Public Trust


Digital Screening Room Wed, May 6, 2020 12:00 PM
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Special Presentations
Social Justice
Release Year:2020
Runtime:95 min
Print Source:Patagonia Films
Director:David Garrett Byars
Executive Producer:Robert Redford
Yvon Chouinard
Alex Lowther
Monika McClure and Josh Nielsen
Producer:Jeremy Hunter Rubingh
Cinematographer:David Garrett Byars
Drew Xanthopoulos
Screenwriter:Lyman Smith
Editor:Lyman Smith
Composer:Stephanie Nicora
Bill Reynolds
Filmography:No Man's Land (2017)


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

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There are 640 million acres of public land in the United States. But there are powerful forces, both in government and in corporate America, eager to plunder this bounty in David Garrett Byars’ eye-opening documentary.

As more and more wealth becomes concentrated in the hands of the very wealthy, it would seem that for all Americans--rich or poor--our public lands would be sacrosanct. David Garrett Byars’s Public Trust pulls back the curtain to reveal the machinations behind efforts to steal and manipulate these lands, to drain them of natural resources or outright take them. The director travels to Alaska, into the red rock canyons of southern Utah, and north to Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, and exposes a land war going on under our very noses.

Director Biography

David Garrett Byars

David Garrett Byars made his directorial debut with No Man's Land (2017), a documentary about the 2016 standoff with federal agents at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Public Trust (2020) is his most recent film.