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Note: Items shown in boldface are believed to be available for purchase at the time this bibliography was last revised. No attempt has been made to include entries from encyclopedias or similar reference works, or home-made or student videos such as those on YouTube.


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"John Muir: A Glorious Journey" by National Park Service. A 20-minute introductory film shown on demand throughout the day at John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, California. Covers the story of Muir's life, with special emphasis on his life in Martinez, and his efforts for Yosemite National Park and Hetch Hetchy. Unavailable for purchase, this film is highly recommended for viewing on site at the John Muir National Historic Site and on You Tube:

"Alaska Stories". VIDEOCASSETTE. Written and narrated by W. Claud Thompson. (47 min.); Color VHS. Order from W.C. Thompson & Co., 19229 Sonoma Highway, Suite 143, Sonoma, CA 95476.
This video begins and ends as a travel documentary, but focuses on three stories of Alaska, including a fulfilling treatment of John Muir's "Stickeen" -- Muir's adventure on an Alaska glacier with a canine friend.

A Portrait of John Muir as a Young Man by the Sierra Club's 2010 Outdoors Youth Ambassador, Evan Geary. YOUTUBE. As part of the Sierra Club's Best Internship on Earth program, Evan created this entertaining video featuring John Muir historian Bonnie Gisel. Dr. Gisel gives a straightforward narration, while Evan and his animations "ham it up."
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"The Boyhood of John Muir" A dramatic family film. A Hott Production of Florentine Films. VIDEOCASSETTE. (Produced by Diane Garey; Directed by Lawrence R. Holt; Screenplay by Ken Chowder. Starring Gerda Stevenson, Ken Drury, Joanne Bett, Colin Bruce, and introducing Gary Hollywood as the young John Muir. 78 min.., 1/2 in., VHS Videocassette, 1997). Distributed by: Bullfrog Films, P.O. Box 149, Oley, PA. 19547. Telephone: 800-543-3764. Fax: 610-370-1978. email: Bullfrog@igc.apc.org
For International Distribution: Jane Balfour Films Ltd., Burghley House , 35 Fortess Road, London NW5 1AD England. Phone: 0171 267 5392 Fax: 0171 267 4241 Email: 106055.46@compuserve.com
"The Boyhood of John Muir" is a dramatic and compelling look at the early life of America's first great spokesman for wilderness.
The film is divided into three parts. In the first part, the dramatic battle lines are drawn: the free-spirited boy John Muir is pitted against his well-intentioned but unforgiving father, and the joy of nature is John's escape from the pious solemnity of their rugged life on a Wisconsin farm in the 1850s. In the second part, John gets help in his struggle from both his mother and from an older neighbor called the Yankee -- help that helps him live with his father and learn the beautiful and just laws of the natural world. In the third part, John begins to make inventions, a skill that carries him away from the backbreaking labor of the farm; but a trick of fate shows him what he really cares about. At last he abandons mechanical science to pursue his overwhelming love of nature and God's creatures.

"California Dreams: Yosemite National Park, Wilderness Man" VIDEOCASSETTE. (KOCE-TV Foundation; produced by Patrick Griffin; written & directed by J. Francis Gladstone (29 min.., 1/2 in., VHS Videocassette). Narrator: Eddie Albert
Documentary on the life of John Muir, concentrating on his conservation efforts which led to the creation of the National Park at Yosemite. For general audiences.

"California's Gold: John Muir" #5005. VIDEOCASSETTE. Huell Howser Productions, 2003.
30 minutes. $19.95. Also available in DVD as part of Huell Howser's "Yosemite Week" series, available from Huell Howser Productions, ( 800) 266-5727.

Part of Huell Howser's "California's Gold" television series, this episode involves views and two interviews conducted outside on location in Yosemite National Park. The first brief interview is of Scott Gediman, National Park Service spokesman, who gives a concise summary of who John Muir was and his importance. The rest of the video is an interview of John Muir himself (embodied by actor Lee Stetson). Part of the interview is conducted in the middle of a meadow in Yosemite Valley, with views of the spectacular granite cliffs in all directions; the final portion is conducted at Glacier Point, as Muir explains the geological history of these glaciated mountains.

