Prophet. Author. Poet. Conservationist. Radical. Mystic.John Muir Movie explores the remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism. The environmental movement stands on the shoulders of a few great conservationists, especially John Muir. The Unruly Mystic: John Muir is a personal and an inspirational journey.
“I praise you for your Muir film. It is powerful and beautiful–the footage of nature shots is nothing short of STUNNING–as fine a collection of nature shots in one film I have EVER seen! And the people you have speaking is excellent too.”
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“The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” resembles a beautiful cascading stream that distinguishes its various strands, reunites them in a new pattern, distinguishes them again in a different way, and then reunites them for the grand finale. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie.”
Valuing our natural wild places for their transformational qualities, and encouraging everyone to deeply experience nature for its spiritual nourishment, The Unruly Mystic: John Muir Movie explores the remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism. The filmmaker, though his own personal journey, entices people to appreciate nature’s beauty and to connect deeper to its abundance.
Movie Summary / Synopsis The environmental movement stands on the shoulders of a few great conservationists, especially John Muir. Also known as “John of the Mountains”, Muir was a naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, founder of the Sierra Club, mountaineer and dedicated advocate for the vital preservation of our natural resources and the wild places in the United States. Through his dedicated activism, this wilderness champion was a staunch pioneer. Muir’s gallant spirit and his important legacy live on in our national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, hiking trails and national forests.
Muir, an ecological prophet and Christian mystic, has profoundly shaped the ways in which we understand and envision our relationship with the natural world, and his work has become a personal guide into the natural world for countless individuals. In “The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” an award-winning movie director and producer, Michael M. Conti, illustrates how he has been personally influenced by Muir’s writings.
Muir valued nature for its spiritual and transcendental qualities, referring to wild nature as places for rest, inspiration, and prayer, and he encouraged everyone to experience nature for its spiritual nourishment. The movie is a personal and an inspirational journey about how the filmmaker and others reaffirms their appreciation of nature through the revolutionary writings of John Muir, and by spending time in nature as Muir advocated. What is this emotional connection to nature we can all share? Each of us are on our own personal yet universal journey in how we connect with nature. We explore that question as the film leads the viewer through a fascinating timeline of John Muir’s life, from his humble beginnings as a child in Scotland. Throughout these adventures we meet people who share their own perspectives on nature and of John Muir, how he inspired them, and what that inspiration has done for them in their own lives. All of which comes back to our connection to nature and how that can lead to an awakening of spirit such as experienced by John Muir, by the filmmaker.
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