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A Walk in the Park with David Vassar: A Life Long Intimate Film Journey

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Date(s) - 06/17/2016
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bret Harte Theate


Backcountry Pictures, in Cooperation with the Calaveras Arts Council, Presents the West Coast Premier of “A Walk in the Park with David Vassar.”

A Life-Long Intimate Film Journey of Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning Filmmaker David Vassar’s Lauded Documentaries about America’s National Parks with the Filmmaker Himself.

In celebration of the National Park Centennial, Backcountry Pictures presents the West Coast Premier of “A Walk in the Park with David Vassar” featuring the Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning writer, director, producer, and documentarian, David Vassar. “A Walk in the Park” will be presented in Vassar’s adopted home of Calaveras County on the evening of Friday, June 17, 2016, at the Bret Harte Theater in Angels Camp. Optional VIP Meet-and-Greet with David Vassar follows at CAMPS Restaurant at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort. (Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Additional details below).

The Subaru of America-sponsored “A Walk in the Park with David Vassar” was first presented to a sold-out audience and resounding accolades at the 2016 Environmental Film Festival at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, in Washington, DC, this past March.

“A Walk in the Park with David Vassar” is an epic life-long film retrospective through America’s magnificent Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Death Valley National Parks, among others, highlighted with personal stories from Vassar’s lifetime of environmental filmmaking. Scenes from Vassar’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, Generation on the Wind, and the PBS special featuring California State Parks, California Forever, are also included in the program. In addition, Vassar will present selected scenes from Backcountry Pictures’ current production, Conspiracy of Extremes, co-produced with Sally Kaplan, which advocates for desert protection and features Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, the Mojave National Preserve and others.

At the age of 19, while still in college, David made his first film in Yosemite. It was the beginning of a journey that continues to this day; one that would take him to some of the nation’s most magnificent National Parks where he has written, directed and produced more than a dozen films. These films have featured celebrities such as actor Harrison Ford, legendary newsman Roger Mudd, and iconic musician Paul Winter. Vassar’s work continues to reach millions of people in theaters, cable and broadcast television, international film festivals and National Park Visitor Centers. The central message of each film remains the same; to strengthen the bond between people and nature, inspiring them to become advocates for conservation. Vassar’s vast body of work also includes productions for ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, Fox, History, Discovery, and Animal Planet.

Jeffrey Stine, Curator for Environmental History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, states, “David Vassar is a masterful storyteller whose filmmaking gifts are never more evident than when he portrays the breathtaking lands encompassed by America’s National Parks.”

What: A Walk in the Park with David Vassar – One Show Only!
When: June 17, 2016
Time: Doors: 6 pm.
Screening: 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Where: Bret Harte Theater, 323 South Main Street, Angels Camp, CA 95222.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2sxH1AZGPW32. Plenty of Free Parking.
Tickets: $20 GA Seating
$40 GA Seating and after-show VIP meet-and-greet reception with David Vassar.
Reception hours: 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
Reception Location: CAMPS Restaurant at Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort, 676 McCauley Ranch Rd, Angels Camp, CA 95222. Tel: (209) 729-8181. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/XCrnQvVmnnB2
Order tickets through EventBrite.com (service charge applies) at: http://bit.ly/awalkintheparkdvassar
If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door: Cash and Credit Cards accepted.