As Seen At: KQED’s Yosemite Screening

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 Category Entertainment and Culture; Nature and Science

The Presidio Officers' Club is a museum and cultural center where notable authors, artists, and filmmakers come together to share their work. On March 28, 2017, the venue hosted a special ​​screening of PBS Nature's new documentary, Yosemite, which explores how climate change is affecting one of America's greatest wildernesses.​

Guests viewed clips from the film and interacted with the filmmakers and a panel of environmental experts, including moderator, Craig Miller, KQED Science Editor and panelists, Yosemite Filmmakers Joseph and Nimmida Pontecorvo; UC Berkeley Tree Canopy Biologist Anthony Ambrose; and Dr. Patrick Gonzalez, Principal Climate Change Scientist for the U.S. National Park Service. The event was sponsored by KQED and the Presidio Trust. Yosemite is now available for viewing on KQED's website >>

The screening drew a wide range of guests, including many who were visiting the Presidio Officers' Club for the first time. We asked them to share their impressions of the park and the Officers' Club.

Cesar Canales (San Francisco)

Cesar (far left): I'm a student at SF State. I come to Crissy Field a lot but haven't been to the Presidio Officers' Club before. The Presidio is so big – as you walk through the park you can forget that you're in the city. I like seeing the historic buildings, and I like the Yoda statue a lot.

Kayla Chapman (San Francisco)

Kayla: I've actually never been to the Presidio Officers' Club before, but I'm really excited to go inside to see what it's like. I've come to the Presidio a few times for other events and I love biking around – it's one of my favorite places in the city.

Allan Abelido (San Francisco)

Allan: My dad actually worked at the Presidio a long time ago. I don't get to come to the park too often, but I love going to Presidio Picnic. This is my first time at the Presidio Officers' Club, and I think it's absolutely amazing. I like coming to the Presidio because it's this big patch of green in the city. I was just looking out at San Francisco Bay and I saw a mist covering the Main Parade Ground lawn – it looked out of this world; this place doesn't seem real. It's a time capsule, and it's a national park, so everyone can come here.

Beatrice Difrancesco (San Francisco)

Beatrice (left): I came because I love documentaries and, obviously, I like Yosemite. I really appreciated that there was a panel of climate change experts here, and that we got to hear from the filmmakers about how they made the documentary. To be honest, on our way in, we had to make a split second decision if we were going to come inside or just stay out there and admire the view. You look out and see the Golden Gate Bridge, all the green, and the water.

Yuka Oiwa (San Francisco)

Yuka: I'm an archaeology intern at the Presidio.

I haven't been to Yosemite yet, so I'm excited to see shots of such a beautiful national park. I'm also interested in how our parks are being affected by climate change. The Presidio Officers' Club has a lot going on. A lot of people don't know that we have a live archaeology dig site here and a state of the art archaeology lab. We have lab tours every Wednesday starting at 1 pm. Everything we do is completely accessible to the public.


Interested in environmental films? Next up is Bad Tidings on April 20, 2017 at 6 pm at the Presidio Officers' Club >>