No Man’s Land
May 7, 10 PM
Streaming May 8

No Man’s Land


About the Film

With unfettered access, filmmaker David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protesters occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities during a 41-day siege. No Man’s Land documents the occupation from inception to demise and tells the story of those on the inside of this movement, attempting to uncover what draws Americans — the ideologues, the disenfranchised, and the dangerously quixotic — to the edge of revolution.    MORE

In January of 2016, protesters gathered in Burns, Oregon to denounce the federal sentencing of two ranchers. During the protest, a group led by Ammon Bundy broke off and took over nearby Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The occupation quickly attracted a mix of right-wing militia and other dissidents. What began as a protest to condemn the sentencing morphed into a catchall for those eager to register their militant antipathy toward the federal government. The Malheur occupation drew the national spotlight, attracting media fascinated by the spectacle of cowboys and militia rebelling against the government, but also attracted the attention of the FBI, who set up a command center nearby to counter the occupiers.

During the 41-day siege, director and cinematographer Byars was granted remarkable access to the inner workings of the insurrection as the militants went about the daily business of running an armed occupation before things ultimately took a bloody turn.


The Filmmaker

David Garrett Byars made his directorial debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with No Man’s Land. Byars is also currently working with Reel Thing’s Suzan Beraza as a producer and director of photography on her upcoming film Massacre River. He joined Reel Thing Productions in 2009, working as an editor, cameraman, and sound technician on Uranium Drive-In. His additional work includes directing two short films, Self Storage, a narrative short about existential dread and redemption, and Recapture, a short documentary chronicling the attempt of right-wing activists to reclaim the federally-managed Recapture Canyon in southern Utah. LESS

Film Credits

Produced, Filmed and Directed by
DAVID GARRETT BYARS

Editor
DAVID OSIT

Producers
JEREMY CHILNICK
MORGAN SPURLOCK

Producers
DAVID HOLBROOKE
STASH WISLOCKI

Producers
DAVID OSIT
RACHEL TRAUB

Executive Producers
THOM BEERS
MICHAEL BLOOMDAN COGAN
ADAM PINCUS

Co-Executive Producer
JENNY RASKIN

Co-Producers
JIM HURST
JEFF SEELBACH

Music by
LOW

Composer
DAVID OSIT

Story Consultant
LANA WILSON

Assistant Editor and Archival Research
RAUL SANTOS

Featuring
STEVE GRASTY
HAL HERRING
JASON PATRICK
LINDA TIRADO
DAVE WARD
LES ZAITZ

Production Manager
STACEY KLEIGER

Post-Production Supervisor
ADAM SONNENFELD

Production Coordinator
KYLIE CHRISTENSEN

Additional Cinematography
JON CARROLL
AUTUMN EAKIN
MIKAI KARL
GEORGE KNOWLES
BEN MASTERS
OMAR MULLICK
FILIPP PENSON
MO SCARPELLI
DANNY SCHMIDT
STASH WISLOCKI

Field Producer
LAURA COXSON
JIM HURST

Location Sound
ABE DOLINGER
TOM HAUSER
JIM HURST
MIKE MATTHEWS
CHRIS PALMER
MO TALABA
STASH WISLOCKI

Drone Operator
NICHOLAS WOLCOTT

Consulting Editors
RICHARD HANKIN
FIONA OTWAY

Colorist
BRIAN BOYD

Sound Supervisors
TOM EFINGER
JEFF SEELYE

Re-recording Mixer
TOM EFINGER

Dialog Editor
JEFF HINTON

Sound Effects Editor
KATE BILINSKI

Foley Recordist
JEFF SEELYE

Foley Artist
SHAUN BRENNAN

Graphic Design by
TEDDY BLANKS

Motion Design by
NATIVE TO NOISE

Additional Color
OWEN RUCKER

Assistant Editor
ANTHONY CORLETO

Additional Assistant Editor
LAURIE THOMAS

Additional Sound Editing
DOMINIC BARTOLINI

Additional Music
NATHAN MICHEL
IF THOUSANDS
ODD RUMBLINGS

Production Accountant
SOPHIYA BANU

Assistant Accountant
SAMARA CHOIT

Office Manager
ANGIE SIMON

Payroll Services
ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS

Legal Services
FRANKFURT KURNIT KLEIN & SELZ PC
KAREN SHATZKIN

Transcribers
AARON BERKE
HIRA NABI
CHRISTINE PFISTER
JAMES STUART
CATHERINE TYC
SARAH WAINIO

Interns
LAUREN ALBERTI
LANEY BENSON
NKENNA IBEAKANMA
ALEX KALB
DANNY MARSHALL
BRENDAN MURRAY
MATTHEW PERLES
PERRINE PROST
ANGELICA ROYZ
FRED SCHMIDT-ARENALES
MINSUN SOHN

