Earth Seasoned: #GapYear

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Subjects: At Risk Youth, Conflict Resolution, Education, Nature, Psychology, Women's Studies

Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 75 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes, link below

Copyright Date: 2017
Available in French: No

Earth Seasoned...#GapYear is the inspiring story of five young urban women who spend a gap year between high school and college living semi-primitively in a remote mountainside wilderness in Oregon. Told mainly through the story of Tori Davis, a teenager with learning difficulties, the film chronicles the group's four seasons in the woods as part of the Caretaker nature program. As the seasons succeed, the group has to adapt to what the wilderness provides and to what it withholds.
Through lyrical live action footage and smartly paced animation, the film reveals how separately and together the girls learn ancient skills of craftsmanship and teamwork and forge deep powers of resilience and self-reliance. Earth Seasoned has essential messages about talent, compassion and community and about the real conditions for human flourishing. 
"Touching, inspiring, and sobering, Earth Seasoned beautifully illuminates what happens to our sense of self, our connection to non-human nature, and our relationship to other humans when we slow down and use our brains and bodies in the ways we are built to do. This film holds lessons for all of us. A great addition to courses in psychology, environmental studies, women's studies, outdoor recreation, and disciplines in which instructors wish to challenge their students to reflect on what it means to be fully alive."
- Dr. Britain Scott, Professor of Psychology,
University of St. Thomas, Co-author, Psychology for Sustainability

DVD Features
DVD includes SDH Captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.


Best Feature, Nederland Film Festival
Jury Grand Prize, Regional Feature Film, Klamath Independent Film Festival
Audience Award, Jefferson State Flixx Fest

Screened at:
BendFilm Festival
Ashland Independent Film Festival
Port Townsend Film Festival
Environmental Youth Forum, California Film Institute


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