Kelly+Yamamoto Productions | Kelly+Yamamoto Productions | Rebels with a Cause
With narration by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, Rebels with a Cause is a humorous, inspirational celebration of wild places and a story told through the characters who saved them.
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Rebels with a Cause

©2012 — 72/57 minutes


Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand, Rebels with a Cause tells the story of a regional California effort that grew into an astonishing system of fourteen National Seashores—the result of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians from both parties, and volunteers working together through compromise and negotiation, with the American public coming up as the winner.


This fascinating example of a hard-fought campaign to preserve something important to all of us—our public land—illustrates that the personal is political, and the local is global. A feel-good cinematic experience, Rebels conveys an inspiring truth about how ordinary individuals have the power to change the rules.


• Audience Favorite Award, Best Documentary Active Cinema, Mill Valley Film Festival
• Special Award for Environmental Achievement,
Marin Conservation League

Key Credits

Writer/Director/Producer: NANCY KELLY
Editor/Producer: KENJI YAMAMOTO
Director of Photography: LOU WEINERT
Animation: MARK FIORE
Archival Researcher: JANE GREENBERG
Graphic Design: GARY JAEGER
Produced in Partnership with: KRCB NORTH BAY PUBLIC MEDIA

Primary Funders

• Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
• This project was made possible with support from
Cal Humanities, in partnership with the NEH.
• Kira and Bradley J. Haas Fund at the
Marin Community Foundation
• Mulago Foundation
• Seligmann Foundation

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