Elk River Arts & Lectures is now selling tickets to a special screening of the feature-length documentary film, Wrenched: The Legacy of the Monkey Wrench Gang, at the Dulcie Theatre on Thursday, November 20, at 7 pm. Doug Peacock will make a guest appearance to introduce the film; Peacock was a close friend of Edward Abbey, and served as the model for George Washington Hayduke in Abbey’s novel.
Produced by filmmaker ML Lincoln, Wrenched “reveals how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, ML Lincoln captures the outrage of Abbey’s friends who were the original eco-warriors.”
In addition to Peacock, Lincoln interviews the rest of the Gang: Ken Sleight who was the basis for Seldom Seen Smith, and Ingrid Eisenstadter, upon whom Abbey modeled Bonnie Abzug. Long-time Abbey friends participated in the project, including ethnographer and Beat writer Jack Loeffler, expressionist painter John DuPuy, and Ken Sanders (infamous river rat and proprietor of Ken Sander’s Rare Books). Also appearing are author Terry Tempest Williams, the late, great southwest journalist Chuck Bowden, Earth First! founder Dave Foreman and Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, among many others.
In addition to Lincoln, the crew included Emmy Award-winning editor Patrick Gambuti Jr., and consulting producer Kurt Engfehr, who worked on two of Michael Moore’s films, including the Oscar winning Bowling for Columbine.
Tickets for the showing are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston. Proceeds will go to benefit Elk River Arts & Lectures, a non-profit (501c3 status pending) organization that seeks to bring writers to Livingston for free public readings, and also to provide opportunities for those writers to interact with local public school students.