The 2015 Wild & Scenic Award Winners

January 22, 2015

Thanks to all of the filmmakers and artists who contributed their work to inspire all of us at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

Without further ado, here are the 2015 Wild & Scenic Award Winning Films.  And, the Award Winning festival artists from Wild & Scenic’s partnership with Nevada County Arts. . .


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Best of Festival

All the Time in the World


Spirit of Activism

The Starfish Throwers

Valley Uprising

Most Inspiring Adventure Film

Valley Uprising

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Best in Theme

Emptying the Skies


Best Short

Pride of Namibia


Jury Award



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Student Filmmaker Award

Jason Jaacks and Steve Fisher, Silent River


John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award

Denis Delestrac, Sand Wars

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People’s Choice Award

Water for Gold

Honorable Mentions
Black Ice
Sand Wars

Best Kids Film
Lady B’s First Winter: Puppy to Avalanche Dog

Kids Film Honorable Mention
Elisha and the Cacao Trees



2D Art:

First Place: Linda Galusha
Second Place: Christiane Raymond
Honorable Mention: LeeAnn Brook

3D Art:

First Place: Nicole Dreon
Second Place: Joseph Meade


First Place: Nicole Dreon
Second Place: Eli Rush
Honorable Mention: Doug Baer

Student Work: 

First Place: Megan Billingham
Second Place: Delphine Griffith

Best of Theme:

First Place: Jan Nottingham
Second Place: Gail Lipson
Honorable Mention: Jeff Litton

Jurors Awards:

First Place: Howard Levine
Second Place: Debra Fike
Honorable Mention: Kerstin Ronsiek


Weekend in Photos

January 20, 2015

We want to thank all of the filmmakers, special guests, sponsors, volunteers, downtown Nevada City and downtown Grass Valley for an amazing weekend! This was by far our largest and most successful fundraiser for SYRCL to date, with more attendees, films and money raised than ever before!

Here are some highlights from the weekend:

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Don’t Miss These Upcoming Wild & Scenic On Tour Events

January 20, 2015

southbostongrowsJanuary 29th – Boston, MA

Hosting Partner: South Boston Grows

About South Boston Grows: South Boston Grows aims to improve community food access and allows for continued learning opportunities for your, their families and their community.

Click here for more information about South Boston Grows and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Boston.


citizens environmetal coalitionJanuary 29th – Houston, TX

Hosting Partner: Citizens’ Environmental Coalition Educational Fund

About Citizens’ Environmental Coalition Educational Fund: Citizens’ Environmental Coalition Educational Fund’s mission is to foster dialogue, education and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston/Gulf Coast region.

Click here for more information about Citizens’ Environmental Coalition Educational Fund and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Houston.


duke-nichJanuary 30th – Durham, NC

Hosting Partner: Duke Nicholas School of the Environment

About Duke Nicholas School of the Environment: The Nicholas School’s mission is to create knowledge and global leaders of consequence for a sustainable future.

Click here for more information about Nicholas School of the Environment and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Durham.


evanston environmentalFebruary 6th – Evanston, IL

Hosting Partner: Evanston Environmental Association

About Evanston Environmental Association: Evanston Environmental Association provides quality environmental education to the community and works with other local green organizations on selected projects to produce environmental benefits for Evanston and its residents.

Click here for more information about Evanston Environmental Association and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Evanstan.


Alabama_Rivers_Alliance_logoFebruary 7th – Springville, AL

Hosting Partner: Alabama Rivers Alliance

About Alabama Rivers Alliance: Alabama Rivers Alliance works to protect and restore Alabama’s rivers by advocating smart water policy at the grassroots level and teaching citizens how they can protect their water.

Click here for more information about Alabama Rivers Alliance and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Springville.


stonewall farmFebruary 7th – Keene, NH

Hosting Partner: Stonewall Farm

About Stonewall Farm: Stonewall Farm’s mission is to connect people to the land and to the role of agriculture in their lives. They are the only working dairy farm and education center in the region open to the public.

Click here for more information about Stonewall Farm and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Keene.


missouri river reliefFebruary 8th – Columbia, MO

Hosting Partner: Missouri River Relief

About Missouri River Relief: Missouri River Relief is dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups, educational events and stewardship activities.

Click here for more information about Missouri River Relief and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Columbia.


And the People’s Choice Award goes to…

January 19, 2015

Water for Gold


Tom Weistar and Debra Weistar


Award Winning Film Screening Lineup Announced

January 18, 2015

Join us tonight!  7pm at the Nevada Theatre for a few of our award winning films.  Tickets are going fast, but currently still available.  The line up is:

Pride of Namibia, Andy Maser & Jenny Nichols

Drawn, Jeremy Collins & James Q Martin

All the Time in the World, Suzanne Crocker


Tickets Are Still On Sale. . .

