Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

An American Ascent

Saturday, March 19, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Baird Auditorium
Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20560
United States

 Image credit: Hudson Henry


An American Ascent (USA, 2015, 66 min.) 

As the United States transitions to a “minority majority” nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America's wild places.

Nine climbers set out on the first African-American expedition to tackle Denali (previously known as Mount McKinley), the continent’s highest peak, on the hundredth anniversary of its first summit. Their historic multi-week adventure, depicted in An American Ascent, challenges entrenched and outdated notions of racial identity and the environment, changing the way we think about our great American parks and who uses them. Directed and produced by George Potter and Andy Adkins.

Followed by a discussion with the director of the film, George Potter, subject of the film, Tyhree Moore, and Wilderness Program Leader, U.S. Forest Service, Elwood York.

Part of the 2016 Environmental Film Festival at NMNH

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