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Join The Explorers Club on Thursday, February 22nd for the exclusive New York City premiere of Out There: A National Parks Story, a feature-length documentary following a 10,000 mile road trip through the U.S. national parks to tell the stories of the incredible people within them.

 

This is an evening celebrating national parks, generational stewardship, and an ode to the open road. After an award-winning film festival run, filmmaker Brendan Hall and educator Anthony Blake present a special screening of their film, honoring the unlikely explorers who have emerged to preserve and share the stories of our public lands. In their post-film discussion Hall will bridge past and future, as he reflects on his journey of filmmaking in the national parks that culminated in the opportunity of a lifetime: his selection as a crew member of the dearMoon civilian lunar space mission to orbit the moon.

In the documentary, a young filmmaker sets out on a 10,000-mile exploration of the national parks with his childhood friend during the centennial year of the formation of the National Park Service. Along the way, they share experiences of the people that work in the parks and those that come to enjoy them, as part of the rich tapestry of the history of the park system emerges. They hear profound stories from people of all ages and walks of life who have come to the parks seeking tranquility, healing, motivation, and connection to the natural world. This stunning road trip film is a tribute to the national parks and their history, and is also a recognition of the people that appreciate them and work to preserve their beauty.

 

This event will include a screening of the 75-minute film, followed by a discussion with filmmakers Brendan Hall and Anthony Blake, and a musical performance from the film’s score composed and performed by Elizabeth P.W. and a live band.

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6:00 PM Opening reception
7:00 PM Film screening, Q&A, and live musical performance
Speakers

Brendan Hall

Brendan Hall is a documentary filmmaker and Explorer’s Club Member telling stories in the natural world and beyond. In his work, Brendan is committed to sharing the wonders of our planet in hopes that we may be inspired to care for it. He has traveled the world directing projects for global non-profits and brands including National Geographic, Adobe, and The Nature Conservancy. He has also contributed cinematography to feature-length documentaries including PBS’s Bill Nye: Science Guy and Apple TV’s Red Heaven. In 2022, Brendan was globally announced as a crew member of the dearMoon lunar mission led by Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa. Selected from over 1 million artists and creatives around the world, he will join Maezawa and 7 other crew members on the first ever civilian flight around the moon with SpaceX. While Brendan is a director, cinematographer and editor, he is also a night sky photographer, scuba diver and amateur juggler.

Anthony Blake

Anthony is an educator currently serving as Assistant Principal of New Milford High School in New Milford, CT. In his current role Anthony oversees the Science, Social Studies, and ESL departments as well as the Green Team, a student club committed to increasing sustainability initiatives at the school and creating opportunities to get students involved with outdoor activities. Previously, Anthony worked in Danbury, CT and Baltimore, MD as an educator and founding the non-profit PartnerEdu which provided extracurricular, outdoors opportunities to students in low-income schools.

Elizabeth P.W.

Born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, PA – Elizabeth P.W. is a Hollywood Music in Media Award nominated composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer with a passion for storytelling through music. Elizabeth weaves together her love of folk music with modern cinematic elements to create evocative and intimate scores for film and tv, and songs that tell compelling stories through unique soundscapes. Her music has premiered in films at the Tribeca Film Festival, Hollyshorts, and DOC NYC and has been featured in an array of films and series on Netflix, Paramount, HBO, Disney+, Hulu, and more. Elizabeth is a recipient of the Alan Menken scholarship. She is Brooklyn based and is obsessed with her adorable dog, Schuyler.

February 22,2024
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