Mountainfilm

Sheridan Opera House - May 24, 2015 - 9:15 p.m.

Date: May 24, 2015
Start Time: 9:15 p.m.
A Thousand Cuts

1000 Cuts

Film Screening — Duration: 10 mins

Oil pads, drilling rigs, gaseous flare-offs, all in close proximity to redrock spires, painted walls and graceful arches. What is happening to Utah’s canyon country? Photographer and climate activist Jim Balog (Chasing Ice, Mountainfilm 2012) sets off with his camera and a crew to investigate the insidious invasion of industry on one of the country’s crown jewels: the Greater Canyonlands.

Red Knot

Red Knot

Film Screening — Duration: 81 mins

Obsessed since early childhood by the Earth’s poles and the stories of the adventurers who first reached them, Peter (Vincent Kartheiser of Mad Men fame), an aspiring writer, jumps at the opportunity to travel on a month-long expedition aboard a research vessel to Antarctica with biologist Roger Payne (portraying himself), who first recorded the song of the humpback whale.

Peter’s wife, Chloe (Olivia Thirlby), is willing to make a honeymoon of it. But as is true of any serious expedition, the journey of discovery proves to be less about the destination than the baggage the travelers have brought with them. In producer-director Scott Cohen’s portrayal of a young couple’s struggle in the early weeks of their marriage to understand what they really mean to each other, the setting — pointedly not a cruise ship, on restless seas and bound for forbidding shores — is more than an exotic backdrop to a personal drama. The turbulent ocean becomes a metaphor for the couple’s difficulty becoming grounded.