"California's Golden Parks: John Muir Home" #129. VIDEOCASSETTE or DVD. Huell Howser Productions, 2004. 30 minutes. $19.95, also available as part of "Yosemite Week" series, available from Huell Howser Productions, ( 800) 266-5727.
Part of Huell Howser's "California's golden Parks" television series, this episode involves views and interviews conducted on location at John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, the Victorian residence in Martinez where the naturalist John Muir lived from 1890 to his death in 1914. After a brief introductory interview of National Park Service spokesman Tad Shay and a visit to Muir's "scribble den," Huell interviews the woman, Faire Sax, who, with her husband Henry, was responsible for restoring and preserving this important site, and then placing it under the protection of the National Park Service. An inspiring example of the difference one or a few people can make!

Lee Stetson,  An Evening with a Tramp Video

"Conversation with a Tramp" VIDEOCASSETTE. A KQED-TV S.F. production. 1992. Available from Lee Stetson's Wild Productions , Box 93, Midpines, CA 95345 Telephone: (209) 742-7838. e-mail: leestetson@sierratel.com
Lee Stetson Official Home Page (offsite link)

Same title as Stetson's audiocassette, this is a video recording of Stetson's one-man stage play of John Muir's story-telling while waiting word from Washington concerning the fate of Hetch Hetchy Valley.

"Giants in the Wilderness," a 60-minute drama, set on a bluff overlooking Pike’s Peak, Colorado, October, 1896.
One-act play and film portrays John Muir, Charles Sprague Sargent, and John Muir on a tour of the Western forests with the intent of writing a National Forest Report to be presented before Congress. Sargent and Pinchot lock horns about what the report should say, while Muir acts as a spiritual and philosophical buffer, providing insight into the sacredness of the wilderness at stake. Filmed at at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts., July 21, 2000. © 1998. Script/rights for performance available from Genevieve Fraser, 211 Dana Road, Massachusetts 01364 U. S. A., telephone (home) 978-544-1872.
E-mail: gcfraser@peoplepc.com
Website1 : http://heniford.net/4321/index.php?n=Citations-G.GiantsInTheWilderness-3m
Website2 : http://www.heniford.net/1234/3m_gitw.htm

"Heimgang" A film by Scott W. Harden. (310) 824-587. E-mail: sharden@ucla.edu VIDEOCASSETTE.
A UCLA film student presentation, a "short" showing Muir, frustrated at his desk writing articles about the wilderness, leaping up and taking the train to Yosemite to re-experience the wilderness. Narration is solely from Muir's writings. Filmed on location at John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, California, and Yosemite National Park.

Video: John Muir - Portraits The Americans image "John Muir: Environmentalist (1838-1914)" (Part of "Portraits: The Americans" Series) VIDEOCASSETTE. A GPN Production (Great Plains National Instructional Television), 1997. Product Code: 706.009. For grades 4 - 8; 15 minutes; color; Price: $39.95.
Available from Great Plains National Instructional Television, Lincoln, NE 68501-0669; Phone: (402) 472-2007 or Toll Free: 800-228-4630; Fax: 800-306-2330: Email: gpn@unl.edu; Website: http://www.gpn.unl.edu
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This educational video, intended primarily for grade 4-8, tells Muir's life story in a conversational style presented by two engaging young people narrating, with an "expert" teacher occasionally appearing in the background. The video describes his immigration from Scotland to the deep woods of Wisconsin at the age of 11, his role as an inventor and amateur botanist, his educational pursuits, and his move to California where he spent much of his time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite Valley. The emphasis is on Muir's interest in forest protection. A major failing is that the Hetch Hetchy issue is not mentioned at all. The producers state that this video "encourages an appreciation of one man's accomplishments sparked by his view of the need to preserve the wilderness and facilitates the integration of history-social science, and science."
SUPPORT MATERIALS: The teacher's guide includes a brief program synopsis, pre- and post-viewing activities, and cross-curriculum integration.
CURRICULUM APPLICATIONS: The California Educational Technology Clearinghouse suggests these classroom activities to be used in conjunction with the film: Make a map that shows the places that John Muir explored. Explain how this exploration ultimately led to environmental legislation. Go on a nature walk. Try to observe the signs of flood, erosion, and pollution, as well as sounds (both natural and man-made). Compile observations upon returning. Debate the points of view between developers and environmental groups. Compare John Muir's lifestyle as he was growing up with that of the typical teenager of today. Read and discuss poetry based on nature. Write and illustrate short nature poems.

