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7th Explorers Club Film Festival

Opening Night

6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening
The 7th Explorers Club Film Festival opens with the beautifully restored "The Epic of Everest," the legendary 1924 film of George Mallory's fatal Everest expedition, introduced by Tim McHenry, Director of Public Programs and Performance for the Rubin Museum, who will stay for a Q&A after the film. The festival is also proud to feature on Opening Night the short film of Will Gadd's spectacular first ice climb of Niagara Falls just two months ago.

Saturday Morning

9:00 am Coffee and Pastries, 9:30 am Presentation
For the entire family -- students and children FREE - a celebration of "Born to Explore," former Club president Richard Wiese's hit television series for young explorers, which was nominated for five daytime Emmy Awards last month, including Outstanding Host, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Music and Outstanding Travel Program.

Saturday Afternoon

12:45 pm Afternoon Reception,
1:30 pm Screening with 15 min break between films

The festival's afternoon program begins with the New York premiere of Steve Fisher's epic kayak expedition down the Congo River and first descent of the world's biggest rapids: "Congo: The Grand Inga Project." Fisher, a team member of the Lowell Thomas Award-winning first descent of the Tsangpo Gorge in 2002, will introduce the film. The second feature documentary is "Bidder 70," George and Beth Gage's multiple award-winning environmental film on Tim Christopher, the University of Utah student who attended a highly disputed federal oil and gas lease auction, bid on and bought land worth $1.7 million and effectively safeguarded 22,000 acres of pristine Utah land adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. Selected short films will also be shown, including a piece by Club Fellow Gaelin Rosenwaks.

Closing Night

6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening
The festival will close Saturday night with an exclusive Explorers Club Members-Only screening of George Butler and Caroline Alexander's eagerly anticipated documentary, "TIGER TIGER," which will take us into the ancient, threatened kingdom of the Royal Bengal Tiger of the Sundarbans at the southernmost edge of the Bengal Delta. Alexander and Butler will introduce the film and answers questions afterward.


Opening Night, Friday May 15: $50
All Day Saturday, May 16: $40
Saturday Morning: $20 adults, students, children free.
Saturday Afternoon: $30
Closing Night: Saturday, May 16: $50 (Club Members Only)
Festival pass: $125 (Club Members Only)

Online Ticketing Now Closed. Walk-In tickets for all sessions still available.

For information contact: Les Guthman and Bartle Bull, festival directors: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Epic of Everest (1924)

Ice Climbing Frozen Niagara Falls -
Will Gadd's First Ascent

Born to Explore with Richard Wiese

Congo: The Grand Inga Project

Bidder 70


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