Zoar Outdoor Announces Annual Film Series for 2013

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Outdoor adventure outfitter Zoar Outdoor will be hosting a film series throughout the 2013 season to bring together outdoor lovers of all types for nights of discovering new adventures through film.

Massachusetts whitewater and zipline outfitter Zoar Outdoor will be hosting its annual film series for the 20th year this year. The films selected will focus on various aspects of outdoor adventure and conservation and take viewers on trips all over the world.

To kick off the series, Zoar Outdoor is screening a series of short kayaking movies on Saturday, June 22nd. Scheduled to coincide with DemoFest, an event allowing experienced kayakers to try out new boats and gear, the night celebrates white water and the people who devote their lives to finding the best rivers, creeks and falls.

The second night of the film series will be hosted at the Charlemont Fairgrounds as part of the Deerfield River Fest celebrations on July 13th. Two short films will be shown at dusk, both focusing on the Grand Canyon. Remains of A River takes viewers from the source of the Colorado River, through the canyon, and on to the sea, showing both its grandeur and its industrialization as it heads south. Last of the Great Unknown focuses on the few remaining unexplored places within the Grand Canyon.

To celebrate trees and tree adventures in honor of Zoar Outdoor’s zip line canopy tours, August 10th will feature a night of tree movies. Viewers can join a group of professional tree climbers as they first set out to find the largest Sitka spruce in Oregon, and then launch out on a journey to cross a stretch of forest without having any contact with the ground along the way. For those completely unfamiliar with the world of tree climbing, professional tree climber Ed Carpenter will be present to talk about his experience of the sport as well as to answer audience questions. A friend of the climbers featured in the movies, Carpenter will be able to provide unique insight into their project.

Given the rising popularity of stand up paddleboarding, Zoar Outdoor will be devoting the night of August 31st to the sport, showing A Stand Up Paddle Movie. The film gives viewers a look into the history of the sport, then follows top athletes in the sport to find out what’s driving its popularity.

As the culminating event for the film series, Zoar Outdoor will be teaming up with Pothole Pictures to bring Oscar-nominee Chasing Ice to Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. The movie will show two nights, on Sept. 27th and 28th with tickets set at $6 for adults and $4 for children. Chasing Ice documents a journey to capture the melting polar ice caps before they’re gone, and in so doing to gather evidence of climate change’s effects on our world.

Visit the film series webpage for more information.

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