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"What the Land Is" Screening, FULL

Mount Grace's 2017 Holiday Party, on Friday, December 8th, is now FULL! 

This event features the public premiere of  “What the Land Is,” the new Mount Grace movie.  We will be showing the movie (described below) at other public events and at private homes starting later this month.  If you'd like to host a showing, please contact Mount Grace Major Gifts and Grants Manager David Kotker. If you're interested in seeing the movie at it's next showing, keep following Mount Grace on facebook and this website for more screenings!

Producer/Director Boyd Estus and Leigh Youngblood, Executive Director of Mount Grace, visited local farms and conservation areas and interviewed farmers and other project partners about the land they have protected. 

The result, with the help of Editor Rawn Fulton, is a 13-minute short film that describes Mount Grace's mission to protect and steward land, featuring examples that draw on the trust's farm conservation, landscape-scale conservation, and community conservation programs.

“Beyond the personal stories of the landowners, two of my favorite aspects of the film are the featured local musicians and the animated maps that show the places we’ve helped protect grow across the region year by year,” said Youngblood. “The animation makes it easy to see how each special place is part of a connected landscape we call home.”  The showing will benefit Mount Grace, and will include a Q&A and discussion with Estus, Youngblood, and John Moore of Moore’s Maple Grove Farm.

“The more I learned about Mount Grace, the more impressed I was about their innovative and collaborative approach to this important work,” said Estus. “Our film was an opportunity to give back to a region that I love.”

Estus has shot and directed on locations around the world, including films for the PBS series American Masters, NOVA, American Experience and Frontline, and garnering both Emmy and Academy Awards.  He lives in Royalston and Cambridge.  Fulton, a Bernardston resident, is an award-winning documentarian and the director of “Root Hog or Die,” a film portrait of farming in western New England.

This event is free.  Donations to support Mount Grace are encouraged.  Please RSVP below to save a spot.


Friday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm