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shutterstock_112138649This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 12th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world.  Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.  Along with our usual line-up of beautiful, engaging and eye-opening films, we have a particular theme this year, “emPOWERment.”  We will look at the topic of energy… where it comes from (the good and the not-so-good), what it takes to maintain our current system, the cost it is having on our environment, some new ways of harnessing energy that are sustainable, as well as a recognition of a few of the “change makers” who are creating a more livable future.  Of course, “emPOWERment” in an activist context also refers to the human spirit of positivity and inspiration which the film festival experience at its best imbues and promotes.

Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.  Festival-goers can expect to see Award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but introduce them to the magnificent animals that inhabit these places and the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations.  The films instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.