Free film screening of Public Trust on Sept. 23

by Ranjani Atur, Funding Peer
Monday, September 21, 2020 8:00 AM

Patagonia and UCSB Arts & Lectures present two FREE community screenings of Patagonia Films’ award-winning documentary Public Trust: The Fight for America’s Public Lands on Wednesday, September 23, in advance of the film’s national release on Friday, September 25.

In a time of growing polarization, Americans still share something in common: 640 million acres of public land. Held in trust by the federal government for all citizens of the United States, these places are a stronghold against climate change, sacred to native people, home to wildlife and intrinsic to our national identity. But today, despite support from voters across the political spectrum, they face unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. Part love letter, part political exposé, Public Trust investigates how we arrived at this precarious moment through three heated conflicts – a national monument in the Utah desert, a proposed mine in the Boundary Waters and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – and makes a case for their continued protection. The film is directed by Ojai based David Garrett Byars, and runs 97 min.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:15 pm and 9:15 pm.
(Gates open at 6 pm. First come, first served. Food trucks and concessions available before each film.)

West Wind Drive-In in Santa Barbara.
**Socially-distanced parking with room to put chairs in front of your car. Filmgoers are asked to respect the safety of fellow attendees: Please wear masks and maintain a distance of six feet from others.