Annual "Focus on Nature" Film Festival Returns this October

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -- Scenic Hudson

Focus on Nature Film Festival

Focus on Nature Film Festival

Focus on Nature 2017 runs from Oct. 5 through Oct. 30. 

Scenic Hudson is pleased to partner with the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville (Westchester) for this year’s Focus on Nature film series. The series features six stunning and highly original films about the beauty, power, and mystery of nature, and how we affect and protect our world. Each week in October, JBFC offers screenings and discussions with special guests, including two wonderful author events and Q&As with inspiring filmmakers. Focus on Nature 2017 is presented in partnership with Scenic Hudson and Groundwork Hudson Valley and made possible through generous support from the Hoch family and the van Hengel Family Fund.

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Thursday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.
A beautiful and poignant ode to the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America as seen through the eyes of American novelist, poet, and activist Wendell Berry. (Reception and book sale following the discussion.)

Amazon Adventure 3D

Saturday, Oct. 7, 12 noon
Based on the remarkable true story of Henry Bates, this docudrama will inspire young scientists and impress everyone with its magnificent views of the extraordinary world of nature. (Free nature-themed activities for all ages following the screening.)

Walking Out

Sunday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
A Sundance Film Festival favorite, this intimate, gripping coming-of-age tale of wilderness survival was shot entirely on location during Montana’s breathtaking and brutal winter. (Q&A with filmmaker Alex Smith and editor Michael Taylor following the screening.)

Before the Flood

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens (The Cove) teams up with producer/host Leonardo DiCaprio in this vivid piece of environmental advocacy about the threats of climate change. (Q&A with filmmaker Fisher Stevens, Alucia Head of Production Jennifer Hile, and NRDC Chief Planning Officer Dale Bryk following the screening.)

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

Wednesday, Oct. 25 7:30 p.m.
This gorgeous film is a hopeful documentary that tracks the efforts of tens of thousands of heartland conservationists in America's vast working landscapes working to restore our forests, grasslands, wildlife, soil and fisheries. (Q&A with filmmakers John Hoffman and Susan Froemke, producer/author Miriam Horn, and Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan following the screening.)


Monday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
This beautifully crafted nature documentary for family audiences features stunning footage from Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, who made the acclaimed films Winged Migration and Disney’s Oceans. (French with subtitles. Introduction by series programmer Karen Sloe Goodman before the screening.)