PEEC Hosts ‘Wrenched’ Screening At Reel Deal

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The documentary Wrenched delves into Edward Abbey’s most famous and influential work of fiction, The Monkey Wrench Gang, which came to be known for its protest of environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a special screening of the movie at 6:30 p.m., March 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Special guest Jack Loeffler, a close friend of Abbey’s, will introduce the film and answer questions prior to the screening.

Wrenched reveals how Abbey forever changed the course of the environmental movement. Tapping Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and humor, Wrenched explores the history of monkeywrenching and the motivation behind these acts. It features candid interviews with Abbey’s close friends, those who inspired his most memorable characters.

Outraged by the degradation of the American Southwest, they pioneered a radical form of environmental activism, a blueprint for “wrenching the system.” Abbey’s writing became a call to action for the generation of conservationists who came of age in the ’70s and ’80s. Wrenched follows the exploits of these determined monkeywrenchers as they cross legal and ethical lines to defend the land.

Abbey and Loeffler were compañeros for decades. Abbey asked Loeffler to be his ‘chroniclar’ and after Abbey’s death, Loeffler wrote ‘Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey’ published by UNM Press.

Tickets can be purchased at the Reel Deal before the show. They are $10 for adults or $8 for seniors, students and children. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit or contact the organization at or 505.662.0460.