March 28, 2012 - Just one week after successfully saving Jug Handle State Nature Reserve from closure, Filmmaker Alden Olmsted learned more good news – his film, 'My Father, Who Art in Nature' has won acceptance into the 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival.
"Obviously I'm excited. Not only is my film - and by extension my father's life's work - beginning to gain recognition, but this is where I grew up, where I had my paper route, where I trick-or-treated, where I graduated high school and left to make my fortune. So it's pretty fulfilling to come back and screen it here."
April's festival marks the second for the film this year. It also appeared during SYRCL's Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January where Olmsted received a warm reception at the Miner's Foundry.
The film chronicles Alden's relationship with his ailing father the late Naturalist John Olmsted in the final months of his life.
A story of forgiveness and acceptance, the film captures honest footage of the man who left his family behind to follow a life-long path of conservation. John Olmsted helped to preserve land for nature discovery such as the Independence Trail and Bridgeport in Nevada County and Jug Handle in Mendocino.
John Olmsted died in March of 2011 after a long bout with cancer.
Since his father's death, Alden Olmsted has picked up the torch to protect public lands, specifically 70 state parks placed on a closure list. Since last May, Alden has collected $30,000 in a bucket campaign to save state parks and launched the nonprofit group, the Olmsted Park Fund. On March 19, the California Department of Parks and Recreation agreed to keep Jug Handle open after Olmsted and the California State Park Foundation contributed $19,000.
'My Father, Who Art in Nature' will screen April 15 in the Sebastiani Winery's Barrel Room.
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