Conscience Point

Conscience Point

  • BY Treva Wurmfeld | IN Civil Rights
    Premiered November 18, 2019

About the Film

Beneath the mystique of The Hamptons, among the wealthiest zip codes in the U.S., lies the history of the area's original inhabitants, the Shinnecock Indian Nation, who were edged off their land over the course of hundreds of years, relocated to an impoverished reservation, and condemned to watch their sacred burial grounds plowed to make way for mega-mansions and marquee attractions like the exclusive Shinnecock Hills Golf Club--five-time host of the U.S. Open and literally carved out of a sacred Shinnecock burial ground MORE

Conscience Point tracks this fractured history alongside the spirited path of one woman determined to make a stand: Shinnecock activist Rebecca “Becky” Hill-Genia who, together with other determined tribal members and allies, has waged a relentless, years-long battle to protect the land and her tribe’s cultural heritage from the ravages of development and displacement. Now both the Shinnecock Nation and town residents face a new challenge; the onslaught of elite newcomers who threaten the very place they intend to cherish. 

 The Filmmaker 

Treva Wurmfeld made her feature directorial debut with Shepard & Dark, about playwright Sam Shepard. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and won top awards at the Woodstock International Film Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Florida Film Festival. That year, Wurmfeld was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Shepard & Dark, released by Music Box films in the Fall of 2013, was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and Wurmfeld was nominated for the Camera d'Or prize. Previously Wurmfeld shot and produced for the Emmy Award-winning A&E series Intervention and wrote and directed the short film Oyster in 2007. She also produced and directed a short documentary The Hama Hama Way, and received her MFA from Hunter College in 2006. LESS

Film Credits

Written & Directed by
Treva Wurmfeld

Produced by
Treva Wurmfeld
Julianna Brannum
Alli Hunter Joseph

Supervising Producer
David Eisenberg

Executive Producers
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen

Cinematography by
Nausheen Dadabhoy
Nadia Hallgren
Treva Wurmfeld

Edited by
Brian Johnson, ACE
Treva Wurmfeld

Garth Stevenson

Konstantine Beladidze
Chenae Bullock
Bonnie M. Cannon
Charles Certain
Jennifer E. Cuffee-Wilson
Louis Cuffee
Kelly Dennis
Avery Dennis 
Denise Silva-Dennis
Corey Dolgon
Kenaau Anoosusqua Eleazer
Joe Farrell
Lance A. Gumbs
Holly Haile-Thompson
Bill Halsey
Johanna Halsey
Fred Havemeyer
T. Rainbow Hill
Nasha Hill 
Pesha Hill
Rebecca Hill-Genia
Linda Kabot
Jo-Ann Mclean
Chip Moran
Toshaq Koudquadtash Monchaseh
Jay Schneiderman
George Stankovich
Henry Swan
Janine Tinsley Roe
Margo Thunderbird
Reuben Bess Valdez 
Harry B. Wallace
Shane Weeks
Ray Wellen
Michael White
Mary Wilson

Charles Certain

Additional Cinematography by
Melissa C. O’Brien
Lee Strauss

Drone Operators
Dell Callum
Charles Certain
Matthew Ballard

Camera Assistant
Sarinah Simons

Sound Recording
Djim Reynolds

Additional Editing by
Greg King
Glen Michel

Additional Producer
Amanda Spain

Post Production Facilities
Fancy Film
Wheelhouse Creative

Post Production Sound Services
Gramercy Post

Production Legal Services
Tara J. Sattler

Bruce Wrigley

Archival Materials Provided by
ABC7 News
Dana Shaw
David Bun Martine
East Hampton Library
Ellsworth Kelly Photographs provided by Mathew Marks Gallery
Getty Images
Karola Ritter
Rainbow Hill
New York Times
News12 Long Island
Southampton Historical Museum
The Southampton Press
William Merritt Chase

Special Thanks
Daniel J. Chalfen
Benjamin Chavis
Ann Chwatsky
Kate Coe
Jeremy Dennis
Jay A. Diesing
John Halsey
Deborah Hare
Hillary Hare
Neepoh Hill
Jennifer Keller
Daniel Lester
Chris Liles
Tim Moran
Jessica Marlow
Shaun Miller
North Sea Fire Department Carnival and Fireworks
Peconic Land Trust
Minerva Perez
Patricia & Angie Perez
Joan Ranieri-Certain
Sage Ranieri-Certain
Magdalena Schneiderman
Ruben Schneiderman
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
Shinnecock Indian Powwow
Shinnecock Indian Nation
Julie Stone
John Strong
Anna Throne-Holst
Southampton Town Hall and Government
Town of Southampton Adult Daycare
United States Golf Association
Rachel Valdez-Castillo
John Lee Washburn
Steven T. Washburn
Ann Welker

In Memory of
Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile & Grace Valdez-Smith

Fiscal Sponsor
Film Independent

Production Support by
Sanford and Rella Stuart-Hunt Wurmfeld
Jeremy and Kate Wurmfeld
Stephen Firestone

Funding Provided by
Dolan Family Foundation
International Documentary Association Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund
Doug Liman
Native Arts and Culture Foundation
Beth Joan Lief and Michael Howard Simonson
Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda
Frank and Holly Bergon

Original Series Funding Provided by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

CONSCIENCE POINT is a co-production of Conscience Point Film, LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

CONSCIENCE POINT is produced by Conscience Point Film, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2019 Conscience Point Film, LLC. All rights reserved.

Whose land is it anyway? How much did you know about the history of the Hamptons and the famous Shinnecock golf course before seeing this film?


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Whose land is it anyway? How much did you know about the history of the Hamptons and the famous Shinnecock golf course before seeing this film?