Public Trust - Live Q&A



Home Viewing Tue, May 19, 2020 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:FREE EVENT
Film Info
Is Q&A:True
Programs:New American Visions
Runtime:30 min


Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00pm: Join MSPIFF, Public Trust director David Garrett Byars, producer Jeremy Rubingh, and Spencer Shaver (Conservation Director, Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters) for a live Q&A and conversation about the film and to take your questions.

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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.

About the film


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.