I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing project. As the associate producer and marketing manager of “The Devil’s Road,” a feature length documentary by Broken Wagon Films, I’m here to tell you all to check out this cool project.
The filming of the preliminary expedition begins in just 4 days, when the crew will depart from Santa Cruz, California, traveling on the long road south bound for Baja California. During this stint of the journey, the crew (producer, director, and scientific director) will travel the length of the Baja Peninsula and visiting a number of islands off its coast, in both the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. They plan to give insight into these strange and beautiful places, inspire conservation of it’s incredibly unique and rapidly diminishing environment and wildlife, and provide an intimate exploration through the heart of Baja and its natural history–all while keeping alive the work of two pioneering naturalists, Edward W. Nelson and Edward A. Goldman (my great, great granduncle!).
“The Devil’s Road” is very multifaceted. It is part historical documentary, part journey through the past and through my own personal history. It is very much an adventure film and at its paramount it is an homage to this unique and beautiful place–and a call to action to preserve it.
You can be a part of this journey by following along on the blog, or by helping support the main expedition, set to launch in 2017.
See the film synopsis below.
Following a route taken by several naturalists over a hundred years prior, a group of present-day adventurers embark on an expedition to document the beautiful and unforgiving landscape of today’s Baja California.
Edward W. Nelson (left) and Edward A. Goldman
In 1905, two American naturalists set out on horseback across the remote deserts of Baja California, Mexico. Their 2,000-mile expedition was the first of its kind to span the entire peninsula and complete a comprehensive survey of Baja’s flora and fauna.
President Theodore Roosevelt praised Edward William Nelson that he was, “one of the keenest naturalists [he has] ever met and a man of singularly balanced development.” And the work that the two naturalist did in Mexico has been described as “among the most important ever achieved by two workers for any single country.”
Zig-zagging from coast to coast across the desolate interior, Edward William Nelson and Edward Alphonso Goldman described plants and animals unknown to science. One hundred years later, Goldman’s ancestors return to Baja to retrace the steps of this landmark expedition, and document the changing nature of this strange and beautiful landscape.
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