Event info: Film Fest

National Park Service Civil War Visitors Center

Documentary Film Program
in the National Park Service Visitor Center

The 2017 Richmond Folk Festival Documentary Film Series celebrates the richness and diversity of our national parks. This year's film series highlights national parks located along America's coastline. From Acadia to Biscayne, Golden Gate to Fire Island, and lots of parks in between, viewers will experience the stunning scenery, history, and wildlife these seaside national treasures offer.

Film screenings will take place in the National Park Service Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works, located at the center of the festival site, throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

12:00 p.m. Beneath the Reflections (28 min.) – Imagine a world where darkness reigns. Where a strange snow perpetually falls. Where the whimsy of swirling currents determines the patterns of life. And yet, life flourishes. Join us as we travel into the underwater world of Glacier Bay to discover some of its secrets. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

12:30 p.m. All The Past We Leave Behind (22 min.) – Learn about Civil War sites and battlefields in the Richmond area. Richmond National Battlefield Park, Virginia.

1:00 p.m. Back to the Wild: The Wild Horses of Assateague (21 min.) – The National Park Service manages the Maryland herd as wildlife to roam freely across the seashore landscape. Many live in full view of the public, yet their daily lives remain a mystery. Discover the hidden lives of Assateague’s wild horses. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia.

1:30 p.m. Carry On: The Life and Legacy of Maggie Lena Walker (21 min.) – This new orientation film from the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site traces the trials and triumphs of Richmond’s pioneering banker and civil rights activist. Combining the latest scholarship with rarely seen archival images, this narrated documentary chronicles Walker’s unique leadership and her enduring influence on the struggle for social justice. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Virginia.

2:00 p.m. Liberating Guam: The U.S. Comes Back (30 min.) – Honor, bravery, and sacrifice … all are words to describe those that fought and died during the Pacific Theater of World War II. War in the Pacific National Historical Park was established in 1978 to pay homage to these men and women. Today, the open vistas of the park, war relics, artifacts, and memorials serve as silent reminders of the past.  War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam.

2:30 p.m. Fire Island National Seashore (13 min.) – Immerse yourself in an enchanting collage of coastal life and history. Rhythmic waves, high dunes, ancient maritime forests, historic landmarks, and glimpses of wildlife, Fire Island has been a special place for diverse plants, animals, and people for centuries. Far from the pressure of nearby big-city life, dynamic barrier island beaches offer both solitude and camaraderie as well as spiritual renewal. Fire Island National Seashore, New York.

3:00 p.m. Land of the Giants (13 min.) – Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. The parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline. For thousands of years people have lived in this verdant landscape. Together, the National Park Service and California State Parks manage these lands for the inspiration, enjoyment, and education of all. Redwood National and State Parks, California.

3:30 p.m. Crown of the Continent (29 min.) – Soar above mountains that make their own weather and glacier-carved valleys still emerging from the Ice Age. With calving glaciers in hidden fjords, wildlife wandering a vast land, and countless unnamed peaks, Wrangell-St. Elias fulfills the romantic, mythic image of Alaska. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

4:00 p.m. Acadia Always: The Story of Acadia National Park (50 min.) – A brand new look at one of America’s favorite national parks. Jack Perkins, former NBC News correspondent and host of A&E’s Biography series, lends his powerful narrative to this tribute to the people who created Acadia National Park and to those who keep and preserve it. Acadia National Park, Maine.

5:00 p.m. Cape Cod (49 min.) – Learn about the natural forces that shaped Cape Cod, its fascinating maritime history, and the processes that continue to shape the Cape today. Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

12:00 p.m. To the Farthest Port of the Rich East (22 min.) – Spanning a period of over three centuries, the story of maritime Salem, Massachusetts, is a stirring saga of humans using the sea. This is the story of merchant adventurers and mariners whose enterprise and daring transformed a tiny, uncertain settlement into a major international seaport. Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Massachusetts.

12:30 p.m. All the Past We Leave Behind (22 min.) – Learn about Civil War sites and battlefields in the Richmond area. Richmond National Battlefield Park, Virginia.

1:00 p.m. Dry Tortugas National Park (11 min.) – Almost 70 miles west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida.

1:30 p.m. Point Reyes National Seashore: The Point of Kings (16 min.) – Located just north of California’s San Francisco Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore encompasses over 100 square miles of coastal wilderness area. At the beginning of the 17th century, Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino named the impressive cliffs that line the seashore “la Punta de los Reyes” (“Point of the Kings”). Explore the beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes of this beautiful coastline. Point Reyes National Seashore, California.

2:00 p.m. Carry On: The Life and Legacy of Maggie Lena Walker (21 min.) – This new orientation film from the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site traces the trials and triumphs of Richmond’s pioneering banker and civil rights activist. Combining the latest scholarship with rarely seen archival images, this narrated documentary chronicles Walker’s unique leadership and her enduring influence on the struggle for social justice. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Virginia.

2:30 p.m. Treasure in the Sea (25 min.) – Just 18 miles from one of Earth’s most populated cities lies a hidden world—a world consisting of five remarkable islands and their ocean environment. Treasure in the Sea transports you to a California that many thought disappeared long ago. Channel Islands National Park, California.

3:00 p.m. Castillo de San Marcos: A Long Legacy – An Effective Defense (16 min.) – A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures that ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. Castillo de San Marcos, Florida.

3:30 p.m. Where Ice & Ocean Meet (21 min.) – At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the Ice Age lingers. Explore that land and its wildlife that thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

4:00 p.m. Exploring Isle Royale (25 min.) – Explore a rugged, isolated island, far from the sights and sounds of civilization. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists, and scuba divers. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.

4:30 p.m. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (15 min.) – Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Learn more about this beautiful area and its forest that hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan.

5:00 p.m. National Parks of New York Harbor (55 min.) – The collection of national parks along New York Harbor’s shores reflects a rich history. They not only shed light on how the harbor has defended and shaped the country but also on who we’ve become as a nation. All around you can find stories of people and ideas that shaped our nation, and that infused new hope and different points of view into our national life and popular culture. Come tour these 10 national parks in and around Manhattan and discover a national treasure, and perhaps a connection to your own personal history. National Parks of New York, New York.