THE LAST STAND: HEROES AT BALLONA WETLANDS is a short film dealing with the high profile preservation and development controversy in Southern California. This spirited film includes highlights from earlier versions as well as well as dramatic new footage covering the excavation of native American remains and artifacts at the development site. It highlights the successful efforts by ordinary citizens that have resulted in the saving of over half of the Ballona Wetlands in Los Angeles, Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach. and part of Madrona Marsh in Torrance. The film contains the wide ranging views and actions of scientists, environmentalists, native Americans, politicians and community activists. The film includes Martin Sheen risking arrest, Actor/activist removing developers fence and Tom Haydn’s Here’s the money speech, as well as interviews with U.S. Rep Maxine Waters at excavation site and actor Esai Morales discovering the wetlands.
In 2013, the Ballona Wetlands is again under threat of development again.
Telly Award for the Public Television series, NATURAL HEROES, airing in 2004 and 2005
Best Doc at the ION Film Festival
Semi-finalist award at Action Cuts Short Film Festival
Produced by: Sheila A. Laffey
Hosted by Ed Asner
Music by Joni Mitchell and Joe Walsh