In May 2011, the State of California announced plans to close one quarter of its 278 parks. The closure list included thousands of acres of park land, recreation areas, wildlife reserves, and half of the state's historic parks. Upon learning that the state would save merely $22 million with these closures—while undermining local economies—three young filmmakers set out to visit the 70 parks that were doomed to close.
Along the 3,000 mile trek, they capture both the majesty of the state’s parks and the outrage of local community members, park rangers, and environmental activists who are confounded by the State’s financial logic, yet determined to keep these wondrous expanses of beauty open to the public. THE FIRST 70 is an awe-inspiring journey through California’s historic and natural treasures that highlights the ongoing fight to keep them open for future generations.
State Park Grassroots Champion Award - The California State Parks Foundation
Official Selection - Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival (2012)
Official Selection - Carmel Art & Film Festival (2012)
Official Selection - Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (2012)
Official Selection - Red Rock Film Festival
Official Selection - DOCUTAH Film Festival
Official Selection - Feel Good Film Festival
Official Selection - Twin Rivers Media Festival (2012)
CLICK HERE to read an interview with Kessler University and the director of The First 70, Jarratt Moody.