The Adventure Film Festival, an international fest that highlights award-winning independent films featuring a variety of outdoor and environmental themes, will stop in Chicago for the first time Sunday to benefit a local organization that helps works to get local youth outdoors.
The festival, which will take place at the Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., includes 10 films ranging from two and a half minutes to an hour in length that cover multiple adventure themes, from surfing to biking to running. Proceeds from ticket sales, which cost $20 for general admission or $40 for VIP admission with an added reception, gift bag and priority seating, will support Chicago Inspiring Connections Outdoors, an outreach program of the Sierra Club.
“We do work with different youth programs through the area: charter schools, public schools, after school programs, the Boys and Girls Club,” Chris Greiner, the Chicago ICO chairperson, says. “We organize different types of outings and take care of everything. We provide transportation, food and logistics, and [the progams] provide the kids. We take them outside on day hike camping trips, on services outings, many different types of stuff. We get them outside to have a good time and learn something along the way.”
Chicago ICO allows local youth to experience the outdoors in different ways, from removing invasive species on service trips to area forest preserves to camping trips in the fall and spring to day hikes at Starved Rock State Park in the winter to see bald eagles and frozen waterfalls. The group takes its participants out about 12 times per year and is most active during the school year.
“If we get enough funds, we’re hoping to be able to go on larger types of outings,” Greiner says. “We’d love to do more paddling and that type of stuff, but we don’t do much of it now because you have to rent boats, but [we’d like to] increase the number of outings we go on.”
Films on the Chicago lineup include Every Runner Has A Reason, a short production that takes a look into runner Ronnie Goodman’s motivation for participating in the sport, Comes With Baggage, an exploration of 150 years of bicycle history and An American Ascent, which follows a team of nine African American mountaineers climbing Denali.
The Adventure Film Festival will also include a raffle featuring prizes from sponsors including Patagonia, Brooklyn Boulders, First Ascent, Whole Foods, Performance Bicycle, Po Campo, Black Diamond, the Sierra Club and Bai.
You can purchase tickets to the Adventure Film Festival and learn more about the event on Eventbrite.