Sunday, October 22, 2023 | 6:30 PM
The Kessler Theater

Where Passion Meets Purpose

Our closing screening will take place at The Kessler Theater in the heart of beautiful, historic Oak Cliff. We will share a selection of short films that highlight stories of characters that not only find purpose in the outdoors, but strive to share that opportunity with others.  Themes of conservation, food sovereignty and intersectionality will also be discussed both on screen and in thoughtful panel conversations.  The evening will close with an intimate performance from Danielle Ponder, a rising R&B/Soul singer who left her career as a New York public defender to pursue her calling in music. Valet parking available.

Following the event, guests that purchase a ticket including after party admission are invited to join us at The Wild Detectives for drinks, dancing, and music by DJ Elkin Pautt as we celebrate our final festival night. 


Ticket Breakdown: 

$30 – Floor Level:  Film Screenings, live Q & A + Concert by Danielle Ponder

$40 -Same as above + entry to After Party

$50 – Balcony level + After Party

A suite which includes 8 seats + After Party entry is also available for purchase.

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

Short Film

Lineup

Well Worn Life

Total Runtime: 6 minutes

Well Worn Life (6 min)
Well Worn Life is a short documentary film series by Arkansas-based outdoor company Livsn Designs. Well Worn Life reveals the recipes of outdoor-minded individuals who love life deeply – and live it to the fullest extent – as their brand name, livsnjutare suggests.

In their newest film, meet Dani Reyes-Acosta: a mountain athlete, land cultivator, and storyteller whose path consistently seeks the limits of her possibility. Ticking off climbs and ski lines across South America, cultivating her role as a legacy Coloradoan, and setting the course for the future of outdoor access in remote communities, Dani is a visceral example of how self-care and self-determination can harmonize via the outdoors.

The Ghost Rainforest

Total Runtime: 10 minutes

The Ghost Rainforest (10 min)

Told from the perspective of indigenous activist Narubia Werreria, ‘The Ghost Rainforest’ follows a group of five indigenous leaders and activists from the Amazon, making an emotionally charged and once in a lifetime journey to a little known and desperately rare temperate rainforest habitat on the West Coast of Scotland. The visit is set amidst the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, a moment in history the world needed to listen to them, as ‘guardians of the forests’, but instead left them feeling ignored and sidelined. They bring their ancestral wisdom and deep spiritual connection with nature to Scotland’s Rainforest to carry out a sacred blessing, connect distant communities and share a message of resilience and hope, to weave our existence back into the web of life. The film focuses on the importance of indigenous wisdom to reconnect to these habitats before it’s too late.

4DWN

Total Runtime: 17 minutes

4DWN (17 min)

The story of 4DWN is incredibly inspiring because it is both unconventional and deeply personal. Their place on the confluence of food security and skateboarding provided a unique storytelling experience and a portrait of humanity and hope that documentary audiences typically don’t experience.

Miles to Go

Total Runtime: 8 minutes

Miles to Go (8 min)
In 2022 alone there were over 300 anti LGBTQ+ bills proposed in various states across the country. Refusing to sit idly by, trans trail runner Perry Cohen (he/him) formed a team of fellow runners who identify as trans men with an aim to compete in races in states proposing and passing hateful legislation. Miles to Go follows their journey into the world of trail running and the freedom to be themselves on the trail.

The Mud on Their Hands

Total Runtime: 14 minutes

The Mud on Their Hands (14 min)

Everything changed after Katrina. Many fled the destruction but Rev. Tyronne Edwards of Phoenix, LA, led the effort to rebuild the town his family has lived in for five generations. After a lifetime of community organizing – climate activism and inspiring future generations to protect their home from future storm surge has become Tyronne’s latest calling.

 

The Kessler Theater

The Kessler Theater is located at:

1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, Texas 75208

Join us after the show at
The Wild Detectives

Following the event, guests that purchase a ticket including after party admission are invited to join us at The Wild Detectives for drinks, dancing, and music by DJ Elkin Pautt as we celebrate our final festival night.

Dj
Elkin Pautt
Live Appearances by

Special Guests

Music Performance by

Danielle Ponder

Bravery can take many forms. For Danielle Ponder it took the shape of a leap of faith: leaving her successful day job working in the public defender’s office in her hometown of Rochester to devote herself full-time to sharing her powerful voice with the world. 

The singer-songwriter’s mesmerizing eight song debut Some of Us Are Brave reinforces that her faith was not misplaced, and her leap has been rewarded with a safe landing. 

Written and recorded over three years, the album is a refreshingly original, shiver-inducing mix of pop, R&B, blues, rock, and moody trip-hop topped by Ponder’s celestial voice— an instrument that can plumb melancholy depths with a heartsick murmur and scrape the sky with hurricane force wails.

Dani Reyes-Acosta

Award-winning filmmaker, athlete, and strategist Dani Reyes-Acosta inspires individual action and collective communion through stories of reciprocity in the outdoors—rewriting the story of how we build community along the way. She is the subject of the short documentary Well Worn Life, and will join us for the closing program Where Passion Meets Purpose.

Rob Cahill

Rob Cahill is the co-founder of the 4DWN Project, an effort that serves as a skate park, community hub, food rescue and regenerative farm in a South Dallas food desert.  He is featured in the short documentary 4DWN, and will join us for our closing program Where Passion Meets Purpose.

Mike Crum

Mike Crum, a Dallas native, was a vertical skateboarding prodigy, becoming a professional by his mid-teens in 1991.  He is the co-founder and Executive Director of the 4DWN Project, an effort that serves as a skate park, community hub, food rescue and regenerative farm in a South Dallas food desert.  He appears in the short documentary 4DWN, and will join us for our closing program Where Passion Meets Purpose.

Theresa Tumminia

Theresa Tumminia serves as the Director of Outreach & Programming for 4DWN. In her role, she has implemented specific programs & helped promote the vision of the co-founders to combat food insecurity and promote sustainability in underserved communities.  She appears in the short documentary 4DWN, and will join us for our closing program, Where Passion Meets Purpose.

Seth List

Seth List (he/him) was your quintessential tomboy, playing full contact pop warner football and competing against the boys in regional karate contests long before coming out and starting his physical transition. As an adult, Seth found camaraderie in the small but exceptionally diverse tribe of fellow trail racers who shared his pursuit of bigger adventures, longer distances, and a passion for the “road” less traveled.  He is featured in the documentary short, Miles to Go, and will join us for our closing program Where Passion Meets Purpose.

Reverend Tyronne Edwards

Reverend Tyronne Edwards is a pastor and longtime community activist in the fishing community in Phoenix, Louisiana.  He is the subject of the short documentary The Mud on Their Hands and will join us for a Q&A following the screening.

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