Chasing Ice: Screening & Discussion

7PM Monday, November 9

Simpson 3, Sterling College Craftsbury Common

chasingiceposterPlease join us for a Special Screening of this award-winning documentary on climate change. Center for Circumpolar representatives will be on hand to facilitate Discussion following the film.

Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog went to the Arctic on assignment for National Geographic to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

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Sas Carey: Discussion & Film Screening

7PM Tuesday, October 27
Catamount Arts, St Johnsbury

ceremony posterPlease join us as we welcome Director Sas Carey for a Discussion & Special Screening of her evocative documentary film exploring the shamanic practices of the Mongolian Reindeer Herders.

CEREMONY is a spiritual journey among shamans in northern Mongolia. The documentary revolves around a specific ceremony in the steppes. Outside we see mists with reindeer emerging, smoke coming from stovepipes through the poles of the Siberian tipis or urts, animals grazing on the steppe, and the moon in a clear sky. Inside, we experience a mysterious ritual as a shaman slips into a trance around midnight when the stars come out. The master shaman beats the drum, chants, dances, and takes on the spirit. He then motions to his young shaman apprentice to begin playing a mouth harp. The shaman and others give commentaries on the events during the ceremony to help the viewer comprehend the mysterious phenomenon.

Watch the trailer here:

Mongolia Map

unnamedSas Carey, Founder and Director of Nomadicare, is a nurse and energy healer trained in Traditional Tibetan-Mongolian Medicine. With a merger of East and West, she advocates traditional and modern medicine for nomads, which  promotes their cultural survival. Since 1994, Sas has been connecting with nomads, assessing needs and supplying them. She is the director and producer of several films, including the feature documentary Gobi Women’s Song, and she is the author of Reindeer Herders in My Heart: Stories of Healing Journeys in Mongolia (2012, Wren Press, Vermont).

Kevin Nikkel: Treasures from the Far Fur Country

4PM Sunday, 11 November, Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Avenue, St Johnsbury, VT
A Special Screening and Discussion.
In the spring of 1919, two cameramen from New York City set out to film Canada’s northern wilderness. Bankrolled by the world-famous Hudson’s Bay Company, the film crew lugged crates of gear by foot, canoe, dogsled and icebreaker, trudging through the Arctic, the boreal forest and up some of the fiercest rivers in the world. Their mission was to tell the story of the Hudson’s Bay Company on its 250th anniversary. The filmmakers perched their camera in places never before filmed, amassing hours of footage. A year later, The Romance of the Far Fur Country premiered, showing audiences sprawling landscapes and documenting the fur trade, the industry that spawned modern Canada. Today, the nitrate reels, waiting for half a century in the archives in London, have found a new home in the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives/Archives of Manitoba in Winnipeg and are being restored.
Treasures from the Far Fur Country features 30 minutes of highlights from the 2-hour silent film currently under restoration, followed by a discussion with Kevin Nikkel, one of the filmmakers involved with the restoration project.