 

"John Muir in the New World" - A 90 minute Film Documentary - premiering on PBS April 2011

Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (4/21/1838 - 12/24/1914) was all these things and more. Nearly a century after his death, this Scottish American is remembered and revered as the father of the environmental movement and the founder of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. the PBS series American Masters premieres John Muir in the New World, on air nationally Monday, April 18 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) Explaining his impact then and now, this 90-minute documentary delves into Muir's life and influences with reenactments filmed in high definition throughout the majestic landscapes he visited: Wisconsin, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Valley of California, and the glaciers of Alaska. Placing our nation's most important natural assets in a cultural and social context, John Muir in the New World is a timely reminder of America's unique and, ultimately, threatened ecosystems.

 

 

John Muir: from BBC One series "The Last Explorers." Episode 3 of 4. One Hour. First Broadcast: 08 Dec. 2011.
In this series, Neil Oliver follows in the footsteps of four Scottish explorers who planted ideas rather than flags - ideas that shaped the modern world we know today. This episode, set in the spectacular Yosemite Valley in California, is the story of the father of the modern conservation movement and one of the founders of America's National Park movement. John Muir was a 19th-century adventurer who explored the natural world and devoted his life and work to persuade others to see the sacred beauty of his discoveries.
Website: BBC One: The Last Explorers, John Muir (off-site link) - includes summary and 3 online video clips from the program (may not be available outside of Scotland).

 

"John Muir: The Man, The Poet, The Legacy" VIDEOCASSETTE. A KRON-TV S.F. Production in Association with Chronicle Productions, 1981. Produced by Ziggy Stone. Available from Canyonlands Publications, 4860 N Ken Morey Dr., Bellemont, AZ (928) 779-3888. Color with b&w sequences, VHS and PAL format.
An enthusiastic and comprehensive historical recounting of Muir's entire life by Thayer Walker which traces the events of Muir's life from his boyhood in Scotland and youth in Wisconsin, to his years of exploration and his career as a conservation crusader. Visits many of the places Muir lived and explored, with visual re-enactments, performed with heart-felt appreciation and respect for John Muir. For general audiences, excellent for classroom use.

"Earth-Planet Universe: John Muir". MOTION PICTURE. Same as above in 16 mm film format. One 16 mm. reel, 29 min.. (Said to be no longer available for purchase, but it may be available for rental from Indiana University, Audio-Visual Center, Bloomington, Indiana 47405; Toll Free Telephone ordering: (800) 552-8620 outside Indiana. Rental Price: $15.90 for up to five days; Purchase Price: $360. Order catalog No. NC1450,16.

"John Muir" FILMSTRIP. Great American Film Factory, 1975. (52 frames, color, 35 mm. with audio cassette, 15 min.).
Depicts the life of conservationist John Muir, emphasizing his campaign for the preservation of Yosemite National Park and wilderness areas. This program tells us the story of his life in his own words and those of others. For grade levels 5 - 7. Rental Price: $10.00 plus shipping (around $3.00) for a two-week booking; Purchase Price: $34.95.
Available for purchase from Educational Images, Ltd., 306 Academy Pl., P.O. Box 3456, West Side Station, Elmire, N.Y. 14905.

