Chasing Rainbows: A World Tour and Historic Look at Travel Films
Bob DeLoss and Stan Walsh set the stage for high adventure in a flashback to the fictional world of Jules Verne’s first successful novel, “Five Days in a Balloon. ” We’ll meet more daring than fiction – reporter-adventurer Nelly Bly and Osa Johnson author of “I Married Adventure” fame. We’ll see the Grand Panorama “Whaling Voyage,” a “mile-long” canvas unrolled before excited audiences during the1880s. Magic lantern shows soon evolved to satisfy wanderlust.
It was the era of the Grand Tour and early motion pictures. Celebrities like Will Rogers recorded their travels on film. A new entertaining theater art was born.
Theater audiences traveled around the world with prominent explorers. We’ll meet pioneer of travel film making, Burton Holmes, Lowell Thomas as well al the modern filmmakers, Thayer Soule, Stan Midgley, Don Cooper, Robin Williams, Jim Tompkins and Dale Johnson to name a few.
With humor and imagination these professional photojournalists portray the beauty of remote lands and seas. We meet the people, learn about their history, art and culture, see wildlife and nature, music and dance. This legacy program is armchair adventuring at its best. Voyage “Around the World in 80 Minutes” with the men and women whose cameras make it happen.