— Fall 2017 —
As a young boy of eleven, I was recuperating from a mild case of polio and, as a reward for my ordeal, my mother drove me to Yosemite.
When we emerged from the Wawona Tunnel that opens up to the spectacular Tunnel View, my breath was taken away. I had never seen anything like it - so beautiful, so majestic. God's sculpting on a massive scale. I decided then and there that I didn't want to just look at it - I wanted to be in it. Hence, as a teenager I camped there, climbed there, and eventually went to work there at Yosemite Lodge and Camp Curry.
That experience, plus the changes that have come over time with tourism and development, led me to the making of a film - included here - in 1989. The film, Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven.
Yosemite, for me, still represents the finest example of what nature has given us in its preserved state. There are many beautiful monuments that will continue to exist if politics will allow. But for me, perhaps because of personal experience, Yosemite is the most beautiful of all.
Discover Fall with Sundance
and the Yosemite Conservancy
Every fall for the last four years, we have chosen to shoot in locations which hold near and dear to the heart of our vision. At Sundance, we are committed to protecting our precious earth and have been a champion of the National Parks since we opened our doors over 25 years ago. Our choice to shoot in one of the most pristine places in the United States made sense. Yosemite National Park set the perfect backdrop for our newest collection.
As former President and ardent supporter of the National Parks Service, Theodore Roosevelt said, “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, which can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm."
His words are a source of inspiration and a reminder to support the preservation of the one-of-a-kind beauty in our national parks. In recognition of the beauty of the natural landscapes that the parks provide, we have partnered with Yosemite Conservancy to showcase what Yosemite National Park has to offer.
Yosemite Conservancy inspires people to support projects and programs that preserve Yosemite and enrich the visitor experience. The conservancy provides grants to Yosemite National Park based on the highest-priority needs of the park. Its grants have provided such restorative projects as the trail to Lower Yosemite, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, numerous life-changing youth programs that champion imagination and learning, and so much more. We are privileged to partner with such a wonderful organization that ensures Yosemite's grandeur through the ages.
As we celebrate the spirit of Yosemite, it is important to share in what makes it special. We are honored our founder, actor Robert Redford, lent his voice to narrating the film Yosemite: Fate of Heaven. The film visits Yosemite and was enriched by the discovery in the archives of a little-known story from Lafayette Bunnell, a medical doctor with the First Army Battalion, which was sent into the park in 1851. As part of our collection, we are pleased to stream the Yosemite: Fate of Heaven film for free which you can view above.
As continued support to Yosemite and the parks, we will be donating a portion of the proceeds from our Yosemite: Four Seasons book to the Yosemite Conservancy in their work to ensure Yosemite's beauty through the ages. Enjoy the film above!