WSFF’s Melinda Booth to Speak at Sonoma International Film Fest

March 26, 2015

melbThis weekend, the Sonoma International Film Festival is happening in the heart of California’s wine country, a short trip from Wild & Scenic headquarters here in Nevada City, CA. We’re thrilled that they have invited our own Melinda Booth, Wild & Scenic Film Festival Director, to be a part of their Industry Panel Discussion over the weekend.

The panel is titled The Film Festival Circuit: Market to Market, and will discuss the Festival Circuit as a premier method of creating buzz and awareness for the arthouse film, as well as some of the opportunities available to filmmakers using the Festival Circuit as a publicity and marketing tool. Melinda will join 3 other panelists, Anne Chaisson, Lia Rinaldo and Amanda Salazar for this discussion, which will be moderated by Nancy Collet, founder of Cinema Collet.

The panel is open to all passholders and will take place at the Backlot Tent on the Square, Saturday morning, March 28th from 10 am – 11 am.

If you happen to be down in Sonoma, swing by and say hi!

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Staff Picks – The Story of Place

March 25, 2015

2015-WSFF-Staff Picks Laurel3This week’s recommendation comes from Jess Swigonski, Wild & Scenic Filmmaker Liaison. As Filmmaker Liaison, Jess feels honored to have had the opportunity to work with a group of truly remarkable filmmakers and activists, community members and staff to help oversee the successful screenings of Jessawe-inspiring films. After this January’s Festival, Jess began helping the Wild & Scenic On Tour team expand and reach an even larger audience as the On Tour Marketing Assistant. As a recent Pennsylvania transplant, the epic landscapes out west have yet to cease to amaze Jess, so she tries to get out and explore it as often as she can. Other than that, you can most definitely find her busting moves on various dance floors around Nevada City, reveling in the time she gets to spend with the amazing humans and sunshine in California, and sitting on her stoop.

photo-2Jess’s Pick: The Story of Place 

Sinuhe Xavier, Justin Clifton
(2014, 8 min)

Deep into the unprotected territory of Southeastern Utah, author Craig Childs alongside Ace Kvale and Jim Enote narrate the story of this grand landscape, how it has shaped each and every one of us, and the threats this wild landscape is currently facing. This powerful short illustrates why it is so crucial to protect not only our natural resources but also the cultural resources that thread their way through human history on Earth. Through the striking imagery and poetic spoken word presented in this film, it is impossible not to be awe-struck at the beauty of the wilderness that surrounds us, sometimes hidden but always a part of our common heritage. The cross section of land and human hangs delicately in a balance; where there is potential to live in harmony, there also lies a potential to exploit. We are asked “What is this place worth in oil? Where do we want to steer our civilization? What do we want left when we’re done?”  When standing upon land celebrated by our ancestors and land ultimately to be inherited by our children, what do we want our legacy to be? The Story of Place is a beautifully woven tale that encourages us to consider our relationship with wilderness and why these places are worth protecting.

The Story of Place is currently available in the Wild & Scenic Film Library and is one of our 2015 On Tour Film Selections.

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Don’t Miss These Upcoming On Tour Events!

March 24, 2015

TCWN_Logo_Final-2.jpg-e1400870980152April 2nd – Knoxville, TN

Hosting Partner: Tennessee Clean Water Network

About Tennessee Clean Water Network: TCWN empowers Tennesseans to exercise their right to clean water and healthy communities by fostering civic engagement, building partnerships and advancing and when necessary, enforcing water policy for a sustainable future.

Click here for more information about the Tennessee Clean Water Network and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Knoxville.

 

LoxahatcheeRiver-bigApril 10th – Jupiter, FL

Hosting Partner: Loxahatchee River Historical Society

About Loxahatchee River Historical Society: Loxahatchee River Historical Society focuses on eco-tourism, adventure and water sports, news, history, events and activities that revolve around their waterfront and natural areas — with a special emphasis on the Loxahatchee River.

Click here for more information about Loxahatchee River Historical Society and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Jupiter.

 

nwApril 10th – Palatine, IL

Hosting Partner: NW Cook County Group of the Sierra Club

About NW Cook County Group of the Sierra ClubNW Cook County Group of the Sierra Club is an all-volunteer group of caring people who enjoy getting outdoors, learning about how to care for our fragile world, and influencing behavior change through our actions, effective communication, and advancing positive environmental policies and practices.

