David Garrett Byars

David Byars made his directorial debut in 2017 with the multiple award-winning film No Man's Land (Tribeca FF, Independent Lens), a documentary about the 2016 militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Byars also produced and lensed Massacre River, (Hot Docs 2019, ITVS, PBS, Mountainfilm 2019) Mountainfilm Festival Director Suzan Beraza’s film about statelessness in the Dominican Republic. Byars then turned his eye to macro issues, producing, directing and lensing Public Trust the multiple award-winning epic about America’s public lands, and We the Power (Mountainfilm 2021), a film about energy mavericks in Europe that has been widely adopted as a model for community action to transform the energy grid in Europe. Byars newest film is called The Shit-Thropocene (Mountainfilm 2024), a mock anthropological investigation into why everything has gone to shit.

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