The David Brower Center Presents the San Francisco Bay Area Premier of
A Walk in the Park with David Vassar
An Intimate Film Journey with Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy®-winning Filmmaker David Vassar
Through America’s National Parks on Thursday, August 25th 2016;
The Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service.
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE: August 2, 2016 – Berkeley, California: On Thursday, August 25, 2016 the National Park Service turns 100 years old. To celebrate this very special Centennial birthday, the David Brower Center welcomes A Walk in the Park with David Vassar, featuring the Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning writer, director, producer, and documentarian. A VIP Meet-and-Greet with David Vassar, sponsored by Restore Hetch Hetchy (http://www.hetchhetchy.org), will follow the screening. The program includes Harrison Ford appearing in Vassar’s Discover Hetch Hetchy, which advocates for the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite Park.
A Walk in the Park with David Vassar was first presented in March of 2016 by the Environmental Film Festival as a Subaru-sponsored screening to a sold-out audience and resounding accolades at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC. A Walk in the Park with David Vassar is a life-long film retrospective through some of America’s most magnificent National Parks including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstoneand Death Valley. The film clips are highlighted with personal stories from Vassar’s lifetime of environmental filmmaking. Scenes from Vassar’s Oscar®-nominated documentary, Generation on the Wind, and the PBS special featuring California State Parks, California Forever, are also included in the program.
Vassar has been called a visionary documentarian whose films have consistently identified environmental and sustainability issues years before the mainstream media. He continues to lead the conversation on pressing environmental issues of our time in the year of the National Park Centennial and beyond. The program includes a sneak-peek of selected scenes from Backcountry Pictures’ current production, Conspiracy of Extremes, co-produced with Sally Kaplan, which advocates for desert protection and features scenes from Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, and the Mojave National Preserve.
Jeffrey Stine, Curator of Environmental History for the 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.”
About David Vassar:
At the age of 19, while still in college, David Vassar 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, streaming, 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.
About Backcountry Pictures, Inc.:
Founded by David Vassar and Sally Kaplan in 2001, Backcountry Pictures creates powerful films and television programs that impart a sense of wonder about the natural world and inspire conservation and preservation. For additional information, please contact Christopher Buttner, contact info above or visit: http://www.bcpfilms.com
For more info about Restore Hetch Hetchy: http://www.hetchhetchy.org
- What: A Walk in the Park with David Vassar – One Show Only! (Click link for tickets).
- When: Thursday, August 25, 2016
- Time: Doors: 6 pm. Screening: 6:30 pm–8:30 pm. VIP Meet-and-Greet Reception: 8:15 pm–10:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and wine.
- Where: David Brower Center (http://browercenter.org), 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Telephone: 510.809.0900
- Directions: GoogleMaps: https://goo.gl/maps/gvdtz9BLGQo
- $15 Students and Teachers with ID
- $20 General Public Screening Only
- $50 Students and Teachers Screening and Reception with ID
- $55 General Public Screening and Reception
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