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A Letter to Congress

Author(s): Christopher Newman
Video Release Date: June 24, 2017
Video Source: Vimeo

This video was posted a year ago and the words of Wallace Stegner to Congress in 1960 still ring true today.

From the Director: “I originally set out to make this film as a homage to Wallace Stegner and the enduring words he wrote in his famous ‘Wilderness Letter’ to Congress in 1960. His poetic appeal for robust and comprehensive conservation efforts of America’s wild lands gave me pause. In this current political climate his words began to take on new meaning. His plea for what wilderness can do for us is more relevant now than ever. Thousands of acres of our remaining public lands are threatened everyday. We need to stand together to protect America’s wild lands from being sold off to the highest bidder. We must preserve wilderness as a ‘means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.'”

Read the full letter and learn more about Wallace Stegner:

Produced by Avocados and Coconuts – avocadosandcoconuts.com

Director: Christopher Newman
Producer: Dalia Burde
Creative Director: Amani King
Production Coordinator: Bijan Rafie-Tari
Editor: Dana Shaw
Directors of Photography: Keenan Newman, David Bourke, Matthew Rome
1st AC: Troy Dickerson
Additional Footage: Devin Whetstone, Skysight, Kate Arizmendi
Water Camera: Stephen Amato
Aerials: Drew Kass 
Sound Recording: Luiza Sá-Davis
Music by Daniel Hart
Color: Chris Martin (Mission Film Design)
Sound Mix: Chris Konovaliv (Audiolux)
Post Producers: Jess Manning, Angie Golden Henry

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