Yosemite National Park, Saturday, March 1, 2014
Yosemite National Park in partnership with the Ansel Adams Gallery presented the Youth In Yosemite Short Film Contest in coordination with the esteemed “Range of Light” adult film contest- “A Celebration of Yosemite Through Film.” The youth contest was so well received declared one park ranger excitedly at the conclusion of the contest, that she said, “I’m excited, an Arts Institute in San Francisco is discussing the possibility of another showing of these films, there.” The enthusiastic audience appreciatively applauded and all seemed to agree that the youth film contest should become an annual event.
One of the categories for the youth films was, “What Yosemite Means to Me” and students from Greeley Hill and from three schools, Mariposa High School, Coulterville High School, and Greeley Hill Goldrush Charter School presented a fantastic film. The film won Honorable Mention and was the only film to be designated as the Most Collaborative Film in the contest. Supported by and filmed at the John Muir Geotourism Center and the Northern Mariposa County History Center, these Greeley Hill youth created a film titled: “Greeley Hill Kids Discover Hidden History.” The film highlighted connections between the Civil War, the naming of Coulterville, the first four-wheel road to Yosemite from Coulterville through Greeley Hill. Greeley family ties to these histories and John Muir’s connections with the area and the creation of the National Parks through his influence on President Teddy Roosevelt were included. Roosevelt stayed in Coulterville during his travels to Yosemite before he met with and spent three days camping with John Muir. Roosevelt stayed in Coulterville during his travels to Yosemite before he met with and spent three days camping with John Muir.