Streaming available September 23-26


This screening will be offered free of charge with a suggested donation of $20. Proceeds will directly benefit Aspen Film and Wilderness Workshop, two of the Roaring Fork Valley’s venerable nonprofit organizations.


In a time of growing polarization, Americans still share something in common: 640 million acres of public land. Held in trust by the federal government for all citizens of the United States, these places are a stronghold against climate change, sacred to native people, home to wildlife and intrinsic to our national identity. But today, despite support from voters across the political spectrum, they face unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. Part love letter, part political exposé, PUBLIC TRUST investigates how we arrived at this precarious moment through three heated conflicts—a national monument in the Utah desert, a proposed mine in the Boundary Waters and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and makes a case for their continued protection.


Click here to download the PUBLIC TRUST Take Action Guide.

The film screening will be followed by a recorded panel discussion featuring Angelo Baca + Judy Fox-Perry and will be moderated by Will Roush, Executive Director of Wilderness Workshop.

Will Roush
Will joined WW in the summer of 2009 to inventory lands for citizen wilderness proposals. He worked as an organizer and advocate for efforts to designate additional wilderness and protect the Thompson Divide. He also conducted outreach and advocacy for WW’s federal lands policy work, organized the Naturalist Nights winter speaker series, started the restoration program, and led the work to move water rights for dams on Castle and Maroon Creeks out of those two iconic valleys. Will served as Conservation Director for four years before becoming Executive Director. In this role Will leads an amazing team and collaborates with staff to determine and execute conservation priorities and programs, raise funds for the organization and oversee its community and outreach programs. Will grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and has a Master’s in Geography and Environmental Science examining the impact of climate change on alpine ecosystems.

Angelo Baca 

Angelo is a cultural activist, scholar, filmmaker and currently a doctoral student in anthropology at New York University. The National Parks Conservation Association recently designated him as one of “10 Under 40” dynamic cultural activists who make up the association’s Next Generation Advisory Council. He has published a widely read op-ed in the New York Times. Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears is Angelo Baca’s latest award-winning film about the five tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition that worked together to protect 1.9 million acres of Utah wilderness through a national monument designation. As a PhD student in the department of anthropology at New York University, he has research interests in indigenous international repatriation, indigenous food sovereignty, and sacred lands protection. His work reflects dedication to Indigenous research with Indigenous communities on equal and respectful terms in a collaborative fashion. He is also recipient of the NYU Malcolm X/Martin Luther King, Jr. NIA Award as Co-President Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU assisting in facilitating an Indigenous Studies Program minor at the institution and on the selection committee for the Chief Diversity Officer at NYU.

Judy Fox-Perry

Born and raised in Denver, Judy has lived her adult life on a working ranch on the Thompson Divide near Carbondale, CO. She earned a B.S. degree in Forestry, specializing in Range Management and worked on BLM lands for several years inventorying plants and assessing grazing use. Judy spent the majority of her adult career as a librarian, art teacher, and kayak instructor at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. She has enjoyed a lifetime of access and appreciation for public lands through hiking, climbing and camping and leading trips for high school students on rivers and in the mountains and deserts.