The God Squad provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at the competing concerns and hidden politics underlying federal environmental policymaking. The one-hour documentary examines the Endangered Species Committee's controversial 1992 decision to allow federal timber sales in protected Northern Spotted Owl habitat. For the first time in history, the cabinet-level committee selected economic interests over the survival of a species. Although the proceedings ostensibly focused on the owl and a limited number of timber sales, the controversy was a microcosm of a much larger debate concerning the fate of the Pacific Northwest's ancient forest, the integrity of the Endangered Species Act and even the protection of biodiversity around the globe. The story-behind-the-story -- told in surprisingly candid interviews with high-level government officials including EPA Administrator William Reilly, scientists-turned-whistleblowers and people in rural communities in Oregon -- is a fascinating cautionary tale.
This award-winning documentary premiered at the Denver International Film Festival, and has screened at venues including the California Academy of Sciences, the International Wildlife Film Festival and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
The God Squad was made possible through grants from the Panavision New Filmmaker Program, Film Arts Foundation, Nu Lambda Trust, Pacific Pioneer Fund, Eastman Kodak, Aaton Des Autres and individual donors.
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Music from the Film, The God Squad , composed by Bobby Lurie, has been released on compact disk. The films emotionally resonant score uses the incredible guitar work of Robby Aceto and Mr. Luries drums in a series of sketches that speak to the heart of the political and environmental issues raised by the documentary. The music was re-conceptualized and mixed for the CD by Robby Aceto.
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