Conscience Point
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


a film by Treva Wurmfeld

CONSCIENCE POINT is currently in production with generous support from:

 
 
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Exposing a painful, quintessentially American geography, CONSCIENCE POINT unearths a deep clash of values between the Native American Shinnecock and their elite Hamptons neighbors, who have made sacred land their playground.

 
 
 

SYNOPSIS

The Hamptons: playground of the super rich. Epicenter of a luxury property boom, with developers scheming for any scrap of land on which to make millions. Meanwhile the original inhabitants of this beautiful peninsula, the Shinnecock Indians, find themselves pushed to a point of near extinction, squeezed onto a tiny 750-acre reservation. Over hundreds of years the Shinnecock have seen their ancient burial grounds plowed up unceremoniously: for the widening of roads, golf courses and new mansions. On the reservation wounds run deep.

Rampant overdevelopment of the Hamptons is also affecting other local people, including farmers, fishermen, artists and environmentalists, who are losing their livelihood as the peninsula’s fragile ecosystem—its fishing, oyster cultivation, soil, water and air quality-- are contaminated by new construction, while living costs rise.

A long simmering tension between the wealthiest Americans and local people will come to a head in the Summer of 2018, when the world will be watching the U.S. Open golf tournament unfolding at the ultra-exclusive Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Few will have any idea that the course was literally carved out of a Shinnecock burial site. Meanwhile other locals will take on Southampton town government over issues of public land use. Few will know the full story of the Hamptons and the greed that is driving the peninsula to an environmental breaking point, with hundreds of ordinary locals forced to leave. A resonant, universal story about place, belonging and power, CONSCIENCE POINT will expose the true story that underlies the Hamptons, as local activists take a courageous stand against America's wealthiest to secure the peninsula’s future, against the odds.