Breckenridge Film Fest: Tales of the environment |

Breckenridge Film Fest: Tales of the environment

Cinematographer Bryan Reinhart on the set of 'Wrenched,' a film that will be shown at the 2014 Breckenridge Film Festival in September.
Special to the Weekender |

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of short reviews of films showing at the Breckenridge Film Festival.

Edward Abbey is lauded, rightly so, as the godfather of environmental activism. His words and actions inspired a new generation of environmentalists, from EarthFirst! to more extreme groups such as the Earth Liberation Front.

“Wrenched” is the tale of the modern environmental movement, launched by Abbey in his seminal work “The Monkey Wrench Gang.” Through archival footage and interviews with the master himself, “Wrenched” relives sequences from pouring sand into bulldozer gas tanks and cutting down billboards to the FBI investigation that resulted in prison sentences for some of the eco-warriors.

Part history, part documentary, and a call to action, “Wrenched” is a must-see for any lover of the American Southwest and those who fight to save its beautiful wildness.

Paired with “Wrenched” in a two-film block at The Village Ten Mile Room at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, “Powell to Powell” is a kayak journey on the Colorado River from Lake Powell in Rocky Mountain National Park to Lake Powell in Utah, where the Glen Canyon dam obscures some of the finest natural geology in the world.

Along the way, the filmmakers find the Colorado too shallow to float in spots, speak with farmers and conservationists, run the wild and free river through desert canyons and finally hit the recreational and dwindling waters of America’s second largest reservoir.

The Breckenridge Film Festival will bring more than 50 independent films, their filmmakers and festival-goers to Breckenridge from Thursday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 21, featuring chances to meet filmmakers, panel discussions, plenty of parties and mingling and the Adventure Reel for young and young-at-heart audiences. Learn more about this and other films online at

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