever wild.
In 1964, for the first time in human history, America created a law to keep the wildest lands wild and save part of the world from the dominion of man. The passage of the Wilderness Act also gave ordinary Americans a tool for protecting our most pristine mountains, forests, deserts, prairies, and rivers from the steady march of development.
Wilderness preservation advocates featured in the film include a 3rd generation logger, a school teacher in New Hampshire, a nurse in California and three busy mothers in Colorado. These volunteers, and so many more, have used their voices and our democracy to protect America's wildest mountains, forests, deserts, prairies, and rivers.
Today, energy development, sprawl, timber harvesting, and motorized recreation threaten to overrun many of America’s unprotected wild places. Forever Wild renews our understanding of the majesty of wild lands, the ecological necessity of protecting them, and the important role individual Americans continue to play in preserving a legacy of wilderness for all to enjoy.
Special Edition includes:
- Educational Resources for teachers (lesson plans) and students at: http://www.foreverwildfilm.com/educators.html
- Wilderness Resources for engagement and further understanding
- DVD-ROM material on disc
- Online material at http://www.foreverwildfilm.com/wilderness_resources.htm
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WILDERNESS ACT
On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system.
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