Still Accepting Films for 2016 Fest

August 27, 2015

film deadline graphicIt’s not too late to have your film considered for the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  The late deadline is just around the corner for the 14th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival; submit now.  Widely recognized as the premier festival environmental and adventure films, this event accepts entries in all documentary forms and styles.  Selected films, including world and U.S. premieres, are screened in more than eight venues including the historic Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City, California, January 14-17, 2016.

In addition to five days of film screenings we offer an activist center with workshops, music, celebrations, receptions and youth programming.

Celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2016, Wild & Scenic films inspire an annual audience of 30,000+, including thousands of enthusiastic documentary fans, environmentalists, activists, filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters and industry professionals.  Held in the historic gold mining towns of Nevada City & Grass Valley, California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this January weekend is the kick off to Wild & Scenic On Tour which visits more than 150 communities around the globe.

The competitive event is open to documentary films and videos of all environmental and adventure film genres, subject matter, and lengths.  For more details and to submit, click here.

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We’re Hiring!

August 27, 2015

2015 Fest Staff PicSYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival team is seeking a full time On Tour Manager for our growing program.  In its 9th year, Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour provides a turn-key fundraiser and membership drive event to other organizations providing a selection of films from SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival held each January. Wild & Scenic partners with local organizations to produce more than 150 events annually across the globe. This position works closely with each event host to ensure their event meets Wild & Scenic standards and their organization’s goals.

We’re seeking someone who is detail-oriented with superior customer service, event production experience, excellent phone manners, excellent writing and organizational skills. The right candidates will demonstrate initiative, be conscientious, and provides follow-through on areas of responsibility.  If this sounds like you, apply today.  Click here for the full job description and application information.
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Don’t Miss These Upcoming Wild & Scenic Events!

August 27, 2015

walkingmtnsSeptember 4th – Avon, CO

Hosting Partner: Walking Mountains Science Center

About Walking Mountains Science Center: The mission of Walking Mountains Science Center is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.

Click here for more information about the Walking Mountains Science Center and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Avon!


cloud city conser

September 5th – Leadville, CO

Hosting Partner: Cloud City Conservation Center

About Cloud City Conservation Center: Our mission is to create community infrastructure that supports the natural environment.  Program areas include energy and waste and recycling.

Click here for more information about Cloud City Conservation Center and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Leadville.

 

CMC_logo_2010September 10th – Boulder, CO

Hosting Partner: Colorado Mountain Club

About Colorado Mountain Club: Founded in 1912 and designed to unite adventure, education and preservation, we represent the Colorado lifestyle and everything that is great about Colorado. The mission statement of the Colorado Mountain Club has remained unchanged for over 100 years.

Click here for more information about the Colorado Mountain Club and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Boulder.

 

regis univSeptember 10th – Denver, CO

Hosting Partner: Regis University

About Regis University: Regis nurtures the life of the mind and the pursuit of truth within an environment conducive to effective teaching, learning and personal development. Regis University educates men and women of all ages and faiths to take leadership roles and to make a positive impact in a changing society.

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

 

NorthernPlainsResCouncil (1)September 10th – Helena, MT
September 11th – Billings, MT

Hosting Partner: Northern Plains Resource Council

About Northern Plains Resource Council: Northern Plains is a grassroots conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life.

Click here for more information about Northern Plains Resource Council and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Helena and Billings.

 

friends of the teton riverSeptember 11th – Driggs, ID

Hosting Partner: Friends of the Teton River

About Friends of the Teton River: FTR was founded in 2000 by a diverse group of stakeholders, including farmers, anglers, scientists, agency personnel and conservation interests who were concerned by declines in the health and quality of the Teton River fishery. The foundations of the organization are sound science, collaborative relationships and community education.

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

 

September 11th – Minneapolis, MN

Hosting Partner: Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

About Friends of the Boundary Waters WildernessTheir mission is to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.

Click here for more information about Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Minneapolis.

 

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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 Amelia Workman at 530.265.5961 x 204.

 

 

 

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Environmental Call to Action!

August 14, 2015

STOP THE TONGUE RIVER RAILROAD

Northern Plains LogoThis season’s Action Alert highlights a campaign led by seven time Wild & Scenic On Tour host Northern Plains Resource Council.

pic2The Tongue River Railroad (TRR) Company is hoping to build a railroad from a proposed coal mine to a proposed export terminal in order to sell to an Asian coal market that has yet to be developed. To do so, this private company must be granted the power of federal eminent domain to condemn family ranchland in southeastern Montana for the sake of shipping Montana coal to Asia – with only hypothetical infrastructures in place.

For more than 30 years, Northern Plains and its members have worked to keep the TRR from being built through the beautiful Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana. Speculators have used an ever-changing array of scenarios to justify this project, with export to power plants in Asia being the most likely today.

pic5Just recently, the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) published a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) which barely scratches the surface of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the proposed Tongue River Railroad.  Unfortunately, this EIS is lacking important analysis of real impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, destruction of productive ranchland, increased coal train traffic and associated coal dust problems across Montana and the Pacific Northwest.  Construction of the TRR will lead to the mining of 1.3 billion tons of new coal which, when burned, will discharge over 2.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Northern Plains Resource Council is asking people to provide public comments to the Surface Transportation board urging them to select the “no action” alternative for the TRR EIS.  The comment deadline for the Tongue River Railroad EIS is September 23rd!