Click here for more information about the NW Cook County Group of the Sierra Club and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Palatine.

 

gcwApril 11th – Flagstaff, AZ

Hosting Partner: Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

About Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project: The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is dedicated to bringing back wolves and restoring ecological health in the Grand Canyon region.

Click here for more information about Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Flagstaff.

 

Couderay Waters Land Trust logo 2013April 11th – Hayward, WI

Hosting Partner: Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust

About Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust: Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust (CWRLT) is a nonprofit land conservation organization that works with landowners in northwestern Wisconsin to protect and preserve the natural resources of their property.

Click here for more information about Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Hayward.

 

WildVirginiaApril 11th – Staunton/Harrisonburg, VA

Hosting Partner: Wild Virginia

About Wild Virginia: Wild Virginia is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Virginia’s national forests through education and advocacy.

Click here for more information about Wild Virginia and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Staunton/Harrisonburg.

 

ct scApril 11th – Hartford, CT

Hosting Partner: Connecticut Sierra Club

About Connecticut Sierra Club: The Club is America’s oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, we are your friends and neighbors, working together to protect our communities and the planet.

Click here for more information about the Connecticut Sierra Club and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Hartford.

 

rappahanockApril 12 – Culpeper, VA

Hosting Partner: Friends of the Rappahannock

About Friends of the Rappahannock: Friends of the Rappahannock’s mission is to be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Click here for more information about the Friends of the Rappahannock and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Culpeper.

 

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Going On Tour

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 12 years it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 150 cities. Each tour stop is an opportunity for an organization to reach out into their community and bring people together around community based activism. We offer a diverse menu of environmental films that delve into themes such as energy, climate change, conservation, wildlife, community activism, environmental justice, and adventure. Each venue custom builds their own film program to include issues they want to spotlight. Plus, we provide PR materials and a comprehensive planning guide. As an environmental group who has experienced amazing success with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we want to share our success with other organizations to create a network connected by a common goal – to use film to inspire activism!

For more information about Wild & Scenic On Tour, please contact Jon Wilson at 530.265.5961 x 204.

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A Life Well Lived – 4 minute film

March 20, 2015

Each year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour features some truly inspiring films that awaken the adventurer, activist, tree-hugger, Earth lover in all of us. Below you can find an example of an official Wild & Scenic selection, A Life Well Lived.

As Legendary mountaineer Jim Whittaker states here on the 50th anniversary of his historic summit of Everest, “It is in the wild places, in the damp clean air of an ancient forest, on a heaving ocean in unpredictable winds, on a snowy summit on the top of the world that I enter my own personal cathedral and know where I fit in the vastness of creation.”

Click on the image and enjoy the film!

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Film has the power to motivate, to inspire, to kick start people into action. Wild & Scenic curates some of the best adventure, environmental, social justice films around in order to get audiences interested in these wild places, to find their own personal cathedrals, to rediscover their connection to this awe-inspiring world in which we live.

Please let us know if you are interested in hosting your own Wild & Scenic On Tour event and sharing inspiring films like this one to boost your membership and help raise money for your cause!  Jon@SYRCL.org  | 530.265.5961 x 204

 

 

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Caught on Film

March 12, 2015

IMG_3222During the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, local radio sation KVMR let us help break in their new studio space by generously hosting our Media Lounge – before they were even fully moved in! We are so appreciative to them and to hosts Elisa Parker of See Jane Do, a social change multi-media organization, and Michael Stone, host of radio program, “Conversations.” With support from their teams, the Wild & Scenic Media Lounge quickly became a hub of up-to-date information and of course, exclusive interviews with guest filmmakers, activists and festival organizers.

You also might have seen the Media Lounge Team hitting the streets of Nevada City and going behind the scenes to capture some of the wilder moments of Wild & Scenic. In case you missed it, we’ve got some of the highlights all cued up for you.

Check out Elisa Parker’s interview with Denis Delestrac below, winner of this year’s John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award for his film, Sand Wars. And be sure to visit Wild & Scenic’s YouTube Page and the Media Lounge Page on our website to watch more behind-the-scenes interviews, trailers and quick-cuts from this year and past year’s festivals.

