Photo by Larry Hanson

Upcoming Screenings

Fri, Dec 9, 2011, 7 pm, at the Senior Center in Port Angeles, 328 East 7th St. This is a benefit for the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club so there is a $5 donation at the door. Hope to see you all there!

Mon, Dec 12, 2011, 7 pm, at the Kitsap Unitarian Fellowship Church in Bremerton, 4418 Perry Ave NE. The event is sponsored by the Peninsula Wilderness Club and is free to the public. Club business starts at 7 pm, then the show will go on at 8 pm.

Mon, Jan 23, 2012, 7 pm, at the Mountain Gear store, 2002 N Division St, Spokane, WA. The event will benefit the Spokane Mountaineers Foundation with a $3 suggested donation at the door. This will be our first screening on the dry side of the Cascade Crest .. rock on Spokane!

It's all about wilderness preservation … told in the inspiring words of Harvey Manning – the irate birdwatcher. Follow the legendary Northwest writer and conservationist as he discovers the beauty of Washington’s wildest places, and the need to stand up and fight for their very survival. This is Harvey’s story about this state’s unique wilderness … his deep passion for it, his years of ramblings as an avid backpacker and climber, and his own personal crusade to preserve and protect it for future generations … with a wee bit of preaching thrown in to boot.

Read what people are saying about the film >>

Magnificent! Just superb … a work of art. In my whole career, I have known few conservation writers who can so completely describe what it is really like – feels like – in the Northwest backcountry. And it is even rarer for that same writer, and at the same time, to mince no words and so accurately 'tell it like it really is' regarding what was happening to that wilderness. It was this special gift of Harvey's – that eloquence and passion in everything he wrote, which aroused a whole generation – my generation – to rise up and take a stand to halt the damage.
~ Brock Evans, environmental advocate, author and president of the Endangered Species Coalition

Harvey Manning left a legacy and a challenge to citizens who enjoy nature the way God made it and who care about America the Beautiful and about themselves. He tells us that we need to express our care and concern with principle and vigilance. We need to stand up to be heard – loud and clear and strong enough to rally public support and to shape it into effective public policy and practice. This is not exactly easy, but it works, and it’s good for the soul.
~ Michael Frome, activist, educator and author of Heal the Earth, Heal the Soul: Collected Essays on Wilderness, Politics and the Media

Producers : Robert & Kathy Chrestensen
Filmed & Edited : Robert Chrestensen
Words : Harvey Manning
Adaptation : Kathy Chrestensen
Voice : Earl V. Prebezac
Music : David Michael
Photography : Jason Hummel & Tom Miller

Full Credits

Awards / Screenings

Screened: September 24-26, 2010, Port Townsend Film Festival

Award: "Silver Sierra Film Award", in the Environmental Film Competition, 2010 Yosemite Film Festival

Broadcast: April 2010, KCTS Public TV Seattle

Screened: November 22, 2009, Rossland Mountain Film Festival

Award: Honorable Mention for "Creative Approach" Montana CINE International Film Festival 2009

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