PBS / Documentary Channel / Netflix / Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere
From the moment David Brower first witnessed the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was tied to the fight to preserve the American wilderness for future generations. Monumental is the story of a true American legend, an artist, a publisher, a filmmaker and a zealous crusader whose fiery dedication and activism inspired the environmental movement.
Directed, Written and produced by Kelly Duane de la Vega
Edited by Nathaniel Dorsky, Anne Flatte, and Tony Saxe
Executive Producer Brian Maxwell
"Stylish and substantial... delivers a stirring and visually dense account of the life and times of Brower...Wilderness footage makes [Monumental] richly cinematic, but it's not merely inserted. A crack team of gifted editors and a wondrous soundtrack of various bands playing dreamy rock give Brower's and friend Martin Litton's lensing a blissful lift."
Robert Koehler, Variety
"An engrossing study in the power, and the perils, of charismatic single- mindedness...Duane's research is exhaustive and informative, but the film's real pleasures are Brower's own Sierra Club movies of majestic mountains, canyons and forests."
- Won Best Environmental Documentary at Vermont International Film Festival
- Won Best Environmental Documentary at the Wine Country Film Festival
- Nominated for Emmy Best Documentary West
- Nominated for Best Documentary at the Environmental Media Awards, LA