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MAD RIVER: Hard Times in Humboldt County


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MAD RIVER is a portrait of a rural community facing environmental and economic disaster. Humboldt County is in the middle of the richest timberland in America. Redwoods 300 feet tall, 400 tons, 2,000 years old末the tallest trees in the world grow here. Once this forest seemed limitless. But over-cutting and the expansion of Redwood National Park have created a crisis in the redwoods. On one side are the environmentalists. On the other are two of the largest timber corporations in the country. Caught in the middle are thousands of timber workers, their families and a vanishing way of life.

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YEAR OF RELEASE
1982

RUNTIME
54 min

FILM CREDITS
Produced and Directed by
Mark Freeman
Clair Schoen
Jack Wilson

Produced in association with KCSM
Made possible in part by support from CPB


AWARDS & REVIEWS
"...A good solid job of filmmaking....Informative, impartial and interesting" Terrence O'Flarety SF Chronicle

"More than a documentary MAD RIVER is a piece of contemporary history." Studs Terkel

MAD RIVER goes to the heart of the question. The issues isn't jobs vs. environment. The issue is the environment vs. short term profits." Joseph Fontain, (Former) Sierra Club President

"...recreates a remarkable drama." Patricia Aufderheide In These Times

"MAD RIVER is the story of real people in a real situation....This should be required viewing for anyone who works for a living." William W. Winpinsinger (Former) International President, Int'l Assoc. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

SCREENING AND BROADCAST
PBS Series Crisis-to-Crisis
Chicago International Film Fest末CERTIFICATE of MERIT
International Festival on Environmental Problems末DIPLOMA
National Educ. Film & Video Festival末GOLD APPLE
American Film and Video Fest末RED RIBBON
Festival dei Popoli (Italy)
Melbourne Film Festival (Australia)
Mill Valley Film Festival
Nature, Man and His Environment (Italy)
Redwood Coalition Artistic Achievement Award



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