"John Muir's High Sierras" VIDEOCASSETTE. Dewitt Jones Productions, Los Angeles: Churchill Films (distributor) (1973). 1/2 in., VHS Videocassette. (27 minutes; School Version: 21 1/2 min..; color with b&w sequences).
Film-maker Dewitt Jones worked in Yosemite National Park for 18 months to gather footage for this film. Jones retraced some of the hikes of naturalist-conservationist John Muir in the 'temples of nature' during the late 19th century. Excerpts from Muir's diary are read over these majestic images. The video presents the land Muir cherished and wanted to share, and the role he played in conserving the National Parks, founding the Sierra Club, and more. Rental Price: $60.00. Purchase Price: $310; School Version: $290.00. For ordering, see next listing.

"John Muir's High Sierras" MOTION PICTURE. Same as above, in 16 mm. film format. Rental Price: $60.00; Purchase Price: $445; School Version: $415.00. Rental available from: Audience Planners, 5107 Douglas Fir Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302. Toll Free: (800) 624-8613; in California (818) 884-3100. Available for purchase from Churchill Films, 662 North Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069.

John Muir Conference Lectures, 1990, University of the Pacific. 3 vols. VIDEOCASSETTE. $19.95 each ppd, or $55 for all three volumes. John Muir Center for Regional Studies, UOP, Stockton, CA 95211.
(1) Paul Sheats, Edmund Schofield, Elizabeth Pomeroy; (2) Richard Fleck, Don Weiss, Keith Kennedy; (3) Stephen Mark, James Heffermen, Frederick Turner, Nancy Slack, Neil Fahy.
See John Muir Newsletter v.3 no.3 (Summer, 1993) for details, or compare 1990 conference proceedings in John Muir Life and Work ed. by Sally Miller, above.

"John Muir". MOTION PICTURE - UNAVAILABLE. Corsair Films: Released by Walt Disney Educational Materials Co., 1973). 15 min., color, 16 mm. With teacher's guide.
Traces the events in John Muir's life which led to his successful efforts to secure environmental protection legislation. Lib. of Congress Cat. Call No. QH31.M9.

"The John Muir Trail: A Video Trail Guide"
(Purple Dragon Ventures; produced by Joe and Carol McVeigh; with special appearance by Lee Stetson as John Muir (90 min.., 1/2 in., VHS Videocassette, 1994). Narrator: Carol McVeigh.
Presented in two parts; Part One is a video excursion of all 212 miles of the John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney. Not a slick commercial film, the video gives one the experience of hikers who really know and love the Trail, sharing their intimate experiences and the beautiful scenery. Part Two traces the length of the trail on topographic maps; a bit hard to read in a video format even on a fairly large screen. The video concludes with information on trail heads, permits, re-supply points, guidebooks, side-trips, and addresses.

"The John Muir Trail"
(Earth Images; Filmed, edited, and written by Lee Turkelson. John Muir quotations spoken by Mike Wilson. John Muir portrayed by Al King. (75 min.., 1/2 in., VHS Videocassette, 1996). Narrator: Joe David.
Available from: Earth Images, 1127 S. Pinkham, Visalia, CA 93292. Price: $20.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling (California residents add $1.45 sales tax.)
This video presents a magnificent journey along "America's most majestic mountain path," from Mt. Whitney to the Valley of Yosemite. Includes grandly scenic footage, and spontaneous interviews with hikers along the trail. An useful and interesting feature of the film is to show several places in both early and late summer, with major snow contrasts. John Muir, portrayed by Al King, is featured at the beginning and the end of this travelog, while Muir quotations are interspersed throughout the video.

"John Muir's 1,000 Mile Walk and Other Adventures" Presented by Dr. Richard E. Shore.
This short video gives excerpts of Dr. Shore's entertaining and informative presentations as John Muir. Told in the best storytelling tradition, you can preview clips of this online:

"Kings Canyon National Park: Gem of the Sierra." DVD. Available from Sequoia Natural History Association.
This 16 minute high definition film shows three unique regions of Kings Canyon National Park - the Kings Canyon, the Grant Grove and the High Sierra. In addition to capturing the incredible range of flora, fauna and terrain in Kings Canyon, there is a brief appearance of John Muir, portrayed by Frank Helling. Shown in the Kings Canyon National Park Visitor Center in Grant Grove, the DVD version includes over 35 minutes of special features.

