Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, "Rebels with a Cause" spotlights a small group of people who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas, allocated for parks and farms, from rampant development. In doing so, they brought about America's system of national seashores and recreation areas.</br>

<br>The film begins in the 1950s and tells the tale of this disparate group of activists who, despite reversals, diversions, and disappointments, persisted in their mission for 20 years. Their cause crosses party lines, unifies seemingly antagonistic foes, and is nearly extinguished many times along the way, but is ultimately victorious.