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Staff Picks – Common Ground

March 11, 2015

2015-WSFF-Staff Picks Laurel3With more than 120 films in the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Library and about 75 films currently on the road at Wild & Scenic On Tour Events worldwide, we know it can be intimidating to choose what to watch.

The Wild & Scenic team is here to help. Be sure to check out our Staff Picks column online and in upcoming newsletters for a quick synopsis of some of our favorite films, why we like them and what it is we do around here.

Jon & ColeOur first recommendation comes from Wild & Scenic On Tour Associate Director, Jon Wilson. Jon was born and raised in northern California and grew up exploring the Sierra Nevada mountains fishing, camping and skiing. Working for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour is a dream job for Jon.  He loves film and is proud to be helping inspire activism across the country. On the weekends you will find him tinkering in the garden, sneaking off for a mountain bike ride, skiing and/or playing with his two kids.

common_groundJon’s Pick: Common Ground
Alexandria Bombach, Thatcher Bean
(2014, 18 min)

Common Ground is a film about protecting our wild places, defending a timeless heritage, and facing inevitable change. Several ranching and farming communities living against the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana are faced with the decision of what is to become of this unprotected public land. As the community battles with the idea of proposing more wilderness areas, heritage and tradition are seemingly defended on both sides. When the people begin to raise their voices, they come to find that what is feared most is change.

Common Ground is currently available in the Wild & Scenic Film Library and is one of our 2015 On Tour Film Selections.

 

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Don’t Miss These Upcoming On Tour Events!

March 10, 2015

Here are your Wild & Scenic On Tour events through the end of March. We’re all over the map this month, be sure to check out one near you!

GARNA

March 13th – Nathrop, CO

Hosting Partner: Greater Arkansas River Nature Association

About Greater Arkansas River Nature Association: GARNA’s mission is to foster stewardship of the resources of the greater Arkansas River region through education, volunteerism and experiences.

Click here for more information about the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Nathrop.

 

Logo_KentuckyWaterwaysAlliance_15March 13th – Louisville, KY

Hosting Partner: Kentucky Waterways Alliance

About Kentucky Waterways Alliance: Since 1993, Kentucky Waterways Alliance has been a leader in the fight against pollution in our waterways – winning stronger protections for over 90 percent of Kentucky’s rivers, lakes and streams.

Click here for more information about Kentucky Waterways Alliance and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Louisville.

 

logo_VThillside_12March 13th – Ventura, CA

Hosting Partner: Ventura Hillsides Conservancy

About Ventura Hillsides ConservancyThe Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is a land trust operating in the Ventura region to protect and conserve open space resources through acquisition of land and easements, stewardship of protected lands, and public education about local natural resources.

Click here for more information about Ventura Hillsides Conservancy and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Ventura.

 

acesMarch 18th – Aspen, CO

Hosting Partner: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

About Aspen Center for Environmental Studies: ACES’ mission is to inspire a life-long commitment to the earth by educating for environmental responsibility, conserving and restoring the balance of natural communities, and advancing the ethic that the earth must be respected and nurtured.

Click here for more information about Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Aspen.

 

rappahanockMarch 21st – Fredericksburg, VA 

Hosting Partner: Friends of the Rappahannock

About Friends of the Rappahannock: Friends of the Rappahannock’s mission is to be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Click here for more information about the Friends of the Rappahannock and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Fredericksburg.

 

alliancewisMarch 22nd – Worchester, MA 

Hosting Partner: Clark University

About Clark University: Clark University’s mission is to educate undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.

Click here for more information about Clark University and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Worchester.

 

alliancewisMarch 25th – Madison, WI

Hosting Partner: River Alliance of Wisconsin

About River Alliance of Wisconsin: River Alliance of Wisconsin’s mission is to advocate for the protection, enhancement and restoration of Wisconsin’s rivers and watersheds. Their members are urban, rural and retired; anglers, paddlers and lovers of water and some depend on rivers to make a living. Together, their common interest is a shared passion for rivers and the inspiration they bring.

Click here for more information about River Alliance of Wisconsin and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Madison.

 

sierra-nevada-allianceMarch 26th – South Lake Tahoe, NV

Hosting Partner: Sierra Nevada Alliance

About Sierra Nevada Alliance: Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. Our mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities.

