Film screening to promote positive change

Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah presents free family movie night

Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah presents still images taken from the films they show as they announce their upcoming family movie night.
Looking for a night filled with fresh air, good food, friends, family and flicks? Look no further, it’s happening right here in Savannah and it’s completely free.

Working in partnership with the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado, Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah will host a free family movie night from 5-7:30 p.m., Saturday. Aug. 7, in the outdoor gardens at the Ships of the Sea Museum.

But, that’s not all.

The free event will kick off with a social hour where guests can enjoy food trucks, Leopold’s Ice Cream and free popcorn. Curated from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, Mountainfilm is known as one of our country’s longest-running film festivals. Showcasing nonfiction stories about environmental protection, cultural diversity, political and social justice issues, Mountainfilm has brought world-class athletes, change makers, and visionary artists together every Memorial Day weekend since 1979. Through the power of their culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring stories, Mountainfilm celebrates man’s indomitable spirit by educating and inspiring like-minded individuals.

Zelda Tenenbaum, owner of Mountainfim on Tour Savannah, attended the festival for several years before bringing Mountainfilm on Tour to Savannah in 2009. The Jepson Center for the Arts hosted their first festival and in 2010, they found their current home at the beautiful Trustees’ Theater in downtown Savannah. This year will mark their first summer outdoor free family movie night.

Director of Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah Leslie Carey is looking forward to the opportunity to bring the community back together and believes their mission is much bigger than film. Although they may be dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences, another motivation underlies their mission: helping promote action toward positive change.

“What we want to do with Mountainfilm is to start conversations,” Carey said. “One way to do that is to facilitate involvement between Mountainfilm audiences and important causes. Every November, for the past seven years, we’ve had success celebrating Veterans Day and showcasing films centered around veteran-related issues. We are very excited for the opportunity to be able to showcase a wider variety of inspiring stories to the Savannah community, and outside.”

The outdoor screening will bring back a stellar collection of short films from Mountainfilm’s archives, all related to current world issues. The films will be hand-selected and appropriate for the entire family to enjoy. Carey gave a glimpse into what type of films to expect.

“We were thinking at the beginning of the pandemic about all of the stories on the news about social justice issues, first responders, frontline workers, and neighbors helping neighbors,” Carey said. “All of those stories are Mountainfilm stories. Now is the perfect time to showcase these stories to our community.”

Although promoting action toward positive change may be Mountainfilm’s mission, it isn’t the only mission Carey has in mind.

“At Mountainfilm, we’re always striving to provide great family-friendly experiences for our guests,” Carey said. “It’s all about awareness and togetherness. We want people to have fun, socialize and enjoy themselves. The pandemic has been tough on everyone and I think right now, people can especially relate to our stories of trying to overcome adversity. We want our guests to enjoy themselves while promoting positivity and inspiration at the same time.”

See stories about individuals making a difference and taste the inspiration Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah brings. The outdoor screening will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and will consist of 11 different nine-minute films. For information, visit mountainfilmsav.org and mountainfilm.org.

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