Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah and DIRTT will host a special screening in honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, November 7th, at Service Brewing Company. A social hour at 5:30 p.m. will kick-off the event; the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
The screening will include the documentary short film Grizzly Country, and feature- length film, The River and the Wall.
During his time as a Green Beret medic in the Vietnam War, eco-warrior and author Doug Peacock looked at a map of the Montana and Wyoming wilderness for comfort. He vowed that if he got out alive, he would go see those wild places for himself. Peacock not only visited, but spent years in solitude there, filming his only companions—grizzly bears. The man who inspired The Monkey Wrench Gang’s iconic character George Washington Hayduke has made it his life’s work to save the habitat of these majestic animals, who remind us that humans’ place is not at the top of the food chain.
The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes and canoes. Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heathery Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey along the U.S.- Mexico border. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face- to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.
The event is free to all veterans. General admission is $20.