Sundance and Animals

Sundance and Animals

By: Natalie Blanton

We all know the power of films. Particularly in the vein of animals, and our interactions, perspectives, and paradigms of all creatures, great and small, on this planet, in our lives, our diets [or not, hopefully], etc. We have recommended films like Cowspiracy and Unity to you — but, with the upcoming Sundance Festival — I thought I would highlight a couple of the animal themed films that may further enlighten our connection with our fellow Earthlings and species.

Last year’s festival had 2 provocative films revolving around animals and our efforts [or lack there of] to protect and conserve the natural world:

  • How to Change the World
    In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. Their mission was to stop Nixon’s atomic test bomb in Amchitka, Alaska. Chronicling this untold story at the birth of the modern environmental movement and with access to dramatic archive footage unseen for over 40 years, the film centers on eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of the global organization we now know as Greenpeace — as well as Paul Watson’s forming of Sea Shepard Conservation Society.static1.squarespace
    I was absolutely enthralled with this film and the story it told–as it fully recognizes and intimately explores that “the revolution will not be organized.” Activism is messy, but this team put it all on the line to wade through that muck, and create lasting change. I hope people see this film and extend that protection and care of whales, seals, and other ocean life to land mammals and fowl so much of our society’s consumption is built upon.
  • Racing Extinctionracing_extinction_xxlg
    A team of artists and activists expose the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. The international wildlife trade creates bogus markets at the expense of creatures that have survived on this planet for millions of years. And the other surrounds us, hiding in plain sight — a world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. From the Academy Award Winning Filmmakers of “The Cove”.This film is vital. And I was thrilled to see it hit huge audiences post its premiere at Sundance 2015. I have so much respect and admiration for one of the film’s team-members, Leilani Münter, who is a biology graduate turned race car driver and environmental activist. She believes it is essential for humans to adapt and evolve the way we are living to a sustainable way that does not destroy the world around us. Leilani is an advocate for renewable energy, solar power, electric cars, plant-based diet and animals. Leilani wants our future to be a cleaner and kinder world. Here, here, Leilani, the Sage Mountain team could not agree more.

For this year’s festival — the folks at the Salt Lake Tribune have already compiled a comprehensive list of the six full-length films — and four shorts — with animal inspirations:

• “Wiener-Dog” (Premieres) • This film, by director/screenwriter Todd Solondz, tells several stories of people changed by the love of a dachshund. Cast includes Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Delpy and Zosia Mamet.

A still from the film "Weiner Dog," which will be part of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival lineup. Courtesy Sundance Film Festival.

A still from the film “Weiner Dog,” which will be part of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival lineup. Courtesy Sundance Film Festival.

Screens • Friday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., Eccles Theatre, Park City; Saturday, Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m., The MARC, Park City; Saturday, Jan. 23, 3:15 p.m., The Grand Theatre, Salt Lake City; Sunday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden; Wednesday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m., Sundance Mountain Resort; and Saturday, Jan. 30, 11:30 p.m., Prospector Square, Park City.

• “Mr. Pig” (Premieres) • On a mission to sell his last remaining prize hog, an aging farmer (Danny Glover) abandons his foreclosed farm and journeys to Mexico, where his estranged daughter (Maya Rudolph) shows up. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Screens • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 9:15 p.m., Eccles Theatre, Park City; Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8:30 a.m., The MARC, Park City; and Saturday, Jan. 30, 6:15 p.m., The Grand Theatre, Salt Lake City

• “Unlocking the Cage” (Documentary Premieres) • In the first lawsuit of its kind, animal-rights lawyer Steven Wise seeks to transform a chimpanzee from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with basic legal protection.

Screens • Monday, Jan. 25, 2:45 p.m., The MARC, Park City; Wednesday, Jan. 27, 10 p.m., Redstone Cinema 2, Park City; Thursday, Jan. 28, noon, Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room; Friday, Jan. 29, 9 p.m., Salt Lake City Library Theatre, Salt Lake City; and Saturday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m., Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City

• “The Lobster” (Spotlight) • In a dystopian future, single people must find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into an animal of their choice. English and French with English subtitles. Cast includes Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, John C. Reilly and Olivia Colman.

Screens • Saturday, Jan. 23, 9:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden; Tuesday, Jan. 26, 5:15 p.m., The MARC, Park City; Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City; and Saturday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m., Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room.

• “Rams” (Spotlight) • In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years come together to save what’s dearest to them — their sheep. Icelandic with English subtitles.

Screens • Friday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m., Sundance Resort; Saturday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m. Prospector Square, Park City; Sunday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m., Redstone Cinema 1, Park City; and Saturday, Jan. 30, 9 p.m., Broadway Centre Cinema 6, Salt Lake City.

