A documentary about the junkyard that blemishes the highest peak on Mount Tamalpais was posted online on Friday -- Valentine's Day.
The 22-minute film debuted Thursday in Mill Valley to an enthusiastic crowd that packed a sold-out Throckmorton Theater. Tomales Miwok Sky Road Webb lead the crowd in native prayer chants.
The documentary, a collaboration by filmmaker Gary Yost, music executive George Daly and actor Peter Coyote, focuses on the remnants of the military's 30-year stay on land native Miwoks regarded as holy ground. The West Peak of Mount Tamalpais was bulldozed six decades ago to make way for a radar station and barracks accommodating 300.
The 106-acre plateau carved at the top is now riddled with two dozen dilapidated structures that include a bowling alley and sewage facility as well as acres of foundation slabs, power lines, pipes and utility poles, as well as miles of fencing.
The film launches an ambitious cleanup drive that will be overseen by the Tamalpais Land Collaborative, a new consortium of local, state and federal land managers. The county, last in line to sign up, is expected to join the Marin Municipal Water District and state and federal parks agency collaborative this month.
The filmmakers will explain how they made the documentary at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 during a forum at the Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley. Included will be a demonstration of time lapse cinematography techniques used in the film, how an animated reconstruction of the mountain took shape, and an explanation about music, narration and soundtrack, scriptwriting and research.
The film weaves newsreel clips, interviews of key players and stunning images of what remains Marin's highest spot at 2,574 feet. Daly's soundtrack includes music by British composer Michael Hoppe as well as Ron Alan Cohen of Mill Valley. Coyote's narration laces the project.
The film provides a historical overview as well as a spiritual perspective, aiming to generate a profound sense of the desecration of sacred ground.
More information is available at www.invisiblepeak.com. To donate to cleanup efforts, send checks to Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, 201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, 94123. Write "Tamalpais" on the check memo line.