Join us for a special presentation of short films from the Range of Light Film Festival, a unique festival of films screened in and about Yosemite. Learn more about the inaugural Range of Light Film Festival from its' founder, Steven Bumgardner, and hear from filmmaker, Colin Delehanty, who made a short film for the Festival.
The films that will be highlighted are:
One Day in Yosemite - (14:59) Thousands of Visitors, Thirty Filmmakers, One Day in Yosemite.
“Its 15 minutes tell a deeply human story of one of America’s greatest wild, natural places, and does an awesome job of weaving the two seemingly-at-odds storylines together in a way that reflects what the whole National Parks system represents: Humanity and nature as codependents working together for mutual preservation.” — Peter Koch, The Active Times
Yosemite HD II (5:20) - spectacular time-lapse photography of Yosemite (with attending filmmaker Colin Delehanty http://www.projectyose.com/about/)
Silver & Light - (9:19) Ian Ruhter is a wet-plate photographer that has turned his truck into the largest portable camera in the world. Follow his journey from city to mountains, through failure and success and the difficulties of capturing Yosemite in winter.
Winters of My Life (3:25) - Winters of My Life is a portrait of Howard Weamer. For the past 35 years he has spent his winters as a hutkeeper in Yosemite's backcountry. He fills his days writing, reading, photographing, and being an ambassador to mountain culture. This is a brief look into his world and why he chooses to stay.
Climbing Snake Dike on Half Dome (3:40) A short non-verbal film of a husband and wife climbing Half Dome's Snake Dike.
Film portion of the program: 40 minutes
Discussion between speakers: 30mins
About the Range of Light Film Festival -
2014 Theme: The theme for the inaugural Range of Light Film Festival is 150 Years of Yosemite. In June 2014 we celebrated the establishment of Yosemite as a protected area, the genesis of the national park idea and our park as the birthplace of international land conservation. On June 30, 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed an unprecedented bill, the Yosemite Grant, which set aside the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley as the nation’s first protected areas. The seed of an idea was planted – that our nation’s most magnificent and sacred natural spaces should be preserved for everyone and all time. Indeed, the national park movement grew nationally and internationally from President Lincoln’s bold action, and today helps define who we are as Americans.
The history and many tales about Yosemite are often overshadowed by the park’s world famous and iconic features such as Half Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. The film festival displayed how filmmakers, artists and storytellers have been inspired and used the park as a backdrop for their creative and varied interpretations. Audience members left the festival with a greater appreciation for Yosemite, having viewed it in new and surprising ways, and a renewed sense for the importance of conservation, maintaining public lands, and preserving natural resources for future generations.
When & Where
California Historical Society
Our mission is to inspire and empower Californians to make the past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.
The California Historical Society holds one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of California.
The Gallery provides public access to the collection through changing exhibitions, Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The North Baker Research Library provides public access to the collection, Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.