If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day this year, here’s an option.
The film was directed by UCA graduates Terrell Case, Timothy Wistrand and Corey Gattin. Assistant professor of anthropology Brian Campbell wrote the screenplay and produced the film. It documents residents in the Ozarks who successfully fought the aerial application of herbicides by the US Forest Service in the 1970s and their more recent battle with Carroll Electric.
Case, who graduated in 2010, said that the documentary started out as a school project that turned into something else. It was made with no budget, no outside funding and the only equipment that was used was borrowed or owned by the directors, he said.
The film screened at the 2011 Little Rock Film Festival and was the opening night film at the 2011 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. It also won Best Documentary at the 2011 SFAA Applied Video Festival in Seattle and made its Louisiana debut at the 2012 Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival in Lafayette.
Case said that the film has screened “dozens of times” around Arkansas, including in the Ozarks and central and western Arkansas. He also said that he and the other filmmakers are trying to buy more DVDs and that they hope to get the film onto PBS.
“We’re just trying to get it out there as much as possible,” he said.
The documentary also had Earth Day screenings Tuesday at University of the Ozarks and yesterday at Arkansas Tech University.
At the screening tonight, the directors will sell copies of DVDs, which they will sign along with Campbell and the “characters” featured in the film.
Here’s the trailer for the film.