Being a resident of the Coachella Valley in the summer isn’t always fabulous…in fact, some days are just flat-out hard. One of my favorite ways to avoid the heat, and all the painful reality that often comes with it, is by leaving it all behind (or outside) as I relax in the theater and travel back in time through stories told via the silver screen. In the theater is where you can sink deep into your seat, soak up the air conditioning and travel to far-a-way lands all while watching a fantastic film.
This Thursday, the Palm Springs Art Museum invites you to join them on a quick trip to Katmi National Park in Alaska to learn the story of Timothy Treadwell via the documentary, Grizzly Man.
Don’t get left behind, details below:
This Friday evening….
…we travel to Alaska for
Grizzly Man, 2005
at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
72567 California 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Far and away the most intriguing documentary of the last decade to explore the existential conflict between man and wild animal, Grizzly Man looks back on the tragic life of Timothy Treadwell, a renegade grizzly bear rights activist who met a gruesome end when he and his girlfriend were killed and eaten by a bear in 2003. Over the course of thirteen summers spent with grizzlies in mountainous Katmai National Park in Alaska, Treadwell grew convinced he had become one with the bears and that these wild untamed creatures viewed him as their equal. As he saw it, it was his duty, against the warnings of park officials, to live with and protect the grizzlies from supposed “poachers.”
Using video footage shot by Treadwell himself, interviews in the present with his supporters and critics, and employing his unmistakable voice over, renowned dark prince of German cinema Werner Herzog weaves a provocative and moving tale of a man whose wide-eyed idealism may have gotten the best of him but whose yearning for communion with the animal kingdom we all share.
Summer Free Film Screenings
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
2005, 103 min
Directed by Werner Herzog
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