Sales and Distribution
SUBMARINE ENTERTAINMENT

ARCHIVAL MATERIALS PROVIDED BY
ABC
Al-Jazeera
CBS
CNN
Mike Covino
CSPAN
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fox News
Infowars
Abigail Marble
Kyle Marvin
MSNBC
Oregon Public Radio
Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center
The Oregonian
William L. Finley Papers (MSS Finley)
Williamette Week

MUSIC
"Hallowed Ground"
Written and Performed by Keen Collective
Courtesy of Marmoset Music

"Our Lives Will Never Be The Same"
Written and Performed by If Thousands
Courtesy of Silber Records

SPECIAL THANKS
ELIZABETH AI
AMAN ALI
ZESHAWN ALI
HEIDI BEIRICH
SUZAN BERAZA
ALEXANDRIA BOMBACH
TOM BOYD
LAUREN SHER BUDABIN
MARY G. AND WILLIAM P. BYARS
LYRIC CABRAL
CAMDEN/TFI DOCUMENTARY RETREAT
ROSE CHILCOAT
CHRISTINA CHOE
LAURA AND TOM CLANCY
CNN FILMS
SARAFINA DIFELICE
ANDY, TUCKER, AND VENA DUNBAR
DUNCAN EVERED
PENELOPE FALK
BARBARA GLANZNIG
KATIE GREEN
ANDY GREENBERG
YU GU
PATRICK HEALY
JEN HOKE
KITTY, SARAH, AND WILEY HOLBROOKE
IFP
ADRIANNE JEFFRIES
LEIGH JOHNSON
MYLES KANE
JARVIS KENNEDY
KATIE KLINGSPORN
JOSH KOURY
ADAM KURNITZ
PENNY LANE
AMY AND GEORGE LAWSON
PHIL LYMAN
CHRIS MAUGHAN
MICHELLE MAUGHAN
ALEXANDRA MORROW
DONAL MOSHER
CASEY NAY
STEPHANIE NICORA
MIKE PALMIERI
AMANDA PEACHER
GILIAN RAPPAPORT
JEFF REICHERT
STACEY REISS
BRADY RICHARDS
KASHA RIGBY
CARLYE RUBIN
RYAN SCAFURO
JOANNA SCARPELLI
DAVID SCHANZER
DAN SCHOENBRUN
BECK SHATLES
PATRICK SHEA
CHRISTOPHER CARSON SMITH
PAUL STURTZ
GEOFF TABIN
JASON VAN TATENHOVE
BUCK AND DALLY TAYLOR
DAVID TEAGUE
AMELIA TEMPLETON
LYNN TRUE
JULIE TURKEWITZ
JEFF UNAY
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
JIM URQUHART
LISE WARING
MALIKA ZOUHALI-WORRALL
SPENCER WORTHLEY
FEDOR ZARKHIN

Funding Provided by
TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE’S GUCCI TRIBECA DOCUMENTARY FUND
JEROME FOUNDATION
MARCEY OLAJOS
TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM’S COMMITMENT GRANT
TELLURIDE ARTS

NO MAN’S LAND is a production of Old West LLC, in association with Warrior Poets, Impact Partners, Filmmaker Fund, and Topic.

This film was produced by Old West LLC, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2017 Old West LLC. All rights reserved.

The militia who took over the Malheur Refuge believed taking up arms against the government wasn’t an act of rebellion but instead an act of patriotism. Do you agree with them, do you think they were within their rights to take this sort of stand? What did this film reveal to you that you didn't know about this movement and this event? What aspects were over-reported and what aspects were under-reported by the media?

AWARDS

  • Tribeca Film Festival
    Best Documentary Feature - Nominee
  • Gasparilla International Film Festival
    Best Documentary Feature
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
    Big Sky Award
  • Denver Film Festival
    Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary - Finalist
  • Port Townsend Film Festival
    Best Documentary Feature
  • Crested Butte Film Festival
    Special Jury Prize
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The militia who took over the Malheur Refuge believed taking up arms against the government wasn’t an act of rebellion but instead an act of patriotism. Do you agree with them, do you think they were within their rights to take this sort of stand? What did this film reveal to you that you didn't know about this movement and this event? What aspects were over-reported and what aspects were under-reported by the media?