"Wilderness" theme for symposium at environmental film festival

Melissa Plantz Photography (used with permission from Mountainfilm)

Mountainfilm has announced that in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, they've selected "Wilderness" as the theme of the symposium for their festival this summer.

The 2014 Moving Mountains Symposium will kick off a four-day film festival in Telluride, Colorado on Memorial Day weekend from May 23-26.

Each year, the Mountainfilm festival presents about 75 films in addition to hosting related presentations, conversations and musical events. Mountain recreationists began the tradition by spending days climbing mountains and then spending nights watching films about them. It has evolved into a festival that seeks to inspire audiences to take action on environmental and cultural issues.

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“The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is a perfect springboard to discuss wilderness, which has been threaded into the DNA of our festival since its inception," said Mountainfilm program director Emily Long. "As John Muir eloquently expressed: ‘Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.’”

Symposium presenters this year will include diverse leaders such as:

  • Debra Bloomfield, SFAI professor and artist
  • Jared Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Adam Harris, art curator at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
  • Vance G. Martin, president of the international Wild Foundation
  • David Rothenberg, writer, composer and performer
  • M Sanjayan, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy
  • Florian Schulz, nature and wildlife photographer
  • Cheryl Strayed, hiker and bestselling author
  • Lynx Vilden, founder of the Living Wild School

Throughout the rest of the year, Mountainfilm is showcased on a worldwide tourTickets are already on sale, at a discounted price until March 15th.