Click here for more information about the Sierra Nevada Alliance and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in South Lake.

 

alliancewisMarch 27th – Concord, NH

Hosting Partner: New Hampshire Rivers Council

About New Hampshire Rivers Council: The New Hampshire Rivers Council is committed to the conservation and ecologically sound management of New Hampshire’s rivers, watersheds, and related natural resources.

Click here for more information about the New Hampshire Rivers Council and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Concord.

 

alliancewisMarch 31st – Johnson City, TN

Hosting Partner: East Tennessee State University

About East Tennessee State University: ETSU pursues its mission through a student-centered community of learning reflecting high standards and promoting a balance of liberal arts and professional preparation, continuous improvement and based on core values.

Click here for more information about East Tennessee State University and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Johnson City.

 

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Going On Tour

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 12 years it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 150 cities. Each tour stop is an opportunity for an organization to reach out into their community and bring people together around community based activism. We offer a diverse menu of environmental films that delve into themes such as energy, climate change, conservation, wildlife, community activism, environmental justice, and adventure. Each venue custom builds their own film program to include issues they want to spotlight. Plus, we provide PR materials and a comprehensive planning guide. As an environmental group who has experienced amazing success with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we want to share our success with other organizations to create a network connected by a common goal – to use film to inspire activism!

For more information about Wild & Scenic On Tour, please contact Jon Wilson at 530.265.5961 x 204.

 

 

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Wild & Scenic On Tour Comes to Auburn!

February 20, 2015

AuburnJoin SYRCL, PARC and APPAC Saturday, March 7th for a Wild & Scenic On Tour event at the State Theatre in Auburn, CA! It’s going to be a jam-packed day of films, fun, music and activism for all ages.

Kids Films will screen Saturday morning at 10AM. The main session will be split into two halves with a generous intermission. The first half begins runs from 4PM – 5:45PM with a break for concessions, music and outreach by featured organizations. The second half begins at 7:00PM and runs until 8:30PM. There will be a presentation about the subject of the possible Lake Clementine Hydro Electric Power Plant with a Q&A afterward.

Tickets for the morning kid film session are $5 for all

Tickets for the main event are $9 for students, $18 for adults and can be purchased here.

Kids Session Films – 10 am
The Coralax
Teton Hooping Contingency
I Heard
Bounce
Rock Wall Climbing
14C

INTERMISSION & Q&A

The Scared is Scared
The Curious Snail
Squeakiest Roar
My First Fish
Phoebe’s Humpback Whale Adventure
The Joy of Air
Dream

Main Session Films:
Afternoon – 4 pm
The Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary
Sufferfest
American Lawn
The Colorado River
Monarchs & Milkweed
Birdsongs – Yosemite Nature Notes – Q&A
River of Eden
Nobody’s River

INTERMISSION

Evening – 7 pm
A Line in the Sand
Spine of the Continent
Pride of Namibia
The New Environmentalists: Eagle Eyes (South America – Peru)
The Story of Place
Trail Stewards of the Lost Sierra
Dryden – The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game
Wild & Scenic North Fork American River

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Wild & Scenic & Clem Hydro Project update.

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NEW to On Tour – Preselected Film Programs

February 19, 2015

Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth.

The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 150 cities. Each tour event is an opportunity for an organization to bring people together around community based activism.  We offer a diverse menu of films that delve into themes such as energy, climate change, conservation, wildlife, community activism, environmental justice, and adventure.  Each hosting organization has the option to custom build their film program or choose one of our three preselected film programs listed below.

These three film programs will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.

Program 1; What Will Your Legacy Be? – 105 Minutesmaries-dictionary-01
Inspire your audience to take action and make a difference in the world. From personal journeys to positive global change, these motivating films offer thought-provoking storytelling guaranteed to get people thinking about what their legacy might be.

