Meet the Bristlecone Media Filmmakers

Tomorrow, May 11, ESLT is hosting the premiere of our new film, Valleys and Vistas: Preserving the Wild Side of California, at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center starting at 7:30 p.m. This beautiful documentary tells the story of ESLT and our efforts to preserve private lands in the Eastern Sierra. Featuring stunning imagery, an explanation of the role we play as a land trust, and interviews with local farmers, ranchers, and ESLT staff, Valleys and Vistas illustrates our pride in our work and the invaluable support of our members.

We’re pleased that the filmmakers, Ryan Christensen and Jonah Matthewson of Bristlecone Media, will be in attendance. We’ll have a short question and answer session with them after the film showing.

Join us for the premiere of Valleys and Vistas this weekend in Mammoth Lakes! Photo courtesy of Bristlecone Media.

Join us for the premiere of Valleys and Vistas this weekend in Mammoth Lakes! Photo courtesy of Bristlecone Media.

Bristlecone Media takes its name from the ancient trees that sit on the high ridges of the White Mountain range in Eastern California. The filmmakers are dedicated to promoting wilderness preservation by creating environmentally and socially conscious films exploring relevant issues of our time.

Ryan and Jonah are well known for their work on The Mono Lake Story. Made in 2011 in conjunction with the Mono Lake Committee, this film documents the legacy of Mono Lake and the miraculous turnaround it underwent in the late 20th century. This beautiful film earned seven different awards and nominations between 2012 and 2013, including Best Documentary Short at the 2012 Sedona International Film Festival.

Other Bristlecone Media productions include Living Death Valley, Friends of the Inyo, and an episode on the Pacific Crest Trail for the National Geographic Channel’s America’s Wild Spaces series. In the works is Slake: Water & Power in the Eastern Sierra, a 5-part video series created with the Owens Lake Committee that sheds light on the ongoing drama between LADWP and conservation groups in the Eastern Sierra.

Valleys and Vistas tells the story of ESLT's role in preserving the wild and working landscapes of the Eastern Sierra. Photo courtesy of Bristlecone Media.

Valleys and Vistas tells the story of ESLT’s role in preserving the wild and working landscapes of the Eastern Sierra. Photo courtesy of Bristlecone Media.


We invite everyone to join us this Saturday night at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center, (549 Old Mammoth Rd – across from the Mammoth Lakes Police Station). We’ll provide wine, desserts and some celebratory champagne. All members are invited to attend for free; we’re suggesting a $10 donation from non-members. You can join ESLT at our membership table on site. For more information, contact Lesley at 760-873-4554 or email lesley@eslt.org.

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