Homestead Film Festival 2014

Film Festival

Get ready to take in an exciting selection of fun and powerful movies at this year's Homestead Film Festival at Homestead National Monument of America! Films will be shown in the Education Center at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and all but one Sunday in January and February, 2014. How would modern families fare living like homesteaders of old? How did the Dust Bowl impact the Nation? What did the Civil War look like on the contentious Kansas-Missouri border? How has the vast plains landscape transformed over time? Who does the Lorax speak for?! Find out the answers to these questions in this year's films.

This year's impressive line-up will give audiences insights into the complex, dynamic worlds of history and nature, all while having fun at the movies!

There is no cost or ticket necessary to attend the Film Festival, so bring the whole family and enjoy the show!

2014 Film Festival Schedule

Frontier House: Episodes both 1 & 2
- Saturday and Sunday, January 4 & 5

Frontier House: Episodes both 3 & 4 - Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12

Frontier House: Episodes both 5 & 6 - Saturday and Sunday, January 18 & 19

Dust Bowl by Ken Burns - Part 1 Saturday and Sunday, January 25 & 26

Dust Bowl by Ken Burns - Part 2 Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2

Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild - Saturday and Sunday, February 8 & 9

Road to Valhalla: Special Premiere - Saturday, February 15

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax - Saturday and Sunday, February 22 & 23

Film Synopses

Frontier House
The Festival will kick off with "Frontier House," a PBS reality series following three modern families that have been sent to live like 1880s homesteaders in Montana. They encounter challenge after challenge and have to scramble to survive this rugged flashback of a lifestyle. Could you do it? The six total episodes have been divided across three weekends in January; begin by seeing episodes 1 and 2 on each day of the first weekend,
January 4-5.

Dust Bowl
THE DUST BOWL chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.

Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild
Follow nature photographer Michael Forsberg as he examines the remaining "wildness" in the Great Plains of North America. Featuring stunning imagery, the program is based on Forsberg's book of the same name. Less than 200 years ago, the Great Plains was one of the greatest grassland ecosystems on Earth, stretching nearly a million square miles down the heart of the continent. The prairie was a place of constant motion, shaped by an unforgiving cycle of the seasons. Huge numbers of bison, elk, pronghorn, deer, prairie dogs, prairie wolves and even grizzlies were common. There were massive migrations of birds and fish. But as America grew, and the land was settled and tamed, the wildness began disappearing.

Road to Valhalla
Long after the Civil War, Confederate veteran Barry Benson said that if the veterans did not all rejoin on earth, then maybe one day in Valhalla. Valhalla is a term that was often used in Norse mythology to mean a sort of warrior's heaven. Road to Valhalla will tell the story of the War in the West, especially the Kansas-Missouri Border War, and the contributions made to restore the region and the nation. The eruption of the Civil War in 1861 came as a shock to many Americans, but not to the people of the Kansas-Missouri border. They had been at war since 1854, fighting to determine whether Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. Kansas entered the Union as a free state in January of 1861, while the southern states were seceding. Over the next four years, the border war would escalate until it became difficult to tell friend from foe and many had even forgotten the source of the disagreement. Battles, irregular warfare, the largest civilian massacre on a city and forced evacuations characterized this challenging period. The conflict would end, the Union would be restored, and former enemies would become neighbors again.

The Lorax
Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. The one who tells him the story is the Once-ler, an elderly inventor/manufacturer who tells the boy how the town came to be ruined, and most importantly, what he can do to turn things around.

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