2017 Film Festival in the Woods
Saturday, September 9
Seating starts at 6pm
Films start at 7:30pm
For the sixth year in a row, Brushwood Center will be presenting the Film Festival in the Woods on September 9. A collection of short films inspired by nature, the Festival is a tribute to the rich history of artists and environmentalist of Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. With this in mind we chose our films to inspire curiosity. Films for 2017 will be announced shortly.
Our main feature film for 2016 was Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh, a documentary that reveals the diverse ecology, astonishing history, and controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh by examining how people have used and perceived this wetland for more than 10,000 years. We have a big birding community here, and this film touches on the impact of humans on our delicate wetlands, how birds and other wildlife have been affected, and the efforts underway to restore these areas.
Also featured was Moving the Giants, a short and poignant award-winning film directed and produced by Michael Ramsey, Ted Wood and Daniel Glick. Giants follows David Milarch as he clones some of the world’s most ancient and largest living things – California’s coastal redwoods -- and replants them in Oregon. Tree planting is a key tool in addressing climate change, because trees, especially redwood trees, have the ability to absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide. Milarch is replanting cloned trees from the south where climate change has negatively affected them back up north where clear-cutting in the past removed them. This effort is part of a global effort to use nature as a cleaning agent for human impact in carbon emissions.
This 2-hour film festival is full of fun, artistic, and thought-provoking short films that are family-friendly. Seating starts at 6pm. Be sure to arrive early to claim a good spot and tour the gallery before the show starts at 7:30. This Ravinia-styled film festival is open to families and picnickers and has been a local favorite for five years. The Film Festival is free, but we ask people to make a suggested donation of $10.