The new documentary by filmmaker Michael Conti, “The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” will premier in Moab at 7 p.m. April 10 at Star Hall, 159 E. Center Street. A repeat screening will be held at Star Hall on April 28.
The documentary explores the “remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism,” said producer Heather Boyle in a statement.
She said the film discusses the connection between nature and spirituality, using the life and wisdom of Muir, ecological preservationist and founder of Yosemite National Park, as a catalyst for how being outside in nature affects the lives of everyday people today.
Muir played many roles in his life: mystic, prophet, author, poet, conservationist, radical, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved. “Muir’s writings have profoundly shaped the ways in which we understand and envision our relationship with the natural world today, and his work has become a personal guide into the natural world for countless individuals,” said a press release from event promoters.
The film features interviews with noted psychiatrists, theologians, writers, members of the National Park Service, and everyday people, and asks them to discuss their relationship with nature and its transformative effect in their lives.
The film is 70 minutes, and director Michael Conti and Boyle will be in attendance for a short Q&A after the film.
Since its premier last April, “The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” has had more than 30 theatrical screenings in five states, with more than 3,300 viewers.
Here’s a link to purchase tickets online for the April 10 show. Boyle said tickets for the April 28 screening have not yet gone on sale.