From the moment David Brower first laid eyes on the beauty of the Yosemite Valley, he wanted to the fight to preserve the American wilderness for future generations.
The story of a true American legend, Monumental documents the life of this outdoorsman, filmmaker and environmental crusader, whose fiery dedication and activism not only saved the Grand Canyon (among other accomplishments) but also transformed the Sierra Club into a powerful national political force, giving birth to the modern environmental movement.
Seen through Brower's own eyes - he was an accomplished filmmaker, and his stunning footage is included here-- a 1956 raft trip down Glen Canyon, before its damming, evokes the awful sadness of losing public land we've failed to protect. And in period footage of Brower's early rock-climbs (done in sneakers, with hemp ropes) and of his training in the 10th Mountain Division (who defeated the Nazis in the high Alps).
If you've ever wondered what a single person can do against the relentless onslaught of development, wait until you see the charismatic and enigmatic Brower push the 1964 Wilderness Act through Congress, and then go on to save the Grand Canyon from damming and help create Redwoods National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore. Brower emerges as an unlikely and inspiring national hero.
Stylish and substantial enough to prompt even a couch potato to action, Kelly Duane's 'Monumental' delivers a stirring account of the life and times of Brower. --Variety
He has accomplished more through the force of one man's will than any of his breed since John Muir. --The Los Angeles Times
Mr. Brower was widely regarded as one of the most articulate and powerful conservationists of the 20th Century. --The New York Times