Saturday Cinema: Forests in Focus

Saturday, April 23, 2022 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. PT

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Watch science unfold on screen through the lens of filmmakers in California woodlands. Ecological restoration methods are progressing in new directions thanks to modern observational tools, which allow scientists to see, study, and protect the environment. Join the Science Communication Lab's team and guests for a screening and discussion of their award-winning short film A Walk in the Woods. Learn what it was like filming a redwood forest after a large wildfire and how film can offer a new window into the natural world.

A Walk in the Woods
Film Screening and Discussion

11:00 a.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

What does a redwood forest look like, and sound like, in the wake of a devastating fire? Walk through a fire-ravaged redwood forest with experts Beatrix Jiménez, Ian Bornarth, and Alex Jones. Their observations make visible the forces of destruction and regrowth throughout the redwoods ecosystem.

Film subjects Beatrix, Ian, and Alex will be in attendance.

Beatrix Jiménez is a Land Stewardship Associate with the Sempervirens Fund, providing management and on-the-ground support for the various lands overseen by the organization. She has experience in environmental construction and remediation, as well as environmental compliance throughout California. Beatrix holds a BA in biology and a minor in Earth science from UC Santa Barbara.

Ian Bornarth is a Bay Area–based nature and travel photographer. He has been collaborating with the Sempervirens Fund to document the regrowth of the forest after the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fires. Ian holds a BS in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA in photography from the University of Hartford. He has held faculty positions at The Art Institute of California, Hartford Art School, and Quinnipiac University

Alex Jones is the UC Santa Cruz Campus Natural Reserve Manager and supports education, research, and stewardship activities on the campus's natural lands. He brings his passion for natural history, ecology, and stewardship to UCSC students through undergraduate course field trips, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Alex has been an environmental educator for over 20 years, and holds a BS in environmental science from UC Santa Cruz.

Forest Films
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Microcinema

Enjoy A Walk in the Woods (2021, 12 min.), and Fire Among Giants (2022, 12 min.), produced by the Science Communication Lab playing on a loop.

Camera Demo
With Derek Reich

Noon–2:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

A Walk in the Woods cinematographer Derek Reich will show us the cameras, lenses, and special equipment he used to capture the forest’s beauty and share some of his favorite shots and outtakes.