MountainFilm on Tour Savannah presents 8th annual film screening

Films feature veterans and first responders at Service Brewing Co. on Veterans Day

In ‘Coming Home – Ag Teacht Abhaile,’ ultra runner Paddy O’Leary grew up in Wexford, Ireland but eventually landed in San Francisco, and while he thrived in his community, it still wasn’t home. A grueling running adventure calls him back, and he commits to attempting the fastest-known time on the self-navigated 115 kilometer Wicklow Round. Photo provided by MountainFilm on Tour Savannah.

To celebrate Veterans Day and to honor our nation’s heroes, Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah is hosting their 8th annual “Honoring Our Veterans” film screening at Service Brewing Co. on Thurs, Nov. 11.

“Honoring Our Veterans film screening is sort of the kick off to our festival season which will take place at the end of January, 2022,” said Leslie Carey, director of Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah. “Service Brewing is a Veteran-owned and operated craft brewery dedicated to honoring those that have put their lives at risk for their country and community. They’ve been our partner for years and we’re honored to work with them and represent such a great cause.”

According to Carey, all of the selected films are centered around Veterans and first-responders and were licensed from Telluride MountainFilm festival, their partner and parent organization and one of our country’s longest-running film festivals.

“Telluride MountainFilm has their main film festival every Memorial Day weekend in which over 100 films are screened to showcase nonfiction stories about environmental protection, cultural diversity and political, social justice, and Veteran issues,” Carey said. “Our mission is to celebrate man’s indomitable spirit.”

Carey added that this year’s film screening will consist of seven short documentary films: Eric and the Bees, Lock Down/Rock Up, A Very Short Guide to Union Glacier, The Captain, Slim Pickins’, Sibling Rivalry and Coming Home - Ag Teacht Abhaile.

“It’s a typical Mountainfilm night so we’ll take the audience from Antarctica to Ireland,” Carey said. “In the films the audience will meet a Veteran who is a Beekeeper as a way to deal with his PTSD. There’s also a film about a first responder who rock climbs to cope with the horrors of the early days of COVID-19. We’re also showcasing a great little film about Sadie Samuels who’s the youngest and only female Lobster Captain in Rockport Maine. And we have another great film about Jahmicah Dawes, who is the owner of the first Black owned outdoor gear shop in the country. So, it’s sort of a whole variety of films.”

Although this is MountainFilm on Tour Savannah’s 8th year hosting the screening, Carey said it’s their first time hosting it on Veterans Day.

“I think this is the first time we’ve actually been able to host our ‘Honoring Our Veterans’ screening on Veterans Day,” Carey said. “And what an honor it is to be able to do that this year! We had a lot of fun picking our playlist and I think a lot of people are really going to enjoy it. It’s a great way to honor Savannah’s Veterans, bring the community together, and watch some MountainFilms.” 

The event will take place on Thurs., Nov. 11 at Service Brewing Company and will kick off with a social hour at 6 p.m. with beer and food trucks. The film screening will start at 7 p.m. and will run approximately 90 minutes. Veterans are encouraged to text Leslie Carey at 912-344-1278 to reserve their spots. Admission is free for all Veterans and masks are required in the theatre area regardless of vaccination status. To purchase tickets visit mountainfilmsav.org


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