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Thank you to the director, Mark Lipman, for gifting Refuge to the MFF community. You may enjoy the film for free or you can choose to pay. Half the proceeds will directly support the director and half will fund MFF's main festival and off-season programming.

This is an official Pat's Pick and there will be a conversation between Pat Ferrero and Mark Lipman immediately after the film. The conversation may also be viewed on youtube.

Filmed and recorded over the past three years, Refuge is a reflection of my experiences at a wildlife refuge in California's Central Valley, a winter home to hundreds of thousands of migrating waterfowl.

The day in Refuge unfolds slowly, starting at sunrise with the return of geese from foraging overnight in nearby rice fields. There is no music or narration so it offers an opportunity to sink deeply into the experience of birds, water, mountains, trees and grasses.

Refuge began its exhibition life as a video installation at the Museum of Northern California Art on 3 screens arranged in a shallow arc with surround sound, so that viewers were enveloped by image and sound. I have reconfigured it as a single-channel, stereo piece for theatrical exhibition and streaming on the web, so it's best viewed on a large screen. -Mark Lipman, Director of Refuge. Learn more about the film by visiting https://openstudioproductions.com/refuge/. Connect with Mark on Facebook

  • Year
  • Runtime
    45 minutes
  • Premiere
    Festival Premiere
  • Director
    Mark Lipman