In Plein Air

8 films in this block (50 minutes)

In Plein Air

#freshcoasting isn’t just a hashtag, but a way of life that incorporates inspiration, conservation, adventure, and art! This film block features artists and celebrating the environment around them.


The Films

The Bothy Project

  • Year 2016
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Runtime 10 min
  • Director Jen Randall

The Bothy Project is about exploring the wilds on your own terms, in your own style. Artists Tessa Lyons, Natasha Brooks and writer Claire Carter take themselves into the vast emptiness of the Sheneval bothy in the Scottish Northwest to let go and unravel. A run, a hike, a swim; a painting, a poem, or an animation, each woman’s experience is woven into this beautiful short film.

Ironhead

  • Year 2015
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 9 min
  • Director Thomas C. Johnson

Ironhead documents the creative work of ironmonger Kelly Ludeking and the happenings at his Down on the Farm Iron Pour, a yearly communal gathering of local and national artists collaborating to make cast iron art at the Ludeking family farm in Decorah, Iowa.

Nita

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Loren Earle

A video portrait depicting the life’s work of Upper Michigan’s premiere artist Nita Engle. Her watercolor landscapes keep record of the few and fleeting wild spaces left in the world.

Marieke

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director Thomas C. Johnson

Marieke Penterman is an acclaimed Dutch cheesemaker from Throp, Wisconsin, who passionately explains her award-winning Gougda making, which has earned her more than 30 awards. Marieke makes wonderful use of traditional Holland cheesemaking methods, in addition to having special relationships with all of her cows.

The Boardman Review: The Rabbit Island Foundation

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 5 min
  • Director Courtney and Michael Kent

On an island in Lake Superior, creativity, environmental philosophy, and remote wilderness come together to create an artist residency like no other. The Compass Points Here provides a visual taste of this unique remote island.

Saint John's Maple Syrup

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 8 min
  • Director Ian Fritz & Conor Murphy

Spring is a time when life returns to the woods. Saint John’s has been crafting Maple syrup since the sugar shortages of World War 2 and their story has largely remained unchanged. Explore the history and individuals behind the timeless process of turning sap into syrup.

Made in Marquette: Mike Horton

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Aaron Peterson

Mike Horton is Marquette’s original surfer, and co-founder of the Presque Isle Depot art studio. This is his story.

Intersection: Micayla Gatto

  • Year 2017
  • Country Canada
  • Runtime 5 min
  • Director Lacy Kemp

Professional mountain biker and artist Micayla Gatto recreates in her paintings the sweeping vistas of ridgelines she rides on her bike. Both cornering berms and putting paintbrush to canvas allow Gatto to achieve that magical flow state where she exists completely and happily in the present moment. Intersection takes us inside the vibrant space where artist and athlete collide, as Gatto pedals through her artwork with a splash of color.