  • Spaceship Earth Passenger Briefing
    What if every passenger on our planet, Spaceship Earth, had to watch a quick safety video before takeoff? What advice would we get to avoid a crash or other disaster? Fasten your seatbelt and watch! (2014, 2 min)
  • Harnessing the Sun to Keep the Lights on in India
    More than 1 billion people throughout the world lack reliable access to electricity. Many live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The costs—in terms of lost economic potential and personal health effects—are staggering. The Center for American Progress and Sierra Club recently traveled to India to see firsthand how solar power is providing clean, affordable electricity in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state—and one of its poorest. This video documentary explores how solar power has the potential to improve livelihoods, health, and the environment while avoiding the need for the costly grid expansion that is a distant reality for many. (2014, 8 min)
  • Marie’s Dictionary
    This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive. (2014, 10 min)
  • The New Environmentalists: Eagle Eyes (South America – Peru)
    Overcoming a history of traumatic violence, Ruth Buendía united the Asháninka people in a powerful campaign against large-scale dams that would have uprooted indigenous communities that were recovering from Peru’s brutal civil war. (2014, 4 min)
  • Chuitna, More Than Salmon On The Line
    “Chuitna” chronicles the journey of conservation-minded fly fishermen who travel to Alaska’s unspoiled Chuitna Watershed to wade waist-deep into its salmon-rich waters and the fight to defeat the proposed Chuitna Coal Mine. With every cast and every conversation with the frontier Alaskans fighting to protect their homeland, the travelers obtain a deeper understanding of the mine’s devastating impact. (2014, 29 min)
  • Why I Think This World Should End
    Experience this spoken word call to action from Prince Ea. (2014, 5 min)
  • A Line in the Sand
    If you only had 2 minutes to advocate for Wilderness, what would you say? (2014, 2 min)
  • DRAWN
    Merging film and illustration, this film transports you on four journeys, from the Venezuelan Amazon, to the China-Mongolian Border, to the northern reaches of Canada, and closer to home in the Yosemite Valley as Jeremy Collins embarks on an epic voyage to honor a beloved friend. (2014, 41 min)

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Program 2; Wonderfully Wild – 99 Minutes
Fasten your seat-belt and journey from your backyard to wilderness areas at the far reaches of the earth. Expand your audience’s awareness of wildlife and land conservation issues, and find inspiration in the solutions being explored by diverse communities.

  • The World Beyond the World
    Using text adapted from Robert Marshalls “Alaska Wilderness: Exploring the Brooks Range” (1929) and images from Expedition Arguk (2013), “The World Beyond the World” aims to celebrate that most ancient and sublime of human pleasures: moving through a mysterious, beautiful, and unknown landscape. (2014, 3 min)
  • Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night
    ‘Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night’ explores the importance of darkness through the study and preservation of firefly habitats in Japan and the United States. Fireflies are reportedly disappearing, as artificial night lights disrupt their ‘language of light’. ‘Brilliant Darkness Hotaru in the Night’ features artists and scientists on different continents working to understand firefly flash patterns and how to live among wildlife in urban settings. (2014, 12 min)
  • The Coralax
    Inspired by Dr. Suess’s The Lorax, this claymation by four Maui middle school students uses 667 images to show how irresponsible shoreline development can impact our precious reef ecosystem. (2014, 6 min)
  • Pride of Namibia
    Namibia is home to one of the greatest wildlife recovery story ever told. “Pride of Namibia” tells the story of communities committed to protecting wildlife, of a nation that has enshrined conservation into its constitution, and of the future of responsible travel – tourism that directly benefits the people who give wildlife freedom to roam. (2014, 6 min)
  • Delta Dawn
    The Colorado River hasn’t kissed the sea in almost two decades — until the spring of 2014 when an experimental pulse of water was released into this forgotten delta. A team of river runners followed the water to witness this unprecedented restoration effort, and attempted to be the only, and potentially the last to float the Colorado River to the sea by paddle board. With unpredictable adventure as the backdrop, filmmaker Pete McBride tells the story of Western water, a challenged Colorado River and the uplifting potential for environmental restoration via collaboration, all through his repeated experiences chasing a river to the sea. (2014, 17 min)
  • Spaceship
    Earth Passenger Briefing
    What if every passenger on our planet, Spaceship Earth, had to watch a quick safety video before takeoff? What advice would we get to avoid a crash or other disaster? Fasten your seatbelt and watch! (2014, 2 min)
  • Sticky
    A tiny population of remarkable stick insects dodged extinction by hiding under a single windswept bush on a remote sea stack for 80 years. Narrated by one of the scientists who rescued them, Sticky tells a wonderfully positive conservation success story, celebrating the persistence of life, the adventure and passion embedded in science, and the little creatures underfoot. (2013, 20 min)
  • The Ridge
    Danny Macaskill is a very good bike rider. A very, very good bike rider. So he climbed a mountain near his home on the Isle of Skye and did something that will make you scream with joy and horror. (2014, 8 min)
  • Common Ground
    Several ranching and farming communities living against the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana are faced with the decision of what is to become of this unprotected public land. As the community battles with the idea of proposing more wilderness areas, heritage and tradition are seemingly defended on both sides. When the people begin to raise their voices, they come to find that what is feared most is change. (2014, 18 min)
  • Why I Think This World Should End
    Experience this spoken word call to action from Prince Ea. (2014, 5 min)

