We Love You is about an annual coming together of like-minded people who believe they can change the world. No, it isn’t the story of Mountainfilm, but rather a different tribe: the Rainbow Gathering. Each summer since 1972, tens of thousands of people have met in a national park in search of a utopia without social hierarchy, commerce or war. This short documentary chronicles the 2008 gathering at the Wind River Range in Wyoming, where people built kitchen systems from nothing to provide food for thousands. It’s not just a communal love-in, though. The police arrive, casting a dark cloud over the Rainbow that the Gathering must face in their own way. —DH
Bearwalker of the Northwoods
Dr. Lynn Rogers is a biologist who began studying black bears in the North Woods of Minnesota in the late ’60s. Early on, he developed an entirely new method for research: He adopted trust, instead of traps, to enter the world of black bears. In this manner, he tromps around the forest following the bears—playful, gentle and always hungry—and gathering piles of data about how they behave in the wild. It’s hard to watch the film and not think of Timothy Treadwell, who was a Mountainfilm guest several times and the tragic star of Grizzly Man. Lynn, however, is more avuncular and focused on science as he follows the black bears through the passage of each season. For him, each day of research is a part of his larger mission: to change people’s beliefs that black bears are aggressive, dangerous animals.