Saturday, October 21, 2023 | 6 PM
Art Mission Oak Cliff

The Heart Beats Outside: An Evening of Immersive Environmentalism

About the Event

At the beautifully restored Arts Mission Oak Cliff in the heart of historic Winnetka Heights, we welcome guests to an evening of environmental film, food, music and storytelling.  The evening will begin at 6pm with food and beverage service in the side garden, and will continue at 7pm in the “sanctuary” theater space of this church-turned-performance-venue.  Beautiful projection mapping from Lightware Labs will transport our audience to far off land and waterscapes, followed by a thoughtful short film block and conversation centered around the powerful ways in which nature communicates with us. The evening will close with extraordinary music performances from the Nick Rothouse Trio and world-renowned cellist and multi-instrumentalist Ben Sollee, augmented by the captivating acoustics that only a former church could provide. Valet parking available.

Tickets are $60 and General admission includes the entire experience.

Get tickets early for Earlybird prices, 15% off until October 9, 2023

Short Film
Walking on Clouds

Total Runtime: 7 minutes

Walking on Clouds (7 min)

This short film shows the highline crossing between two air balloons, performed at the end of 2021, in the city of Praia Grande, Santa Catarina, Brazil, by athlete Rafael Bridi, achieving the highest highline record in the world by the Guinness Book.


Total Runtime: 15 minutes

Soundscape (15 min)

Soundscape features Erik Weihenmayer, a global adventure athlete and author who is fully blind, as he ascends a massive alpine rock face deep in the Sierra Nevada. Using expert camera work and emotive, novel animation to bring to life a concept by adaptive climbing pioneer Timmy O’Neill.

Light Beams for Helena

Total Runtime: 10 minutes

Light Beams for Helena (10 min)

Helena Bourdillon has pushed her limits in the freediving world, using a single breath to dive to depths that would kill most human beings. But her path to discovering her diving potential started 20 years ago, when she was on the verge of suicide. Light Beams For Helena explores her journey with depression, her ongoing mental health efforts, and what diving into the darkness of deep water has taught her about life and light.

Tempo II: Movement in Jungle

Total Runtime: 6 minutes

Tempo II: Movement in Jungle (6 min)

A conceptual exploration of the shared feelings between music and mountains — Tempo II. Movements in Jungle is set in the world’s largest urban jungle, exploring styles of Brazilian drumming and trail running.

Live Performance by

Ben Sollee

American cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer known for his political activism. His music incorporates banjo, guitar, and mandolin along with percussion and unusual cello techniques. His songs exhibit a mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and R&B elements. Sollee has also composed longer instrumental pieces for dance ensembles and for film.

Projection Mapping by

Lightware Labs

Art Mission Oak Cliff

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