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Virtual Cinema: 2021 Mountainfilm on Tour From Thursday, January 28 - Sunday, January 31

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Virtual Cinema: 2021 Mountainfilm on Tour

  • Dates: January 28 - January 31
  • Price: $10

The spirit of adventure, the great unknown, and the far and away are celebrated in this special edition of Mountainfilm, one curated program of short films offered virtually Thursday, January 28 through Sunday, January 31 to Gorton Community Center audiences. Mountainfilm is one of the longest running film festivals in America and one of our favorite weekends at the John and Nancy Hughes Theater, so while we wait until we can safely gather together – elbow to elbow, seat to seat – Gorton welcomes you to enjoy this program of ten short films that explore the highest peaks and the deepest depths from the comfort of your home.

Co-Presented with Lake Forest Open Lands Association

Presenting Sponsors
Butler Family Foundation
The Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff

The virtual program is available beginning at 12 p.m. CT on Thursday, January 28 and will be available until 12 p.m. on Sunday, January 31. Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour – Lake Forest are $10. To see the ten short films selected to play in this program, click here. One household needs to only purchase one ticket to the program. You must begin watching within the program within the viewing window, but may pause the program at anytime during the window and then return to start again. 

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Bear Whisperer 
/ Directed by Robert Gourley
Originally hired by the police department to exterminate bears that had overpopulated Mammoth Lakes, California, Steve Searles instead decided to teach the bears to co-exist with the town’s residents. “Nobody has ever been killed by a black bear,” he explains. “I know each bear individually in Mammoth from the time they’re born until the time they die.” (USA, 2020, 5 min.)

ADAPTATION: Kentucky / Directed by Alizé Carrére
If we can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em!” is the slogan of Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe, Kentucky. Chinese-American entrepreneur Angie Yu exports wild-caught Asian carp, an invasive species in the Mississippi River ecosystem, to 11 nations where carp is much-appreciated. She is also working to instill a love for carp among Americans, despite its stigma as a “trash fish.” Scientist and filmmaker Alizé Carrère celebrates the transformation of an aquatic invader into an economic and culinary treasure, seeing it as a creative adaptation in an ever-changing world. (USA, 2019, 12 min.)

The Crown
/ Directed by Jacob McNeill, Steve Flood
When Will “Akuna” Robinson completed the Triple Crown of Hiking — the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail — he gained entry into an elite group of hikers who have done all three. He also became the first African-American man on record to achieve the 8,000-mile feat. Robinson now aims to inspire other people of color to get out on the trails by crushing miles and spreading good vibes. (USA, 2019, 4 min.)

Here We Stand / Directed by Chris Cresci
In 2018, Save the Redwoods League purchased a magical 700-acre stand of old-growth redwoods in Sonoma County. Conservation has long been about keeping people out of places, but with help from communities of color, the organization is reimagining its role in a diverse, inclusive California. The area will soon be opened to the public and anyone can walk among these ambassadors from another time — some of which have been around since before the fall of the Roman Empire. (USA, 2019, 11 min.)

River Surfer / Directed by Taylor Glenn
A wave in a river is a rapid that stays in one place, which means it can be surfed for a very long time. For Gannet Horn, riding that singular wave is an obsession. (USA, 2019, 3 min.)

Golden / Directed by Charles Post
Once Caitlin Davis discovered the mountainous West, she knew she’d found home. After a childhood spent dreaming of working with animals and their environments, the raptor biologist now spends her days in Idaho’s sagebrush country studying how human impact affects golden eagles. (USA, 2019, 12 min.)

Unfenced / Directed by Javier Fernandez
The Red Desert in south-central Wyoming is the largest unfenced area in the continental U.S. Its sagebrush steppe is home to sage grouse and pronghorn antelope, as well as several congressionally designated Wilderness Study Areas, which are being threatened by oil and gas development. Ultra-runner Clare Gallagher hopes to bring awareness to these environmental issues and share her love of the Red Desert through an immersive trail running experience. (USA, 2020, 11 min.)

Games of Survival: A Culture Preserved in Ice / Directed by Nicholas Natale
The events at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics — like the Four Man Carry and the Knuckle Hop — won’t be familiar to most Americans in the Lower 48. But they are both rooted in traditional Eskimo culture and pure Americana. “The native games, they keep us going every single year, and it’s something fun. We are connecting Western civilization with our ancestry,” one of the athletes explains. (USA, 2019, 17 min.)

This Land / Directed by Faith E. Briggs
Runner Faith Briggs represents the new school of conservationist. No longer worshipping at the feet of Henry David Thoreau, conservationists today include women, people of color and indigenous communities — those whose love for public lands, diverse voices and journeys of empowerment fuel bold feats of activism. Like running 150 miles through national monuments at the center of controversial political maneuvering. Briggs, who once considered conservation a privileged realm, now dons the mantle with pride as she redefines its very definition. (USA, 2019, 10 min.)

ABOUT Mountainfilm

Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Year-round and worldwide, we take a selection of festival films on the road. We present both single-event and multi-day shows, hosted by a wide array of organizations, including schools and colleges, corporations, community groups and theater operators. Through the tour, we touch the lives of some 65,000 people every year and visit more than 120 locations on five continents.

Started in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences describe their experience.

In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a contemporary issue, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, outdoor programs, a book-signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists.

For more information visit www.mountainfilm.org

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