Join us for the 48th Annual Passport to Adventure Film Series.
Six professional, full-color films with live commentary by the filmmakers. These films can be informative and educational for young people as well as adults. Take advantage of this inexpensive way to enjoy people and places from all over the globe. This is family entertainment at its best!
Passport to Adventure is a public, non-profit activity under the sponsorship of the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL).
Witte Travel is proud to be an official sponsor.
Tickets available after September 1, 2013 (Individual show tickets).
Ticket sales are through the
Calvin Box Office only (located to the West Lobby of the Covenant Fine Arts Center).
Tickets also sold at door after 6 p.m. on the night of performance.
- Season tickets: $25
- Single tickets: $6
- Student tickets: $3
Dates & Showtime
All programs are presented in the Covenant Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
at 7:00 PM
In the Steps of Marco Polo with Denis Belliveau and
Many people have big dreams, but only a few
bold adventurers live them. Denis Belliveau
and Francis O’Donnell took a wild idea—retrace
Marco Polo’s entire 25,000-mile, land and sea
route from Venice to China and back—and spent
two incredible years of their lives making their
dream a reality. This film chronicles the journey of
two ordinary men—one a wedding photographer,
and the other an artist and former Marine—as
they set out to follow Polo’s historic route. Equal
parts travelogue, adventure story, history trek
and buddy movie, the 90-minute film weaves
footage from the duo’s often perilous voyage
with Marco Polo’s descriptions and experiences.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Yellowstone's Trails and Tales with Sandy Mortimer
Michigan native Sandy Mortimer’s exploration
of Yellowstone National Park using river otters as
guides is a delightful and educational experience
sure to be enjoyed by all ages. This film captures
intimate and humorous scenes of otters and
many other animals—bison, coyotes, wolves,
bears, moose, fox, mountain sheep and elk—on
a remarkable journey through all four seasons
in a region that contains hundreds of unusual
geologic features that sustain an immense variety
of wildlife. Do not miss this incredible chance
to see newly discovered ancient spires at the bottom of Yellowstone Lake, and hear the sounds
of Yellowstone in the dead of winter.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Sahel: A West African Journey with Sid and Mary Lee Nolan
Sahel is the Arabic word for border.This
seasonally dry West African region of steppes
and savannas forms the border zone between
the Sahara Desert and the forests. Sid and
Mary Lee Nolan serve as guides on a journey
that begins on the Atlantic shores of Senegal
with a visit to the infamous Goree Island, then
continues to the Niokolo/Koba National Park.
In Mali we take a sand track to Bamako, then
continue along the inland delta of the Niger River to historic Djenne and on to the fascinating
Dogon country that lies in the shadow of the Bandiagara Escarpment.
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM*
The Lure of Alaska with Dale Johnson
Alaska still issues a siren call that resonates
with people seeking adventure, sights of gigantic
grizzlies fishing for salmon, receding glaciers
and primal appeal. Anchorage is now a city
of 300,000, almost half the population of the
entire state. Forty miles north of this city is
the Matnuska Valley, an agricultural region that
produces some amazing crops in 22 hours of
sunlight every day, such as cabbages that weigh
up to 127 pounds. America’s largest national park, The Wrangel-Saint Alias, covers 13 million acres and contains the abandoned Kennicot Copper Mine which flourished at the end of the 1800's.
*Please note the special showtime.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Rediscovering Ancient America with Gray Warriner
Travel across the U.S.A. and back in time to
uncover amazing accomplishments by Native
Americans, such as Serpent Mound, the Marching
Bears of Iowa's Effigy Mounds, and giant earthen
birds in Wisconsin. Ohio's Hopewell culture
moved thousands of tons of earth to build giant
geometric earthworks in the forms of squares,
circles, and octagons. In Florida, towering temple
mounds overlooked turquoise waters. Out west,
spectacular scenery is the background for exploring
cliff dwellings and Pueblo towns, such as Lost
City in Nevada, Mesa Verde, Bandelier, Wupatki, and Canyon de Chelly.
Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM
The Soul of India with Rick Ray
Former Lonely Planet backpacker-turned cinematographer,
writer and director Rick Ray
spent four months braving heat, cold, altitude,
earthquakes and riots to patch together a
personal tapestry of the almost indescribable
country of India. This film includes familiar sights —such as the Taj Majal, the palaces and forts of
Rajasthan, the Himalayas and the river Ganges— as well as an exploration of concepts such as
the caste system, democracy, marriage, privacy, life and death in a country that still reveals influences of past British rule.