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Mountainfilm Outdoor Expo Saturday, January 25

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Mountainfilm Outdoor Expo

  • Date: January 25, 2020
  • Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Price: FREE
    Open to the public you do not have to have a ticket to the films to attend


Visit our outdoor expo to learn how you and your family can engage with the outdoors! Stop by before or after the films to learn more about the outdoor adventure and environmental opportunities in Lake County. Visit REI’s “campsite” to learn about the latest hiking gear, plan your next adventure, sign your kids up for summer opportunities and more! Admission is free and open to the public you do not have to have a ticket to the films to attend.



Chicago Botanic Garden

Collective Resource

Compass Hiking

Elawa Farm

Gorton Community Center

Green Youth Farm

Kids for the Boundary Waters

Lake County Forest Preserves

Lake Forest Open Lands Association

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Running Club

The Northwest Passage



Roberti Community House

Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited

Women Who Explore

WOW Midwest


Gorton Center and Lake Forest Open Lands present…

Mountainfilm on Tour is back for its 4th annual run in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater! One of the longest running film festivals in America, this adventurous, conservation-driven festival brings leading documentary films from around the world to its audiences. Enriched by an interactive discussion-based format, this is catered to environmental enthusiasts! Mountainfilm on Tour’s presenting sponsor is The Butler Family Foundation. It is also supported by the Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff and the Deer Path Inn.





Friday January 24 – 7:00pm

After becoming the first blind climber to summit Mt. Everest, Erik Weihenmayer turned his focus to an entirely different kind of challenge: He learned to kayak, and decided to attempt to paddle the length of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was the next chapter in Weihenmayer’s quest for presence, independence and self-agency — things hard to achieve without sight. As The Weight of Water chronicles, the trip was much more than an adventure athlete notching another accomplishment in his belt. Weihenmayer joins a team of guides and new friends — including fellow blind kayaker Lonnie Bedwell, an absolute inspiration in his own right — on an emotionally weighted journey down one of America’s most iconic canyons. As they paddle, they confront loss, fear and anxiety. They exemplify what people can achieve — and overcome — through selflessness, teamwork and courage. And they let the river unlock its priceless lessons. The result is a triumph.

2019 | Directed by Michael Brown

$20/ticket – $10/student ticket







Saturday January 25 – 1:00pm

Experience a mini taste of Mountainfilm shorts curated specifically for the whole family to enjoy. For more information and a full list of films click here. 1 hour, 15 minutes

$8/ticket – $5/student ticket




Saturday January 25 – 2:00 – 4:30pm

Learn how you and your family can engage with the outdoors! Visit our expo to learn more about the outdoor adventure and environmental opportunities in Lake County. This year different activities will be scattered throughout the expo.

free admission



Saturday January 25 – 4:30pm

A collection of adventure shorts that will have you on the edge of your seat with excitement. For more information and a full list of films click here. 1 hour

$8/ticket – $5/student ticket




Saturday January 25 – 7:00pm

A collection of the top shorts from this year’s festival. For more information and a full list of films click here. 2 hours 10 minutes

$20/ticket – $10/student ticket


Food for purchase will be provided throughout the festival on Saturday.


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

Our Partner

Gorton Community Center will take and may use photos and videos from this event for its promotional purposes. Your attendance indicates your consent to the above.

Film and Event Refund and Cancellation Policy: There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.

Seating is general admission


If you have any questions please contact Special Events & Film Director, Jamie Hall at jamie@gortoncenter.org


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