"Lee Stetson the Voice of John Muir" DVD or Blu-Ray. 90 minutes. Produced by Lee Terkelsen, Earth Images Video Productions, Visalia, California, 2010
The spirit and voice of John Muir is alive due to the artistry of actor Lee Stetson who has been portraying the famous naturalist in Yosemite and throughout the U.S. since 1983. This documentary not only covers Stetson's remarkable career, but shows how Muir's eloquent words, written a century ago, continue to inspire and influence our attitudes to nature today. In this film, you will be inspired by excerpts from Stetson's five stage plays, journey with Stetson as he traces Muir's roots in Scotland and Wisconsin farm fields, and be captivated by the majesty of Yosemite, seen through the spirit of John Muir. Join Stetson as he performs stage plays based on Muir each spring and summer season in the Yosemite Theater and frequently guides visitors on saunters throughout the Yosemite Valley. Stetson has also performed as Muir in countless other venues around the world. A noted actor and historian, Stetson was the voice of John Muir in The National Parks: America's Best Idea,the acclaimed PBS documentary series by Ken Burns. Says Ken Burns about Lee Stetson, "Our good fortune in this project was meeting Lee Stetson, who knows more about John Muir than anyone else on earth. Hal Holbrook has been able to bring Mark Twain alive for us and does so magnificently. Lee Stetson does the same thing for John Muir. "As we got to know him... he [John Muir] ascended to the pantheon of the highest individuals in our country; I'm talking about the level of Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, and Thomas Jefferson, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jackie Robinson -- people who have had a transformational effect on who we are." " The video includes a half-hour bonus feature of Stetson performing Muir's most famous story: Stickeen. Join Stetson portraying John Muir in the Yosemite Theater as he recounts the famous adventure Muir had with a tiny toy dog in a fierce storm on an Alaskan glacier. Lee Stetson: The Voice of John Muir is available from Amazon.com.

"Looking for John Muir" MOTION PICTURE. A film by Robert Perkins - writer, narrator, and star. Cameraman, Graham Johnston. Presented by England's Channel Four. Shown on PBS, June, 1996.
The LA Times calls this a "Misguided Travelogue" - and they're right! The film maker here passed up an excellent opportunity to explore what Muir's 1,000 Mile Walk to the Gulf may look like today, but instead provides little more than scenes of driving a sidecar motorcycle down truck-infested highways; visiting motels and hotels; and finding almost nothing of Muir left in the South. Because Perkins travels with a dog, he cannot even visit the one place Muir visited which is now a National Park - Mammoth Caves National Park. The only bright spot in this dismal documentary is the visit to Bonaventure Cemetery, which appears to be as beautiful today as when Muir slept there in October of1867. This film is not usable for educational purposes due to its mostly irrelevant focus.

"The Mountains Call My Name" VIDEOCASSETTE. American Folklore Theatre, October 2, 1989. Written by Frederic Heide, Ph.D.
This is a musical theater presentation depicting Muir's troubled youth and nature-inspired adulthood. An interesting concept, probably better viewed in a live theatre than on a videotape.

"Muir: Man among Giants" by Stone Soup Studios Motion Picture Company LLC.

Described by the producers as a " a low budget independent feature film" that will tell the story of Muir's life. The production company indicates that the movie "MUIR" will be filmed during late winter and spring/summer of 2011. Scenes will be filmed in Yosemite, San Francisco and Mt. Shasta areas of California as well as historical scenes in various locations in Oregon. Later in the spring and early summer they will be filming in Wisconsin, Indiana and Florida as well as several other states and possibly Scotland, Canada and Alaska if funds permit. For more information, see the producer's website: http://www.muirmovie.org/

"My First Summer in the Sierra: Illustrated Edition," by John Muir & Scot Miller, Book Trailer YOUTUBE, 2010.

