BACK TO NATURE Film Series – March 8, 2014
Starting at 3 pm in the Dogwood Theater at Columbia College
7 mins – Clearcutting in California (documentary)
6 mins – Wolf Film
A new documentary film produced to honor the 150th anniversary of the landmark act signed by Abraham Lincoln to preserve Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
52 mins – Rewilding America: Lessons Learned from the Cape Cod Bear (documentary) by Maryanne Galvin
In May 2012,
a Massachusetts black bear altered the course of history. He captured the imagination, attention and hearts of kids and grown-ups, from backyard to newscasts, twitter to television, tourists to law
enforcement, all hoping to catch a glimpse or even capture the elusive bear himself. The film chronicles this bear’s journey, in the context of debates about human co-existence with wildlife. Melding humor and hard hitting facts, the doc offers a range of perspectives: a veterinarian, wildlife biologist, zoo curator, cub rescuer, NH hunter, park rangers, a Cape Cod nature writer and a Provincetown entrepreneur.
30 mins – California State Parks by David Vassar (documentary by director/producer of Spirit of Yosemite)
The story of California State Parks is the story of California. It is also the story of the ‘park idea’ and how it spread from California across the country and around the world. The scenic beauty and historic sites that California State Parks protect celebrate our heritage, and helps define what it means to be a Californian,” said David Vassar. “In California Forever, we hope to encourage viewers to explore state parks in their neighborhoods and across California; to remind them of the priceless legacy that parks protect and to honor the individuals and groups who fought so hard to preserve them over the last 160 years.
5 -5:35 pm Dinner Break
80 mins – The Fight for Water: A Farmworkers Struggle (documentary) by Juan Carlos Osequera
The Fight for W
ater: A Farm Worker Struggle highlights the start of the California Water Crisis as it affected a farming community who rose-up in 2009 in a march to fight for their water.
One filmmaker, who happened to live in the impacted part of the valley, set out to film this event and document their struggle; exposing, along the way, class, social and environmental politics behind water access and distribution in California.
20 minute Q&A
4 mins – Roadkill Redemption (animation) by Karl Hadrika
60 mins – Assault on El Capitan (documentary) by Jeff Vargen
Ammon McNeely is a: Skydiver, Wing Suit Pilot, Skateboarder, Slack Liner, BASE Jumper and Big Wall Climber. With over 75 El Cap ascents by 62 different routes Ammon is one of the fastest and best-known climbers in the world. Holder of 15 speed climbing records on El Capitan, he along with Kait Barber, is the only team to complete the second ascent of Wings of Steel. Known as The El Cap Pirate, Ammon is carrying on the tradition of great adventurers and iconoclasts.
In July of 2011, 42 year old Ammon and Kait his 22 year old his girlfriend set out to climb the never repeated route of Wings of Steel on Yosemite’s El Capitan. Wings sat unclimbed since the first ascent in 1982. Shrouded in controversy and with a bounty waiting for the second ascent team, there seemed to be no better person to climb it than Ammon. But was Kait the best choice for a partner? This climb would test of their ability and their relationship.
Logging over 500 feet of falls, a dislocated shoulder and more than one breakdown, Ammon presses on up the wall. Kait sits anxiously on a portaledge watching the person she loves suffer fall after fall. For 13 days Ammon and Kait fight on and up.
The story of Wings of Steel is part legend and part myth. The first ascent team spent 39 days climbing the controversial route. The result – death threats, physical assaults and a slander campaign that polarized the Yosemite climbing community for over 30 years. Combined with footage shot during their ascent and told through interviews with the first ascent team, their detractors, climbing historians and Ammon and Kait, the truth about the most controversial climb in Yosemite history is finally told.
Assault on El Capitan features some of the best-known climbers in the world.Ammon McNeely – Kait Barber – Ron Kauk – Hans Florine – Eric Kohl -Ken Yager – Peter Haan – Chris McNamara – Steve Grossman and Gabriel McNeely
20 minute Q&A
87 mins – Mile, Mile and a Half (documentary) by Jason Fitzpatrick, Ric Serena
In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous U.S.). Their
goal — complete the journey in 25 days while capturing the amazing sights & sounds they encounter along the way. Inspired by their bond, humor, artistry & dedication, the group continues to grow: to include other artists, musicians & adventure seekers. Before they all reach the summit, hikers and viewers alike affirm the old adage — it’s about the journey, not the destination. Mile… Mile & A Half is the feature-length documentary of that journey… – See more at: http://themuirproject.com/mmah/film/#sthash.ItCvdEMQ.dpuf
NOTE: Concludes between 10 and 10:30 pm