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PBS Premiere: June 30, 2000


In December 1997, Julia Hill climbed a thousand-year-old redwood tree vowing to not come down until it was saved from being clear-cut. She lived 180 feet off the ground for more than two years, galvanizing an already intense dispute over the fate of Northern California’s old-growth forests. Wolens’ film is a primer on forest issues and direct-action environmentalism, but most of all, it is about the spiritual journey of a determined, articulate woman nicknamed Butterfly who saved an ancient tree she called Luna. (53 minutes)

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TAGS: california, earth first, environment, environmental movement, logging, old-growth forests, sustainability, tree, women

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Film Information

Butterfly (53 min.)

Premiere Date: June 30, 2000

Streaming Dates: Expired

Trailer: Link

Filmmaker: Doug Wolens Bio | Interview


Doug Wolens
Doug Wolens

Critical Acclaim

Through the film there's no narration or interviewer; the viewer just goes along, chronologically, for the ride with Hill. Regardless of what you think about cutting down old growth forests, another theme comes through: passion.”

— Diane Eicher, Denver Post

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