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‘Untrammeled’ Film Debut Highlights UM Students’ Wilderness Journey

April 03, 2014

MISSOULA – A new film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act examines the transformative power of untrammeled wilderness on youth and the importance of getting people of all ages into Montana’s backcountry.

“Untrammeled,” a short documentary film, will premiere at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the University Center Theater at the University of Montana. It is the final event of the 2014 Wilderness Issues Lecture Series hosted by the Wilderness Institute at UM. After the screening, UM students will lead a panel discussion, and Montana musician Jack Gladstone will perform. The event is free and open to the public.

“Untrammeled” is a joint production between the U.S. Forest Service, the Back Country Horsemen of Montana and the UM Wilderness Institute, and aims to invigorate a new generation of wilderness users and stewards.        

“We were excited to highlight the Wilderness and Civilization program at UM as a way to invigorate students around the country to celebrate wilderness in time for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act,” said UM Wilderness Institute Director Natalie Dawson.

High school and college students participated in two separate wilderness-based trips as part of the film projects. A film crew accompanied each group on their trips, with the goal of capturing the transformative power of wilderness on students and leaders. The UM trip took 10 Wilderness and Civilization students on a 12-day backpacking trek through the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the fall.

“This film highlights the importance of these wilderness-based trips for students of any age,” said Dawson.  

Watch a trailer for “Untrammeled” online at http://vimeo.com/77081280. For more information call Dawson at 406-552-5550.

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Contact: Natalie Dawson, UM Wilderness Institute director, 406-552-5550, ; Joni Packard, USDA Forest Service, Region 1, 406-329-3187, .