‘Wilderness Song’ Documentary
‘Wilderness Song’, a documentary about the young artist, writer and hiker Everett Ruess, who disappeared in the Utah wilderness in 1934, will be shown at Dewey Hall in Sheffield, Mass., on Saturday, August 31 at 6:30. Well-known singer/songwriter Dan Bern will perform an original soundtrack at the screening, playing songs he wrote specifically for the film, adapted from Ruess’s writings.
At the age of sixteen, Everett Ruess renounced society and set out to live and travel in the American Southwest in the early 1930s. He was an accomplished artist, poet and writer who documented his journeys before vanishing in 1934. The reason for his disappearance remains a mystery. Documentary filmmaker Lindsay Jaeger traced Reuss’ travels and interviewed numerous people, some of whom knew Ruess personally. Ruess was inspired to create art and poetry, and found great joy in the stunning beauty of southern Utah’s red-rock landscapes. He embodied the vagabond spirit that inspired Jack Kerouac and others.
Complimentary appetizers and desserts will be served at the event. Artwork by Ruess, film DVDs, and more will be available for sale, with all proceeds benefitting WBCR-lp. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets at wbcr-lp.bpt.me, or via WBCR-lp’s website at berkshireradio.org. Special thanks to event sponsors Berkshire Co-op Market, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Berkshire Property Agents, Toole Insurance and Red Lion Inn.
WBCR-lp 97.7FM Great Barrington is Berkshire County’s only non-profit, all volunteer, non-commercial community radio station. Founded in 2004.
For information, contact Tracey Mahon at 413-281-7355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.