Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  38 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The controversy surrounding off-road motor vehicles using public lands.


This program examines the controversial issue of off-road motor vehicle use on public lands. MOTOR documents the heavy environmental damage that jeeps, ATVs, jet skis, snowmobiles, and all the other personal motorized transportation devices coming on the market cause in areas that Congress has set aside to be preserved for future generations.

DeFelice outlines both sides of the debate with viewpoints from motorized-use advocates, public lands managers, and environmentalists, but projects a firm belief in the conservation of public lands and its resources throughout. The film suggests that people need to start taking responsibility for the protection of National Forests and National Parks in America.

'DeFelice has managed the delicate task of presenting a multi-faceted and potentially incendiary story in a straight-out and smooth way. The pace is brisk and the interviews are riveting with anecdotes, science and activism.' The Road RIPorter

'A troubling look at the devastation of recreation. This film exposes the increasing destruction of off-road vehicles on America's public lands, and the limited success of some activists who are trying to halt that damage.' Timothy McGettigan, Professor Sociology, University of Southern Colorado

'The film presents the viewer with sound science, and...lets the viewer arrive at his/her own conclusions regarding this emotional issue. The film should be required viewing for people intent on driving through the wild. The effects that motorized vehicles have on natural resources... are astounding.' Jen Woodie, Greater Yellowstone Coalition

'Those wishing a low-key, non-hysterical presentation of this topic...should seriously consider this title. Recommended' Dwain Thomas, William Rainey Harper College Library, MC Journal


Best of Category, EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Festival
Merit Award, 23rd International Wildlife Film Festival Finalist
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film Festival
Vermont International Film Festival


Main credits

DeFelice, Joe (film director)
DeFelice, Joe (film producer)
DeFelice, Joe (cinematographer)
DeFelice, Joe (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Music, Electric Skychurch, Richard Knight Osteimer.

Distributor credits

High Plains Films (Joseph DeFelice)

Joseph DeFelice

High Plains Films (Joseph DeFelice)
Joseph DeFelice

Docuseek2 subjects

U.S. Government and Politics
Environmental Law
Habitat Destruction
American Studies
Environmental Geography
Forests and Rainforests
Environmental Education
American (U.S.) Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Environmental Ethics
Forests and Rainforests
Natural Resources
Outdoor Education
Public Policy
Science, Technology, Society
Social Psychology


off-road motor vehicles, public lands, ATVs, jet skis, snowmobiles; "Motor"; Bullfrog Films

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