• “The Eagle Huntress” (Sundance Kids) • This documentary, recommended for ages 12 and older, follows Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl, as she battles to become the first female to hunt with a golden eagle in 2,000 years. Kazakh with English subtitles.

Screens • Sunday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m., Prospector Square, Park City; Sunday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Salt Lake City Library; and Saturday, Jan, 30, 3:30 p.m., Redstone Cinema 1, Park City.

• “The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere” (Shorts Program 1) • Haru Urara, a Japanese racehorse, became a national icon after enduring a losing streak of epic proportions. Japanese with English subtitles.

Screens • Thursday, Jan. 21, 8:30 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, Park City; Friday, Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m., Egyptian Theatre, Park City; Saturday, Jan. 23, 3 p.m., Broadway Centre Cinema 6, Salt Lake City; and Saturday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City.

• “Dogwalker” (Shorts Program 4) • This dark comedy adventure is the story of a young dog walker after the unexpected death of her favorite client.

Screens • Saturday, Jan. 23, 3 p.m., Temple Theatre, Park City; Sunday, Jan. 24, 9:30 p.m., Redstone Cinema 1, Park City; Tuesday, Jan. 26, 3:45 p.m., Broadway Centre Cinema 3, Salt Lake City; and Thursday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m., Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City.

• “Seide” (Shorts Program 5) • Seide lives in a snowy mountain village with her humble family. When she’s forced into an arranged marriage with a man from a wealthy family, she fights to save her horse from being slaughtered for food for the wedding. Kyrgyz with English subtitles.

Screens • Saturday, Jan. 23, 9:30 p.m., Redstone Cinema 1, Park City; Sunday, Jan. 24, 2:30 p.m., Prospector Square, Park City; Thursday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m., Broadway Centre Cinema 6, Salt Lake City; and Friday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m., Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City.

• “The Itching” (Animation spotlight) • In this parable, by American director Dianne Bellino, a shy wolf tries to connect with a group of hip, party-loving bunnies but finds her body is in revolt.

Screens • Saturday, Jan. 23, noon, Temple Theatre, Park City; Sunday, Jan. 24, noon, Redstone Cinema 7, Park City; Tuesday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Broadway Centre Cinema 6, Salt Lake City; and Saturday, Jan. 30, 8:30 p.m., Holiday Village Cinema 1, Park City.

Lastly, come visit the Sage Mountain team at the Condition One space throughout the festival:

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I encourage you to see these films, or experience this virtual reality — and interact with audience members — but also, note the inadvertent speciesism. Why do stories of underdog racehorses and weiner dogs steal our hearts and empathy, while cows, pigs, chickens, fish, and more, continue to end up on our society’s dinner plates?

I am excited for the shift many of these films can create in people’s minds. Keep interrogating these systems of consumption and oppression of animals in our society, the tide is shifting.

Mountain Express Magazine

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Great article in the summer issue of Mountain Express Magazine! Click on picture to enlarge article!

Park Record

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Sage Mountain Animal Rescue Challenges Park City to Go Vegan for One Day on March 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2015

Media Contact:
Hilary Reiter
Redhead Marketing & PR
435.901.2071 | Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com

SAGE MOUNTAIN ANIMAL RESCUE CHALLENGES PARK CITY TO GO VEGAN FOR ONE DAY ON MARCH 20
Social Media Contest and Local Restaurants with Vegan Specials Will Support Global Meatout Campaign

PARK CITY, UTAH – On March 20, 2015, Sage Mountain Animal Rescue will support Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), to encourage the public to “Eat Vegan for a Day.” This is part of a large global campaign called Meatout, which draws massive public support from a variety of voices, including animal protection advocates, environmental groups and celebrities.

As a non-profit advocate for farm animals, Sage Mountain Animal Rescue has recruited several local restaurants to participate in Meatout by highlighting vegan appetizers and entrees for the day. Many of the restaurants will donate a percentage of sales from the day to Sage Mountain Animal Rescue.

A social media campaign and contest will complement the effort. Park City residents and visitors are invited to take photos of their vegan meals on March 20, post to Sage Mountain Animal’s Facebook page and/or hashtag #SMARMeatoutPC for a chance to win prizes that include a private yoga session, 30-day PC MARC facility pass and $25 gift certificate to Safonova boutique at Redstone. Vegan recipes are available on Sage Mountain Animal Rescue’s website at www.sagemtn.org.

