Monday, February 8, 2010

George Butler Film Festival at Red River Theatres March 18-21

Red River Theatres will present, in partnership with NH Audubon and the McAuliffe-Shephard Discovery Center, a festival of eight films produced and directed by NH filmmaker George Butler March 18-21.

A key element of the festival is the community discussion included in many of the film presentations.

The Endurance: Shackelton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition features a post film Q &A with Butler and author Caroline Alexander who wrote the book, an amazing true-life story of survival against all odds.

Pumping Iron, the film that discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger, features a discussion with Butler and Tom Walton of Delta Dental about healthy ways to body build. Pumping Iron II, the film of women body builders, will also be shown.

The Lord God Bird features live bird programs with NH Audubon naturalists as well as a special fundraiser Thursday night to support NH Audubon’s conservation programs and bird research.

Roving Mars which will be shown at the Discovery Center features a “night sky” intro talk by Education Director David McDonald and Butler and a post film view of Mars with the planetarium’s telescope.

Also showing are: In the Blood a film about big game hunters and their conservation ethic; The Good Fight, a film about Coach Bobby Bowden, his Florida State Football team and the challenges they faced in the 2007 season; and Up the River depicting John Kerry’s efforts to lead Vietnam veterans in their fight to end the war.

Butler is an award-winning director and producer who is president of White Mountain Films. He produced The Lord God Bird in association with Cornell Labs, The Nature Conservancy and National Geographic. Roving Mars is distributed by Disney around the world. Butler lives in New Hampshire.