Mountainfilm on Tour: Saugatuck is gearing up for a big shebang in Saugatuck on March 22-23. The weekend is packed with inspiring films, family activities, live music, local food, pop-up arts shows and demonstrations. We want to give you the heads up on what to keep an eye out for!

#10: Prayer Flags Around Town

Prayer Flags Saugatuck

Mountainfilm in Telluride officially adopted the prayer flag into their community design in 2016. Prayer flags have long been an icon of peace and blessings in the mountains, and during the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, local businesses and townspeople adorn their shops and homes with the colorful markers. Likewise, you’ll notice flags around town during the week of Mountainfilm on Tour in Saugatuck, and you can be sure that wherever the flags are flying that establishment embraces the mantra of peace and blessings, and is an official believer in Mountainfilm.

#9: Local Food & Specials

The food scene in Saugatuck is blowing up. With new restaurants opening every few months be assured you’ll eat well while in town for Mountainfilm on Tour: Saugatuck. We will have local food at the SCA before and after the big Friday night screening, and here’s our short list of partners offering specials all weekend. Check out Borrowed Time, the new Coast 236, Phil’s Bar and Grille, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Tree of Life, Uncommon Coffee Roasters and Farmhouse Deli. We’ll update this list as others join the party!

#8: Landsharks

Landsharks is the official merchandise headquarters of Mountainfilm on Tour: Saugatuck. In addition to all the wonderful Mountainfilm on Tour merch you’ll find there, Landsharks is hosting a live art demonstration (wood carving) by Erica Lang of Woosah Outfitters on Saturday at 12pm. If you need any more reasons to visit Landsharks consider this: it has been a staple in the community since 1989, has a fabulous selection of outdoor and lifestyle gear for men and women, and its team gets an A+ for customer service. Plus they can give you tips and ideas for outdoor adventures when you’re in town!

#7: Live Wood Carving Demo with Erica Lang

Erica Lang of Woosah Outfitters

Erica Lang, the talented artist and owner of Woosah Outfitters in Grand Rapids, will be appearing at Landsharks at 12pm on Saturday. Erica will be on hand to meet with folks and demo the wood carving process that lead to her creation of the official Mountainfilm on Tour: Saugatuck artwork and poster. Erica is one helluva artist and person and her work has been featured by Merrell, Harmony Brewing, and can basically be seen all over Grand Rapids. Her demo will be super-interesting and is free of charge. Get her to sign your Mountainfilm poster or t-shirt!

#6: Additional Screening Venues

The Women’s Club in downtown Saugatuck, host to Saturday screenings

New for our 2019 edition of Mountainfilm on Tour: Saugatuck we have added two screening venues. Both the historic Women’s Club and the Saugatuck Brewing Company will show films simultaneously on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. Each venue will feature local food and drinks prior to the films so guests can sit back and enjoy what Mountainfilm on Tour has to offer.
You can purchase tickets to either venue here.

#5: The New Exhibit at the SCA

The new exhibit by Sonnenzimmer, titled I’m Not Trying to Change Anything, I’m Just Changing, will be on display in the SCA gallery during the weekend. Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago-based print duo Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Underlying their work is a deep respect for print tradition yet they fuse historical hallmarks of printmaking like repeated images and woodblock prints with like non-traditional techniques like vacuum-forming, laser-cutting, and sound installation. The result is head-scratching, mesmerizing, and something altogether new. Admission to the exhibit is free and you can view the work all day on Friday and Saturday.

#4: Mingo Performs Friday’s After-Party at the SCA

Coming in strong from Columbus, Ohio, Mingo will play Friday night’s after-party at the SCA. The band begins right after the Friday evening films and will play well into the night. Our local food vendors will serve up a late-night menu so you can grab hand-crafted food and beverages and head back to the stage for some serious tunes. Check out the above clip from a show Mingo played at New Holland Brewery a couple years back. Mingo is about to release a new album, so get ready for some ear candy.

#3: Woosah Pop-Up Exhibit & Shop

Official Mountainfilm on Tour: Saugatuck artist, Erica Lang of Woosah Outfitters, will be the featured artist in a Pop-Up exhibition and shop at the SCA. Erica will debut her newest work and have a mini store stocked full of artwork, apparel and Woosah gear. The exhibition and mini store will be open all weekend at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

#2: Film and Family Programming at The Saugatuck-Douglas Library

The Saugatuck-Douglas Library will host a couple of great events on Saturday afternoon geared towards your kiddos. From 12:00-12:45 head to the library for “Preparing Piñatas”, a storytime followed by an exclusive screening of The Piñata King. Families will learn how to create a traditional piñata and each child will make a mini piñata to take home!

Then from 1:00-1:45 you can join the library team for “Creating Craters”, a second storytime followed by an exclusive screening of New View of the Moon. Families will be invited to create their very own crater replica. They will also have a far-out glow-in-the-dark moon painting activity.

Both events are FREE of charge but do require a RSVP for admittance.
RSVP for Preparing Piñatas and Creating Craters here.

#1: Films of Course!

Mountainfilm on Tour Saugatuck films

This is what we are all here for, right? With the most inspirational and adventurous films yet, the 2019 Mountainfilm On Tour: Saugatuck playlists have been curated just for you. In fact, we worked all year long with Telluride Mountainfilm staff to select the very best titles for our On Tour: Saugatuck Festival. We sent a couple of our staff members to Telluride last May where they met with the Mountainfilm team, then brought that knowledge back to Saugatuck. After this screening we guarantee that you will leave Saugatuck motivated to do better, be better and live better.

With over 40 films, Mountainfilm on Tour: Saugatuck uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

For more information and tickets, please visit our website at www.mountainfilm.sc4a.org. We’ll see you on March 22nd!


Premier Sponsors: Roger & Anne Gamache
Gold Sponsors: Experience Grand Rapids
Silver Sponsors: Landsharks, Doug & Deb West, Revue Magazine, John Cannarsa & Tim Straker, Phil’s Bar & Grille
Bronze Sponsors: Michigan Accident & Injury Law, Barbara & John Ludlow, Tiara Yachts, Jerry Donovan Comedy

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