“Meatout promotes exploring vegan eating to raise awareness of the suffering many farm animals endure, environmental preservation and emphasizes good health by reducing incidences of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes,” says Lauren Lockey, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Park City-based Sage Mountain Animal Rescue. “We wanted to support the Meatout campaign locally with a fun way to engage people by involving local restaurants and creating a social media contest. Reducing or eliminating meat consumption for even just one day has a quantifiable, positive impact on water preservation, saving animal lives and climate change. Our hope is over time people will gradually reduce their dependence on consuming animal products.”

The following is a list of Park City restaurants participating with vegan offerings:

501 on Main

Deer Valley Resort

Du Monde Gourmet at Jafflz

Este Pizzeria

Fairweather Foods

Fuego Bistro and Pizzeria

Handle

Uptown Fare

Zoom

Fletcher’s

For more info, visit www.sagemtn.org and www.meatout.org

About Sage Mountain Animal Rescue
Founded in 2013 and located 10 miles from Park City, Utah in scenic Brown’s Canyon, Sage Mountain Animal Rescue provides rescue facilities, care and advocacy for abandoned, unwanted or abused farm animals. The 501(c3) non-profit also offers educational programming about the connection to and responsibility we have for these animals and related health and environment issues. The rescue facility encompasses 162-plus acres. For more info, visit www.sagemtn.org.

New Park City Non Profit Offers Rescue, Rehabilitation and Advocacy for Farm Animals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2015

Media Contact:
Hilary Reiter
Redhead Marketing & PR
435.901.2071 | Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com

NEW PARK CITY, UT NON-PROFIT OFFERS RESCUE, REHABILITATION AND ADVOCACY FOR FARM ANIMALS
Sage Mountain Animal Rescue Inspires Respect for Farm Animals Through Education and Awareness

PARK CITY, UTAH – Sage Mountain Animal Rescue, a new 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the advocacy of farm animals, is pleased to announce its rescue and rehabilitation facility in beautiful Brown’s Canyon, just on the outskirts of the world-class resort town, Park City, Utah. Founded by Lauren Lockey and Dave Swartz, Sage Mountain Animal Rescue’s goal is to create a better life for farm animals through rescue, education and advocacy while encouraging a more sustainable planet.

Located on 162 acres, the rescue facility is scheduled to be in operation in the summer of 2015. The plan calls for gradually providing shelter for all types of abused and neglected farm animals as the facility develops. The first shelter available will be to accommodate pigs.

“Our mission is to inspire compassion for ourselves as human beings, farm animals and our planet as a whole,” says Co-Founder Lauren Lockey. “We want to educate people that farm animals are sentient beings and hope to inspire the same level of respect for them that we have for our family pets.”

Through its education and advocacy programs, Sage Mountain Animal Rescue will promote awareness of the significant impact that the animal agricultural industry has on the environment, local wildlife, our heath, and bring to light the harsh living conditions that many livestock endure.

“There is a growing global movement to reduce meat consumption, and we want to do our part to encourage more people to embrace plant-based eating by helping to promote various programs,” Lockey, who is vegan, says. “Global statistics indicate that many people are gravitating toward plant-based eating. One in eight British adults are vegan or vegetarian, Canada’s meat consumption has dropped by nearly 10 percent, and 36 percent of Americans reportedly purchase meat alternatives some of the time. This is an exciting revolution, and we can certainly continue to make an impact on the younger and older generations.”

Sage Mountain Animal Rescue works in conjunction with local and state humane societies, other farm animal rescue groups, and local/regional law enforcement agencies. The animals at the facility have been removed from situations of abuse, neglect or abandonment by law enforcement officials, and cruelty charges must have been filed in all cases. Owner surrenders are not accepted by the non-profit. All animals sheltered by Sage Mountain Animal Rescue that are adoptable will be made available only as a family pet. They will be spayed or neutered and cannot be placed back into food production or exploited in any way.

Sage Mountain Animal Rescue will work in the Summit County, Utah community to raise awareness of the Great American Meatout on March 20, challenging locals and visitors to eat a plant-based diet for one day.

About Sage Mountain Animal Rescue
Founded in 2013 and located 10 miles from Park City, Utah in scenic Brown’s Canyon, Sage Mountain Animal Rescue provides rescue facilities, care and advocacy for abandoned, unwanted or abused farm animals. The 501(c3) non-profit also offers educational programming about the connection to and responsibility we have for these animals and related health and environment issues. The rescue facility encompasses 162-plus acres. For more info, visit www.sagemtn.org.

 

 

We have a trailer!!

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Thanks to Paul and Rachel Sharwell, we now have a trailer!  We are so grateful for this donation! It will help transport farm animals to us here at Sage Mountain and to their new forever home. Painting party next Spring for Peggy Sue the plow truck and the trailer!