This video - a 3-minute "video trailer" for the forthcoming book - was prepared by the book's photographer, and interweaves splendid video with samples of the final photographs used in the book. Musical piano accompaniment is "Ca' the Yowes" by Robert Burns, performed by Tom Bopp. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the book's original publication, "My First Summer in the Sierra" - to be published March 2011 -- is illustrated with Scot Miller's stunning photographs, showcasing the dramatic landscape of the High Sierra plus John Muir's illustrations from the original edition and several previously unpublished illustrations from his 1911 manuscript. This newly illustrated anniversary edition will be a major landmark in John Muir's continuing inspiration to our modern world.
The book details Muir's first extended trip to the Sierra Nevada in what is now Yosemite National Park, a landscape that entranced him immediately and had a profound effect on his life. The towering waterfalls, natural rock formations, and abundant plant and animal life helped Muir develop his views of the natural world, views that would eventually lead him to push for the creation of the national parks. The brand-new photographs from Scot Miller are a fitting contribution from the photographer who previously brought Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" and "Cape Cod" to life.
This book is being published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy and, for each copy sold, Scot Miller is making a donation to Yosemite Conservancy.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea a film by Ken Burns DVD Cover"The National Parks: America's Best Idea" a film by Ken Burns. DVD, Blu-Ray, or iTunes. Directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Narrated by Peter Coyote. Muir quotes (and interviews) performed by Lee Stetson. Produced by Florentine Films and WETA Washington, DC. Released by PBS television in September, 2009.
Filmed over a six-year period, emphasizing the history of the national parks, the first two episodes of this superb six-part series feature John Muir, as follows:
Episode 1: Muir's Arrival in Yosemite
Episode 1: Muir's Return to Yosemite
Episode 2: Preservation vs. Conservation
Episode 2 Sidebar: Roosevelt and Muir
Episode 2 Sidebar: The Petrified Forest
Episode 2: Hetch Hetchy Dam
This film emphasizes how all our national parks were protected by people like John Muir who cared and made a difference. The film shows how the national parks are essentially democratic, preserving glorious landscapes for all citizens, rich or poor. Extensive texts, photos, video clips, and interactive features are available on the PBS National Parks: America's Best Idea website.
The PBS website also includes an extensive text, video, and photo biography of John Muir.
Do not miss the 404-page companion book (also available as an audio book on CD or from iTunes).

"The Naturalists: Earth-Planet, Universe - John Muir". VIDEOCASSETTE - Produced & directed by Jim Case, Written by Kay Eldredge. (KRMA-TV Denver, PBS Video, 1973)
Videocassette (28 min.); Color 1/2 in. VHS (from the series "The Naturalists")
Cast: Voice of John Muir by Karl Swenson; Narrator: Bob Gladstone; Photographed by Mike Halvajian and Bill Loeffler; Music by David Pew; Consultant: William F. Kimes
Made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; © Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, Inc.
The emphasis is on quotations from Muir and nature photography as the life story of John Muir is told. Excellent, inspirational overview of Muir's wilderness exploration and conservation campaigns. The only failing in this video is that there is no mention of Hetch Hetchy. Out of print until recently, the video is now available from the John Muir National Historic Site Bookstore.

Spirit of Yosemite - Visitor Orientation Film Spirit of Yosemite - The Spectacular Visitor Orientation Film at Yosemite National Park. Produced by Greystone Communications/The Yosemite Fund; Directed by David Vassar. John Muir is played by Ben Goger. Available in VHS or DVD from Yosemite Association. 23 minutes; (2001).
This state of the art orientation film for Yosemite interweaves the beauty of Yosemite with the historical influences that helped to create it. The film includes stunning vistas of Yosemite Valley, the giant sequoias, Tuolumne Meadows, and the High Sierra, often notable for amazing time-lapse photography. Historical vignettes include depictions of Galen Clark's discovery of the Mariposa Grove, and John Muir exploring Yosemite and drawing a map to show the boundaries of his proposed Yosemite National Park.
The Special Edition DVD version includes over 30 minutes of additional material in the form of 3 new short films highlighting the beauty of Yosemite Valley, the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, and Tuolumne Meadows and the High Sierra. The DVD also provides 8 audio options and 5 different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. Options for stereo surround without narration and a director and producer commentary track also are included.
For more info:

  • For His Film, You Really Have to Be There, film review by Victoria Looseleaf
  • Kodak In Camera Article about this film.

