David Vassar – Thursday, October 5, 2017


Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy: Why National Parks?

On the heels of the centennial celebration of National Parks, where did it all begin?  David Vassar’s films focus on the natural world, parks and environmental issues.  He will present and discuss clips from his films that feature Yosemite as the “Birthplace of the National Park idea” and highlight the loss of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in 1913 as the impetus for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.  He will discuss the historic context of each film clip. Vassar also will offer personal and professional insight into the filmmaking process.

David Vassar is an Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-award winning writer and director with more than 30 years of experience. Beginning with his first film shot in Yosemite at the age of 19, to his current production about the fate of the American desert, David has been ahead of his time, leading the conversation on important environmental issues. His credits as a filmmaker and director include PBS television, the Smithsonian Institution, and particularly the National Park Service; the impact of his work has been recognized at film festivals around the world.

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