Last night, Keen brought its road-tripping ways to the Big Apple for a screening of its “Live Monumental” documentary about the protection of public lands.
In summer 2015, members of the Keen team traveled more than 7,500 miles on a road trip in a bright-yellow 1976 GMC RV.
The Live Monumental tour, which started in Keen’s hometown of Portland, Ore., and finished in Washington, D.C., visited five U.S. natural wonders in need of protection: the Mojave Desert in California, Owyhee Canyonlands in Oregon, the Birthplace of Rivers in West Virginia, Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho and Gold Butte in Nevada.
Since the campaign launched, it has scored two victories: The Mojave Desert was designated a national monument, and Boulder-White Clouds has secured wilderness protection.
And along the way, the Keen team collected thousands of hours of footage, which they turned into a short documentary about their cause. Watch the trailer for the film here:
The film debuted in April on Earth Day. And this summer, Keen hit the road one more time in its yellow RV for a film tour to 10 cities, including New York.
For its Big Apple visit, Keen toured the city with (in the form of an impersonator) New York native and 26th U.S. president, Teddy Roosevelt, who was Keen’s muse during the road trip. (Roosevelt knows a little bit about land preservation: He named five national monuments during his time in office and protected roughly 230 million acres.)
Keen has two more stops left on its film tour. The RV will visit Johnson City, Tenn., on July 15 and Asheville, N.C., on July 17.