A Walk in the Park with David Vassar / and Reception
Directed by David Vassar
SPECIAL EVENT – LIVE PRESENTATION
Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial – 100 Years of Wilderness
The Wine Country Film Festival is thrilled to host an inspiring afternoon with Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning writer, director, producer, and documentarian, David Vassar, a WCFF Alumni. “A Walk in the Park with David Vassar” is an epic life-long film retrospective through America’s magnificent Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Death Valley National Parks, among others, highlighted with personal stories from Vassar’s lifetime of environmental filmmaking. Following the film there will be a Q&A with David Vassar.
At the age of 19, David made his first film in Yosemite. It was the beginning of a journey that continues to this day; one that would take him to the nation’s most magnificent parks where he has written, directed and produced more than a dozen films. The core message of his films aims to strengthen the bond between people and nature, inspiring them to become advocates for conservation. David introduces each clip with a story – at times personal, at times technical, and at other times anecdotal – sharing memories of behind-the-camera ‘moments’; and finally, placing into context the role each park played in the history of National Parks.
David is a visionary documentarian who has continually identified environmental and sustainability issues in his films – years, sometime decades, ahead of the mainstream media. He continues to lead the conversation on the pressing environmental issues of our time in the year of the National Park Centennial and beyond.
*******The screening and Q & A will be followed by a VIP Reception (separate Ticket) with the filmmaker. Join us for the Celebration and Toast the Parks! Be sure to click the arrows in the Ticketing Buy Now window to choose “Presentation Plus Reception.”******
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Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning David Vassar is a film and television writer, director and producer with more than 30 years of industry experience. Mr. Vassar’s first documentary film, Yosemite (1970), brought him to the attention of the National Park Service, where he later worked for two years as a park ranger in Yosemite Valley. Mr. Vassar’s roster of films includes Discover Hetch Hetchy (2006), an award-winning film hosted and narrated by Harrison Ford. In addition to producing programs about the natural world, Mr. Vassar has produced and directed films about music and dance at the La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City, the social implications of the return of Hong Kong to China and an exploration of the ancient Maya of Central America. He also has created “immersive” digital video environments for museums.