Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sun, Jul 9, 2017 7:00 PM
Event Info
Dialogue:director David Byars
Series Info
Series:Vino Vérité
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:80 mins
Director:David Byars
Year Released:2017
Production Country:USA


Tickets now on sale for Members. Public sale: noon, Wednesday, June 13

Presented by Bread Garden Market, Little Village and FilmScene

DIALOGUE: Director David Byars in person.
Sunday, July 9, 7pm

An incendiary, first-hand look at the battle raging between the patriots movement and the US federal government, No Man's Land is a remarkably timely piece of filmmaking. The twelfth selection of our Vino Vérité series.

The Vino Vérité series features talented new voices and established filmmakers influenced by the vérité tradition in person to present their thought-provoking, chance-taking, and visually-arresting films. Each selection is paired with hand-selected wines from Bread Garden Market.

Tickets: $25 public / $20 for members. Includes wine tasting, film, hors d'oeuvres and filmmaker reception.

6:30 Hors d'oeuvres & wine tasting
7:00 Theater open for seating
7:15 Screening  
8:45 Reception with filmmaker, wine and dessert


"You literally feel the bullets fly in David Byars’ documentary about the 41-day occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016 by right-wingers opposed to the federal government."Hollywood Reporter

With deep, intimate access, director David Byars details the dramatic standoff between ranchers and the federal government over land rights int he American West. Bitter antagonism between right-wing militia and the government over issues of private vs public interest boils over into rebellion in Oregon. As armed "patriot" protestors occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Byars is already embedded. There he stays as the crisis unfolds culminating in the thrilling climax that results in the arrest and acquittal of occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy, which leads another man dead.

No Man's Land is both a story of what remains of the American frontier, and a snapshot of our current political moment rife with anger between citizens and a government that many feel does not represent their best interests. Illuminating and incendiary, the film looks through an unfiltered window into the frontline of an intensifying ideological battle.


David Garrett Byars will make his directorial debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with NO MAN’S LAND, a documentary about the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that sparked international headlines. Byars is also currently working with Reel Thing’s Suzan Beraza as a producer and director of photography on her upcoming film MASSACRE RIVER. He joined Reel Thing Productions in 2009, working as an editor, cameraman, and sound technician on URANIUM DRIVE-IN. Byars additional work includes directing two short films, SELF STORAGE, a narrative short about existential dread and redemption, and RECAPTURE, a short documentary chronicling the attempt of right-wing activists to reclaim the federally-managed Recapture Canyon in southern Utah.

Tribeca Film Festival (2017) — World Premiere
Montclair Film Festival (2017) — Official Selection
AFI Docs (2017) — Official Selection

"Byars's fly-on-the-wall approach ... lays bare the macho posturing at play here, and how it ratcheted up the tension in an already heightened situation." —Flavorwire

"An auspicious beginning for a first-time feature filmmaker. It goes beyond stereotypes and soundbites to see into the hearts and minds of a group of people often misunderstood by the majority of Americans. That in and of itself is fascinating, but if it also helps us see across the United States’ current cultural divide, then even better." —Filmmaker Magazine

Vino Verite presented by Bread Garden Market and Little Village