A packed house enjoyed watching Wrenched at San Luis Obispo’s Palm Theatre on Wednesday, September 15. Seated next to the cowboy hat-wearing Edward Abbey in his red 1975 Cadillac convertible the audience headed off on a dirt road into the desert of the American Southwest.
Wrenched follows the story of Edward Abbey and a small band of friends through the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s as they fight against the destruction of the wilderness they love and call home. Abbey’s brand of anarchy, also known as monkey wrenching, involves sabotaging machines not violence against people. The story continues with the founding of Earth First! in 1980 and wraps up with Tim DeChristopher’s 2008 disruption (paper monkey wrenching) of an auction for oil and gas leases on public land in Utah’s amazing red rock region.
After the movie, Cal Poly professor and environmental attorney, Michael Jencks fielded questions and comments from the audience and shared a few stories of his own. Audience members left the theater entertained and inspired with perhaps a monkey wrenching idea or two in mind.
This is the fourth film brought to San Luis Obispo via a collaborative effort between Central Coast Bioneers and the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Thank you to those who purchased tickets. Proceeds from the screening will help support Central Coast Bioneers and the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.