WHAT: Movie screening: “Wrenched: How Edward Abbey Lit the Flame of Environmental Activism and Gave the Movement Its Soul”
WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2
WHERE: Mesa County Libraries Central Library, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, Grand Junction.
“Wrenched” film about author Edward Abbey and environmental activism
to be shown Sept. 2 at Mesa County Central Library
“Wrenched,” a documentary film about author Edward Abbey and the activist environmental movement inspired by his writings, is scheduled for a public showing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue in downtown Grand Junction.
The presentation is open to the public at no charge.
The film traces the development of Abbey’s writing, including such classics as “Desert Solitaire” and “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” and describes how the construction of large new dams and mines in the Southwest invoked anger in the environmental community. Through archival footage, interviews, and re-enactments, filmmaker ML Lincoln describes the outrage of Abbey’s friends, many of whom were the original eco-warriors.
“Wrenched” chronicles the rise of activist environmental groups such as Earth First and examines the inspiration they drew from Abbey’s work. It documents the evolution of the movement through the recent case of Tim DeChristopher, who was convicted of disrupting an auction of federal mineral rights on public lands in southeastern Utah.
The film features interviews with some of Abbey’s close friends, including Ken Sleight, Doug Peacock, John DePuy, Jack Loeffler, and Katie Lee. It also contains the perspectives of authors Charles Bowden and Terry Tempest Williams.
The film is an independent production and is not rated. It contains some rough language.