BendFilm Presents a ‘Wild’ Night in Bend

PCTBendFilm is hosting a screening of two independent films celebrating the Pacific Crest Trail and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Saturday, March 7 at 7pm at The Old Stone Church in Bend. Filmmakers will be in attendance!

The headlining film, Only the Essential, is a truly independent documentary film by former Bend resident, Colin Arsiman. Arisman and friend Casey Gannon thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand.

Only The Essential is the story of their five month, 2,668 mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon and Washington. Their goal was to capture the brutal, yet breathtaking, ebb and flow of thru-hiking.

The film serves as a window to experience the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and witness the value of simplifying life to a point where “only the essential” remains. Arisman and Gannon are scheduled to attend for a post-screening Q&A and a raffle. (See more information and the trailer here: http://www.onlytheessential.com/watch)

A screening of The Meaning of Wild will open the evening. The film is a half hour documentary that takes viewers on a journey through one of our nation’s wildest landscapes, the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska.

The film follows wildlife cameraman Ben Hamilton as he travels by boat, plane, kayak and foot to capture and share the true value of wilderness. Along the journey, Ben encounters bears, calving glaciers, ancient forests and harsh seas, but it’s the characters he meets along the way that bring true insight to his mission. (See more information and the trailer here: www.meaningofwild.com.)

“We’re excited to bring these films to Bend – a town that truly appreciates the natural wonders of our county and area,” said BendFilm Director Todd Looby. “Though we loved Wild, we wanted to celebrate the PCT in true Indie style, Colin and Casey’s film is a genuine, raw, humbling and all-encompassing look at the beauty and challenges of the trail. And The Meaning of Wild is a perfect compliment. Both films remind us that the Wilderness Act is even more relevant now than it was 50 years ago.”

BendFilm celebrates the brave voice of independent cinema through films, lectures and education. The organization was designed to enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon and provide an economic stimulus to the region through their annual Fall Festival and their year-round education programs and film screenings. In its 12th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices, perspectives and visions to the Bend community. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous sponsors.

541-388-3378, www.bendfilm.org. Tickets are available on BendTicket.com and on the BendFilm website

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