Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review: The First 70

I'd like to draw your attention to a short documentary that deserves the support of everybody who recognizes the importance of shared public space, and of preserving access to every kind of natural and historical treasure. The film, called The First 70, follows the immediate aftermath of California's appalling decision last year to close a quarter of their 278 state parks.

The film follows three young adults who traveled up and down California documenting the impact that these closures would have on individuals and their communities, as well as the likely fate of these parks once there's no longer anybody taking care of them. They also convey effectively why the decision was shamefully short-sighted, and unlikely to save the state any money whatsoever.

Maureen and I recently had the good fortune to watch the film in its entirety, but most screenings are taking place in California. Nevertheless, I recommend tracking it down, if you can. It's an important and beautifully shot film, which leaves plenty to be hopeful for. You can watch the trailer HERE.

Even if you're not in California, an important lesson of the film is the need to stay vigilant about the situation of our public spaces everywhere. Don't wait to act until it's too late. Let your state and local politicians know that it's in everybody's interest to keep these resources available and maintained at all times, no matter the political or economic climate we happen to find ourselves in.

Watch the trailer here

Visit the website here

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