Program 3; Purposeful Adventure – 109 Minutes130223_oakleycanada_lifestyle-135
Mountain bike in Scotland, surf in France, embrace the open seas, summit California’s 14,00 foot peaks, hoop the Tetons, and bounce through Europe & the Middle East as we showcase some of the little things that people can do to contribute to positive changes for the future of our environment.

  • The Ridge
    Danny Macaskill is a very good bike rider. A very, very good bike rider. So he climbed a mountain near his home on the Isle of Skye and did something that will make you scream with joy and horror. (2014, 8 min)
  • Catch It
    Léa Brassy grew-up surfing the warm waters of Southern France. Accustomed to a life on the road, her nomadic lifestyle takes a pause at the Unstad break in the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. Trading in her bikini for a thick wetsuit, she connects with the surrounding mountains, Arctic surf, and simple living. Whether it’s paddling hard for a wave, or chasing after a passion – Léa reminds us that if the timing is right, we have to Catch It. (2014, 10 min)
    Twenty Eight Feet
    A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap. (2013, 8 min)
  • Sufferfest
    Sufferfest (sʌfər/fest) An activity whereby all participants ache, agonize, ail, be at a disadvantage, be racked, deteriorate, endure, grieve, languish, and/or writhe.. but by co-misery, yet co-hesiveness, will have experienced a grand time. Often survived through sarcasm. Follow Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright on an ambitious human powered adventure to summit all of California’s 14,000 foot peaks via technical climbing routes, with no ropes! New to the sport of biking, and having underestimated the scope of the challenge, Alex and Cedar soon spiral down a rabbit hole of sunburn, suffering, and a seemingly endless test of their mental and physical endurance. (2014, 17 min)
  • Teton Hooping Contingency
    The town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming possesses a rich mountain culture and it is where 26 year old Ryan Mertaugh developed the art of Extreme Hula Hooping. Follow Ryan’s adventures of hooping his way through the Teton Mountain Range. As he challenges perceptions of social norms, some surprising discoveries are made along the way. (2014, 8 min)
  • Bounce
    I am not a good freestyle player, but I love to give it a try. For two years now, I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few countries with a ball as a faithful companion. (2014, 4 min)
  • Why I Think This World Should End
    Experience this spoken word call to action from Prince Ea. (2014, 5 min)
  • The Little Things
    The Little Things’ features professional snowboarders who have chosen to be outspoken and make positive changes towards a sustainable environment. This film is an initiative taken on by one of snowboarding’s most influential riders, Marie-France Roy, and directed by Darcy Turenne, in hopes of inspiring others towards sustainability through inspirational speakers like award-winning scientist David Suzuki, positive ideas, and leading a healthy lifestyle. The key messaging is not to point fingers at what people are doing wrong, but to showcase some of the little things that people can do to contribute to the future of our environment. (2014, 47 min.)

Contact: Jon Wilson, On Tour Associate Director jon@syrcl.org for more information.

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2015 Festival Merchandise Now Available Online

February 18, 2015

Office StoreWe get it. Your schedule was so jam-packed over festival weekend that you never made it to the store at Headquarters. Worry no more! We have set up shop over on our website and have a selection of 2015 Wild & Scenic Merchandise available! There’s still limited stock of some of the best sellers from this year, including the Official Poster, men’s and women’s T-shirts, Klean Kanteen Bottles and Pint Cups, Bear Patches and Hats. Click here to visit the store.

If you’re local, you can always swing by the SYRCL office during business hours (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) to check out the store and availability in person. We are located at 313 Railroad Ave in Nevada City.

          HAPPY SHOPPING!

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