January 15, 2015

tix pix. . . but they’re going fast! Festival Headquarters opens tomorrow, and it is the place for all things Wild & Scenic. Fest HQ is not only the place where you can buy or pickup your weekend passes and session tickets – visiting the HQ you can view featured artwork, buy festival merchandise, ask a question about Nevada City or Grass Valley and find out more about the Yuba Watershed and SYRCL! Festival HQ hours, will call information and events are below, be sure to check them out!

Click here to purchase your tickets to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and all Special Events.

HQ Happenings:

Ticket Purchases & Will Call
Will Call tickets will be available for pickup at Festival Headquarters starting January 16th at 10 am.

Festival HQ Will Call Pick Up Hours are as follows:
Friday, January 16, 2015: 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday, January 17, 2015: 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday, January 18, 2015: 9 am – 6 pm

During the Film Festival weekend, visit Festival Headquarters for all ticket questions.

Official 2015 Festival Merchandise Store
Buy something commemorative from the Wild & Scenic Store: hats, festival posters, visors, patches, water bottles, tees, sweatshirts, an adorable “I’m Wild & Scenic” onesie for your favorite baby, and more!

Wild & Scenic HQ Lounge
Sit back, relax, grab a beer, check out some featured art and just take it all in. Whatever you do, just make sure you stop by the HQ Lounge during the weekend.

Free WiFi
Filmmakers, members of the press, and festival-goers are invited to enjoy free WiFi and a comfortable setting to meet, connect and network.

Wild & Happy Hour
Start Sunday’s wine, beer and art stroll at HQ, 4-6pm.  $10 ticket for 6 tastings and a commemorative cup.

National Partner Booths
Check out what our National Partners are up to! Learn about their environmental responsibility, snag a surprise, and thank them for making Wild & Scenic possible.

On Tour 
Wild & Scenic hits the road with the 2015 films in February.  Visit our On Tour team and table in Fest HQ to learn how to bring Wild & Scenic to your community.

Festival Artists 
View the work of festival artist Jude Bischoff and many others at HQ.

Live Music
We’ll be rocking to live music all weekend long on the Acoustic Stage at Festival HQ.

Click here for a full schedule of artists.


Media Lounge Schedule & Events Announced!

January 15, 2015

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The Media Lounge has moved to a new location for 2015, KVMR’s new building, 120 Bridge Street in Nevada City.

Meet filmmakers and activists in the Wild & Scenic Media Lounge hosted by Elisa Parker of See Jane Do, a social change multi-media organization, and Michael Stone, host of radio program, “Conversations,” with support from Terra Nyssa and Catherine Busch. The Media Lounge is THE place for up-to-date information, photos on the green carpet, exclusive interviews with guest filmmakers, activists and festival organizers. Enjoy free WiFi and a comfortable setting to meet, connect, and network. Plus, be on the look out for the Media Lounge Street Team. We’re going behind the scenes to capture some of the wildest moments of Wild & Scenic.

Also on tap at the Media Lounge is the Friday night Media Reception. Swing by for a drink from 5 pm – 6:30 pm.

JUST ANNOUNCED: KVMR is broadcasting live from the Wild & Scenic Media Lounge featuring filmmakers and other special guests from 6 pm – 7 pm.

Click Here for the Full Media Lounge Schedule!


Festival HQ and Commercial Street Music Schedules!

January 15, 2015

PedalPowerFor the fourth year in a row, we’re excited to offer festival-goers an opportunity to take a break from films and check out music, performance and fun at both Festival HQ and our Commercial Street Stage – pedal powered courtesy of Turtle Vision. One block of Commercial Street will be closed to cars over festival weekend, check it out all day Saturday and Sunday. And over at Festival HQ, located at 300 Spring St in Nevada City, we’ll have a beer garden, festival merchandise store, artwork displays and loads of other entertainment all weekend long!


Commercial Street Event Schedule – Turtle Vision Pedal Power Stage

Saturday, January 17th

11:00 AM Grass Valley Charter School 4th Grade Poetry & Song with Greg Wolfe
12:00 PM Contra Dancing in the Streets. All welcome! Caller & Live by Dangerous Curves
2:15 PM Heather Normandale
2:50 PM Natalie Gelman
3:30 PM Renard
4:00 PM Theo DesTombe
4:45 PM Justin Ancheta

Sunday, January 18th

11:00 AM Tal Brodstain
11:30 AM Vinsanity
12:00 PM Tango in the Streets. Everyone welcome! Live music with Beaucoup Chapeaux
2:00 PM Thomas Spellman
2:30 PM Bryan Cahall
3:00 PM The Ruckrich Family
3:30 PM Moss Q
4:40 PM London Jax

Festival Headquarters – Live Music Acoustic Stage

Friday, January 16th

4:00 PM WonderFunk
6:00 PM BlackBird

Saturday, January 17th

12:00 PM Theo DesTombe
1:00 PM Honey of the Heart
2:00 PM Bryan Cahall
3:00 PM Heather Normandale
4:00 PM Book Signing with Kevin Fedarko & Craig Childs
6:00 PM Natalie Gelman

Sunday, January 18th

2:00 PM Sarah Anali
3:00 PM Gary Logan
4:00 PM Bryan Cahall



Award Ceremonies, Screenings and Voting!

