Kenyon College

The Film of Trees: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

May 8, 2021 8:30pm – 10:00pm

Join us for an outdoor mini film festival at the Gund Gallery! For three nights this month, we’ll be screening movies that explore the complex portrayals of trees in modern cinema. We’re finishing up this special event with a screening of Moonrise Kingdom (2012).

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom poster

On the island of New Penzance, Sam and Suzy are a young couple on the run from their families and friends, seeking solace in a forest as they journey into adolescence. A search party is organized to track the two twelve-year-olds down before an approaching storm hits the island. In this coming-of-age tale that takes place in the embrace of nature, the forest is a surreal place brimming with possibilities.

Saturday, May 8, 2021, starting at 8:30 PM

Due to adverse weather, this screening has been moved to the Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery.

Registration for this event is now full.

This is program is free and open to all Kenyon College community members. Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 8:00 PM. Please plan to arrive at the Community Foundation Theater between 8:00-8:30 PM to check in. Pre-registration is required for all attendees.

About the series:

The Film of Trees aims to explore the complicated relationship between humanity and the natural world. Film has the power to reveal the complexities of this bond, and overall this series explores a cycle of changes in our struggle to come to terms with nature. Trees, whether maple, oak, pine or bamboo, have become a form of setting, atmosphere, and character in cementing storytelling for centuries. This series is timely, as this year the Paris Climate Accord is up for renewal with the participation of a re-engaged, more ecologically friendly United States. In rethinking conservation and preservation policies, the larger discussion on a green economy through technological innovations plays a significant role in cultural imaginations about the future of our natural world and how we will live in it. 

Series Screening Schedule:

The Film of Trees is curated by the Gund Associates in collaboration with the Brown Family Environmental Center.

The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.