Posted on October 6, 2016
Friday, January 13th
A Festival Pass or Friday Evening Session ticket is required for this special presentation
We’re thrilled to announce that David Vassar will be joining us at the 15th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, happening January 12-16, 2017. David is an Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning writer and director with more than 30 years of experience. His films have been seen by millions on broadcast and cable television, on-line streaming, at film festivals around the world and in museums and National Park visitor centers.
During January’s Wild & Scenic, David will present a live multi-media presentation exploring the source of inspiration for environmental films and how the idea becomes a cinematic experience that can move an audience to action. Many of David’s films have presented environmental issues that were far ahead of the popular zeitgeist and off the radar of the larger culture. During this presentation of clips from his most memorable films, David will provide the backstory – at times personal, at times technical, and at times anecdotal – sharing memories of behind-the-camera moments. It’s a look back at his catalog of work and the evolution of what a ‘Green Film’ was and has become.
At the age of 19, David made his first film in Yosemite. It marked the beginning of a film journey that continues to this day; one that has taken him to some of the world’s most magnificent places where he has written, directed and produced dozens of films over the last four decades. The central message of his films remains the same; to strengthen the bond between people and nature, inspiring them to become advocates for conservation.
His films have been selected for screening by the Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, American, and Hawaii Film Festivals, CINE, the Environmental Film Festival of Washington DC, American Conservation Film Festival and the California Film Foundation–as well as Wild & Scenic. In the 1970s, David worked as a writer and director for the Film Unit at the Smithsonian Institution where he won two Emmys® from the DC Branch of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In addition to programs about the natural world, David has also produced and directed films about the La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City, the return of Hong Kong to China and an exploration of the ancient Maya of Central America for Lost Civilizations (1996), winner of the national Emmy® Award for Best In
formational Series. During the 1990s, he was a primary director for the highly rated NBC television series Unsolved Mysteries.
Stay tuned for more information about this and all of our special events during Wild & Scenic, January 12 – 16, 2017.