wild and scenic film festival
With all of the bad environmental news bearing down on us, it’s important to stay inspired and motivated to keep fighting. That’s why we’re excited to support the Wild & Scenic Film Festival — the largest environmental film festival in the United States.
Wild & Scenic’s mission is to inspire people and unite communities to heal the earth — it’s a call to action. At Wild & Scenic, filmgoers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. We show environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action. It’s also a time to celebrate
And if you need a bit of inspiration right now, here’s a few films to get you going…
“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems.
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Dark Side of the Lens is one mans personal and heartfelt account of life as an ocean based photographer. This short film takes you on an eerie, stunning and moving journey amongst the epic oceanic grandeur of Irelands west coast.
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In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, Solitaire is backcountry skiing forged in the tradition of Western cinema.
Fly fisherman Bruce McGlenn and Elwha Klallam Tribal member Robert Elofson describe the anticipation building for the largest dam removal project in history on the Elwha River in Washington. Set on a beautiful summer evening, McGlenn sets out in search of Elwha trout trapped between the two soon-to-be-removed 100-year-old dams.
I want to be a vegan. I also want to be a bird biologist who goes spelunking in Patagonia while fly fishing in Russia as a hobby, all the while surfing alongside wild salmon. Sound crazy? This was just a small part of my time at the 9th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA this weekend.
This film festival, of which Osprey Packs is a national sponsor, claims to have films that change the way you view the world. For me, that was definitely the case. As a first timer to this film festival I was not sure what to expect. Although I definitely care about the planet and try to do what I can to protect it, I do not consider myself much of an activist or even an environmentalist, so I was skeptic as to how I could relate to these films so passionate about causes and ultimately saving our planet.
POWER IN THE PRISTINE PREMIER
Saturday, January 15: Great Hall, Doors at 9a.m.
Patagonia, one of the last untouched places on the planet is under attack. Big business seeks to choke two of the region’s most pristine rivers with dams and plans to decimate unique forest ecosystems to build the longest powerline in the world. Led by pro athlete, Timmy O’Neill and writer, Craig Childs, Team Rios Libres journeys from the source of the Baker River to the sea and learns why we must act now to Keep Patagonia Wild.
Join Osprey Packs and James Q. Martin for pack giveaways and an update on the Rios Libres campaign to keep Patagonia’s rivers wild.
CELEBRATE WILD SALMON PREMIERE PARTY
Saturday, January 15: The National Hotel, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Connecting ocean and forest in the Great Bear Rainforest and tackling an epic migration from Alaska to Idaho’s mountains, salmon are an integral piece of our cultures, ecosystems, food security and global economies. But to save them, we have to protect their habitat and restore migration corridors.
Join the filmmakers of The Greatest Migration and SPOIL for a beer and take action to protect wild salmon and the people, places and wildlife that depend upon them. Sierra Nevada brews, photo projections from iLCP and gear giveaways from Patagonia and Osprey Packs!
Make sure to catch The Greatest Migration and SPOIL on the big screen too! See full Wild & Scenic Film Festival schedule here.