GIANTS RISING

THE GREAT OUTDOORS | BAY AREA PREMIERE

Director LISA LANDERS (US 2023) 80 min

The towering redwood forests of Northern California are among nature’s most magnificent spectacles. Through the prism of Indigenous wisdom, scientific discovery, and artistic expression, this film illuminates the mysteries of these colossal beings: their impressive endurance, of more than 2,000 years, and their distinctive adaptive mechanisms, including innate defenses against wildfires. Director Lisa Landers captures the awe-inspiring scenery with magnificent cinematography, enhanced by state-of-the-art animation techniques which vividly bring the forests’ inner world to life. Insightful interviews with Yurok tribal members, scientists, and conservationists emphasize the pressing need to protect these vital ecosystems, while Michael Franti’s narration and musical arrangements, further heightened by Skywalker Sound, carry us on an immersive auditory journey, deep into the woods.

IN PERSON: Director LISA LANDERS, Save the Redwoods League President/CEO SAM HODDER, Film Protagonists SARAH BIRD (Photographer), ROSIE CLAYBURN (Yurok Tribe) and ZANE MOORE (Redwood Geneticist)

SATURDAY, MAY 4 • 3:00

$16.50 GENERAL  |  $14 MEMBERS
$15 SENIOR (65+)
$8 STUDENTS w/ ID & YOUTH (12 & under)

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DIRECTOR

For more than two decades, LISA LANDERS has created award-winning programs for television and museums, covering diverse subjects ranging from Nile crocodiles to aerial dancing. With work featured on the Smithsonian Channel, PBS, National Geographic Television, Discovery, and others, she lives, works, and finds inspiration among the coast redwoods of northern California and the Andean oaks of Bogotá, Colombia.



FILM INFO

COUNTRY:US
YEAR:2023
RUNNING TIME:80 min
LANGUAGE:English
DIRECTOR:Lisa Landers
WRITER:Lisa Landers
NARRATOR:Michael Franti
PRODUCER:Lisa Landers
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:Nora McNeely Hurley
CINEMATOGRAPHERS:Will Goldenberg, Owen Bissell, Fabián Aguirre
EDITOR:Damon Claussen
NOTE WRITER:Michelle Svenson

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