“tending fires” – showing saturday, june 16th, 7 PM LPCA

Tending Fires

In Person:  Michael Gaston,
Peter Ferland
US, 2012, 79 mins
Saturday, June 16, 7 PM LPCA

“Tending Fires” is a documentary about the inner workings of a rite of passage ceremony created for seven adolescent boys who were each taken to an isolated spot on a mountainside in the Catskill Mountains in New York State and asked to tend a fire for 24 hours.  …By themselves.

The coming-of-age ceremony depicted in “Tending Fires” not only involves the seven adolescent boys in the Hudson Valley, but the multi-generational circle of men who showed up to help create it.  The film, directed by Peter Ferland, examines the impact the ceremony had on their families, and the larger ramifications for a community when culture is created.












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