January 9, 2015


While planning your festival experience, don’t forget to schedule time to celebrate some of the festival award winners. Here’s your guide to all of the venues, announcements and showings of the weekend’s best of the best! And don’t forget to cast your own vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award – details are below.

Awards Ceremony

Be the first to learn of the award-winning films! Limited seating is available and champagne will be served, courtesy of our National Partner Barefoot Winery. Oh, and there’s cake!

Buy tickets for Wild & Scenic Film FestivalSunday, January 18, 2015, 1 pm
At Stone Hall in the Miners Foundry. Sunday Afternoon session ticket or Festival Pass is required.


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YOU vote for your favorite film!

You’ll receive one ballot with your festival ticket. Ballot boxes are located at each venue and ballots are due by the end of the film sessions on Sunday–around 4pm.

The winner will be announced Sunday evening on our website and live at the Nevada Theatre at the special screening of award winning films.

Award Winning Films at the Nevada Theatre

In collaboration with the Nevada Theatre Film Series we will be showing a selection of this year’s award winning films, which will be announced Sunday at 1pm. The films screened will be a surprise and not announced in advance. This session requires a separate ticket, which you can purchase ahead of time online or at Fest HQ. This event usually sells out in advance.

Buy tickets for Wild & Scenic Film FestivalSunday, January 18, 2015, 7 pm
At The Nevada Theatre, $25


 Miller 2014 WSFF Web (30 of 431)Local Appreciation Night at the Nevada Theatre

As the holiday weekends winds down, we’re excited to offer this new event–a second night of award winning films to be screened at the Nevada Theatre on Monday January 19, 7pm.  The selection of films will be a different line-up than shown the night before, but will again be a surprise.  This session requires a separate ticket, which you can purchase ahead of time online, at Fest HQ through Sunday at 6pm, or at the door if available.

Buy tickets for Wild & Scenic Film FestivalMonday, January 19, 2015, 7pm
At the Nevada Theatre, $20


Juried Artist Awards

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to partner with Nevada County Arts for the fourth year in an effort to increase awareness of the intersection between arts and the environment.  Local and regional artists submitted their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and the 60 selected artists’ work will be exhibited at more than 40 businesses, wineries, breweries, cafes and galleries during the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Art awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony Sunday, January 18 at 1pm at the Stone Hall. Limited seating, pass or Sunday ticket required for entry.

Special thanks to our 2015 Art Jury – Jeff Pelline, Angela Tati and Carol Turner.

Click here for a list of all featured artists and venues will their work will be displayed.


Greening the Festival

January 7, 2015

Did you know that Americans use 58 billion paper cups each year? Or that in a matter of just 24 seconds, Americans will use 44,110 disposable coffee cups?

Photo Courtesy of Daphne Hougard_Compost BinWe are working to make this year’s festival as close to Zero Waste as possible and we need your help! Let’s make a dent in that number, starting right here at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Here are some tips to help you help us make this event our greenest yet!


RIDE YOUR BIKE, CARPOOL or take public transportation. Park your car and walk during the weekend.

TAKE THE SHUTTLE. On Saturday, visit our new venue, the Elks Lodge and our Grass Valley venues (the Del Oro Theatre and The Center for the Arts) all without moving your car! The shuttle is free for all festival attendees.

Bring a REUSABLE COFFEE MUG. Use your mug at concessions and get a discount on coffee.

Purchase a KLEAN KANTEEN CUP for the bar. Use it to receive a discount on your beer, wine, and bubbly purchases at the festival.

Bring REUSABLE UTENSILS, PLATE, NAPKIN AND A TOTE BAG. We have compostables if you forget, but bringing your own reusables is much better.

ZERO WASTE! Use the recycling and composting bins. Think before you throw – there are signs & volunteers to help you.

RECYCLE PASS HOLDERS & PROGRAMS. Look for the special recycling boxes in each venue before youleave the festival.

Do you have an ELECTRIC CAR? There is a charging station at the back of the Miners Foundry.

Bring a REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE. No bottled water is sold at the festival. There is filtered water at the Vets Hall and the Miners Foundry, a generous donation from PureWater. And, a Klean Kanteen water station at Fest HQ.

Check out this film from National Partner Klean Kanteen for some more interesting facts on disposable products and don’t forget to #BringYourOwn!