    The Story of Yosemite - Poet and the Roughrider - John Muir's Yosemite "The Story of Yosemite" DVD and VIDEOCASSETTE. (2000) Produced and Directed by Steve Parry, released by SunWest Media Group, Inc.
    This video contains three chapters: "The Poet and the Rough Rider," "John Muir's Yosemite," and "Falling Waters," all of which share much of the same film footage of Yosemite, shown in various seasons. The first Chapter includes narration of the meeting of President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, with dramatic sequences performed by Joe Early and Roosevelt and Lee Stetson as Muir. Unfortunately, this feature leaves out much of the dramatic re-enactment performed as a two-man play by Early and Stetson, and also fails to give any real details about their camping trip together. In an effort to enhance the drama, the producers misrepresent and exaggerate the differences between Roosevelt and Muir.
    The second chapter, "John Muir's Yosemite," features film footage accompanied by quotes and paraphrases from Muir's writings, with Rick Cimino as the voice of John Muir. The first section includes some of is more philosophical writings, while later sections feature his descriptions of waterfalls, forests, and other Yosemite features. A DVD feature includes a text John Muir profile. Unfortunately, the DVD menu for this section includes a photo of someone other than John Muir, whose only resemblance is the beard.
    The third chapter, "Falling Waters," features much of the same film footage, along with some additional footage, accompanied by piano music.

"Sweet and Easy" by Kathy Muir - a music video of the song is on YouTube which includes images of John Muir in Yosemite, along with scenes of the Pacific Northwest depicted by Elizabeth Colborne's 1920's color woodcuts, and photographs (1924-1929) from the Seattle Camera Club, all "artists from a bygone era whose work continues to inspire and is included for the first time ever in a music video."

"Winter is Coming - Seven Days on the John Muir Trail" by Ryan Commons. ONLINE STREAMING VIDEO (2009). available on vimeo.com.
A 40 minute video - slide-show of Ryan Common's 7 days solo backpacking the John Muir Trail from Whitney Portal to Yosemite in October. A rock-style musical sound track accompanies artistic photography, with periodic text panels quoting John Muir and explaining each part of the trip.

"The Wilderness Idea - John Muir, Gifford Pinchot and the First Great Battle of Wilderness" VIDEOCASSETTE (Florentine Films, a film by Lawrence Hott & Diane Garey) (58 min., $29.95) Distributed by: Direct Cinema Ltd., P.O. Box 10003, Santa Monica, CA 90410 310-636-8200
Documentary focusing on the Hetch Hetchy battle, from historical and contemporary perspectives. Winner of the Best History award at the American Film Festival, and gold awards at the Chicago, San Francisco, and National Educational film festivals.. It was broadcast on The American Experience. Part of a series. For general audiences. Yosemite The Storm of Beauty

"Yosemite: The Storm of Beauty." DVD and VIDEOCASSETTE (1999) Produced, directed, and photographed by Jeffrey David Nicholas. Narrated, researched, and written by Lee Stetson based on the writings of John Muir. ( Panorama International Productions, Inc., 4988 Gold Leaf Dr., Mariposa, CA 95338. $20.00)
This is a peaceful, relaxing, deliberately slow-moving video journey through Yosemite, including Tuolumne Meadows, the Giant Sequoias of the Mariposa Grove, and Yosemite Valley itself. It is an evocative film of Yosemite through the changing seasons. The sound track features Nature's sounds and New Age type music, with narration in John Muir's words by Lee Stetson. Many of Muir's best meditations on the beauties of nature are presented. The photography and Muir's words flow smoothly throughout this beautiful film.

"Young John Muir Finding Old Home" - YouTube - A short film (6:20 min.). Presented by Dunbar Primary School, titled "A Most Unusual Boy". John Muir returns to his birthplace, Dunbar and meets a couple of local children. He tells them about his school and introduces them to his friends. A strange and beautiful twist to the story happens at the end. View on YouTube.

 

 


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