Deerfield film festival takes cue from nature
BY MYRNA PETLICKI For Sun-Times Media August 16, 2013 5:50PM
The Spanish language, family-friendly film, "Aventura Verde," will be screened Aug. 21 as part of the Film Festival in the Woods.
Film Festival in
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Classical guitar performance by Mitchell Green
7 p.m.: Art Exhibition Gallery Tour
7:30 p.m.: Films begin
6:15-6:45 p.m.: Bilingual hike
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Spanish guitar performance by Brad Conroy
7:30 p.m.: Film begins
Ryerson Woods, 21850
N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield
7-8 p.m.: Musical performance by Fifth House Ensemble
8:15 p.m.: Film begins
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park; (847) 968-3343; ryersonwoods.org
Updated: September 18, 2013 6:08AM
The natural beauty of Ryerson Woods in Deerfield is the perfect setting for a Film Festival in the Woods.
“We try to educate people about the environment through the arts and film is certainly one of those avenues,” said Adriana McClintock, director of marketing and development for Friends of Ryerson Woods, which is staging the free festival.
In choosing the films to screen, “We try to look at what has won awards and what is bringing in a nature or environmental message,” McClintock said.
The festival opens Aug. 17 with 11 short films. “This year, we’re exploring Europe’s skies so we were looking at films that related to the sky first,” McClintock noted. “There are several bird themes.”
A top priority for all the films was to make sure that “it touches every age group,” McClintock said.
The selection includes “Bird Food,” a 2012 film from Ireland, about a man who plans to eat lunch in the park but the local pigeons have their own plans for his meal. A battle of wits between two animals is depicted in the Canadian film, “The Fox and the Chickadee.” The Australian film, “The Hunter” was made entirely from beach sand.
On Aug. 21, there will be a screening of “Aventura Verde” (“Green Adventure”), a Spanish language film with English subtitles that was a selection of the Latino Film Festival.
“Because we’re doing a lot of bilingual programs, I wanted a way to connect that audience with environment in a different way,” McClintock explained.
The last selection, Pixar’s animated family film “Wall-E,” will be screened at Heller Nature Center in Lake Forest Aug. 24.
The three evenings will be enhanced by hourlong live musical performances presented by talented musicians. Mitchell Green, a sophomore studying classical music and finance at Northwestern University, performs Aug. 17. Brad Conroy performs Aug. 21, and to tie in with the Latino film festival selection, his program will focus on classical Spanish music. The third group, Fifth House Ensemble, performs before the screening of “Wall-E.”
Film Festival in the Woods
Saturday, Aug. 17:
6:30-7:30 p.m.—Classical guitar performance by Mitchell Green
7 p.m.—Art Exhibition Gallery Tour
7:30 p.m.—Films begin
Wednesday, Aug. 21:
6:15-6:45 p.m.—Bilingual hike
6:30-7:30 p.m.—Spanish guitar performance by Brad Conroy
7:30 p.m.—Film begins
Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield
Sunday, Aug. 24:
7-8 p.m.—Musical performance by Fifth House Ensemble
8:15 p.m.—Film begins
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park
(847) 968-3343; www.ryersonwoods.org