The Boyhood of John Muir
The early story of John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club.
This dramatic feature film tells the early story of Scottish emigrant John Muir, known today as the founder of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Club, and as America's first environmentalist. THE BOYHOOD OF JOHN MUIR is a compelling look at the early life of America's first great spokesman for wilderness.
Directed by Lawrence R. Hott
Produced by Diane Garey/Florentine Films
Written by Ken Chowder
Cast: Ken Drury, Gerda Stevenson, Joanne Bett, Colin Bruce and Gary Hollywood
It's a story of immigration, of family conflict and of personal discovery. Set in the landscape of 19th century Wisconsin, with stunning cinematography, a dramatic musical score, and brilliant performances, the story takes John from his early days on a hard scrabble farm, to his ingenious mechanical inventions, and his subsequent employment as a factory foreman. An accident nearly kills him, but causes him to reflect on his life, and chart a new course for his future.
Other films by Larry Hott and Diane Garey are The Return of the Cuyahoga, John James Audubon: Drawn by Nature and The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced.
Grade Level: 4-12, Adult
US Release Date: 1997
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-706-X
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-732-8
"Stunning cinematography, dramatic musical score, brilliant performances by a crew of talented actors, a riveting script, outstanding direction, all these cinematic elements combine for an outstanding, highly recommended addition to public and school video collections."
"Addresses significant issues relating to wildlife, tradition, work ethics, and family structures; all of which are important to incorporate into a meaningful classroom learning experience."
Bryan Farmer, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA MC Journal: the Journal of Academic Media Librarianship
"An excellent musical score, lovely cinematography, and a well-told story make this a wonderful...addition to the relatively small world of quality family viewing titles. Warmly recommended."
"This is a coming of age story to watch more than once."
Children's Video Report
"This video shines through the individual acting, the selective plotting, and the magnificent photography. Such a project is the stuff of fine role models for young people."
Parents' Choice Foundation
"A wonderful...addition to the relatively small world of quality family viewing titles."
Florentine Films (The producers' web site)
Awards and Festivals
Gold Hugo, The Chicago International Television Competition
Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Parents' Choice Gold Award
CINE Golden Eagle
Silver Award, Charleston Int'l Film Festival
Bronze Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition
Coalition for Quality Children's Media, KIDS FIRST! Endorsement
Merit Award, International Wildlife Film Festival
Finalist, The New York Festivals
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Breckenridge Film Festival
Denver International Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
Sonoma Environmental Film Festival
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