Take Action
screenshotNot only will this project affect Montana, but the future of the proposed Longview Coal Terminal in Washington State hinges directly on the decision to build the Tongue River Railroad. If the railroad is not built, there will be no customers for the Longview terminal.  Increased rail traffic and its impacts will affect communities all down the rail line through Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. The direct link between coal mining infrastructure and climate change makes this issue relevant far outside of Montana.

Take Action

Northern Plains Resource Council is a grassroots conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montana Citizens to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life.

 

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Wild & Scenic Welcomes Our Newest Team Member!

August 14, 2015

ameliaWild & Scenic is stoked to welcome Amelia Workman to the team as our new On Tour Associate Director! She will be working with partner organizations to spread the Wild & Scenic spirit across the globe.

Amelia is a native of Northern California and has spent the last 25 years backpacking the Sierra and developing a true love for our precious wilderness.  Growing up on an organic farm in the Central Valley, she readily observed the delicate balance between people and nature. Amelia realized her passion for being an ambassador for the environment and the preservation of our most valuable resources.

After completing a degree from Sac State, she knew that sustainable business is key in solving the environmental crisis and promptly emerged herself in the industry.  Amelia has spent the last seven years working in the outdoor industry for Patagonia and Klean Kanteen.  After working with two Wild & Scenic national partners, Amelia was elated to relocate to Nevada City and continue her work and commitment supporting the amazing organizations that contribute to a truly better world.

When not at work, you can find Amelia gardening, playing in the Yuba River, snowboarding, rafting or paddle-boarding.  She resides in Nevada City with her white-water kayaking husband.

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Staff Pick – Bluebird Man

August 13, 2015

2015-WSFF-Staff Picks Laurel3Bluebird Man

Neil Paprocki, Matthew Podolsky, Wild Lens
(2014, 29 min)

35 years ago Bluebird Man Al Larson joined a movement of citizen scientists who over the past several decades have helped reverse declines in bluebird populations by setting up networks of nestboxes designed specifically for this emblematic bird. Now, at age 92, Al continues to monitor and maintain over 300 nestboxes across Southwestern Idaho. Bluebird Man had its California debut at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

Al-Larson3-sWhen I first saw this film during a screening at the office, it immediately grabbed a special place in my heart. I have had a birdhouse on my deck for over 4 years and never had one bird take notice until that spring…Bluebirds decided I was a worthy neighbor and to call it home! Personal connections aside, this is one of the most heartwarming films of this year’s festival, a great example of citizen science and doing what you love. Al is an amazing person who has helped an entire species grow and thrive in his home state. As you watch the community begin to participate and realize he won’t be able to do it himself forever, you’ll want to move to Idaho and become the next Bird(wo)man!

Check out the trailer below for a sneak peak:

Bluebird Man is available for Wild & Scenic On Tour events and can be borrowed from SYRCL’s Film Library by active SYRCL members.

This week’s staff pick is brought to you by Stephanie Romanella, Festival Coordinator.

http://www.bluebirdman.com/

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Don’t Miss These Upcoming Wild & Scenic Events!

August 12, 2015

sonoran desertAugust 19th – Tuscon, AZ

Hosting Partner: Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection

Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection: The Coalition works to create a community where: ecosystem health is protected; nature and healthy wild animal populations are valued; and residents, visitors, and future generations can all drink clean water, breathe clean air, and find wild places to roam.

Click here for more information about the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Tuscon!

 

mtshastaAugust 22nd – Weed, CA

Hosting Partner: Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center

About Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center: The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center (MSBEC) protects and restores the outstanding natural environment and cultural values of Mount Shasta – considered one of the sacred mountains of the world – and its surrounding bioregion.

Click here for more information about Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Weed.

 

BayouLandConservancy_LogoAugust 26th – Houston, TX

Hosting Partner: Bayou Land Conservancy

About Bayou Land Conservancy: Bayou Land Conservancy is the Houston region’s leading conservation easement holder, protecting more than 12,000 acres of land in the surrounding area. We are proud to be one of the most successful land conservation organizations in the state of Texas.

Click here for more information about Bayou Land Conservancy and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Houston.

 

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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 Amelia Workman at 530.265.5961 x 204.

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Call for Artists!

July 30, 2015
Lee Ann Brook - Spawning Ground

2015 Selection- Lee Ann Brook – “Spawning Ground”

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to again partner with Nevada County Arts for the fifth year in an effort to increase awareness of the intersection between arts and the environment. To achieve this goal, all local and regional artists are invited to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, January 14-18, 2016.

Selected artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work in front of environmental filmmakers, celebrities, social activists and more than 5,500 festival attendees.  Artists will also be considered for awards in 4 categories:  2-Dimensional, 3-Dimensional, Photography, and Best Interpretation of Theme. Additionally, a special, separately-judged Student Category for submissions exists for artists age 19 or below. Twelve high-quality, attractive venues in Nevada City and Grass Valley have been selected as display partners for the event.  Each of these beautiful display venues will also participate as a “serving station” for the always popular Wild and Happy Hour Art, Wine & Beer strolls during the festival.

The film festival theme for 2016 is “A Change of Course.” Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that address this theme head on, particularly as it relates to nature and human interaction with our environment. “The featured artwork enhances the entire film festival experience,” said Melinda Booth, Film Festival Director. “We’re excited to see differing interpretations of our theme manifest in creative works of art displayed throughout Nevada City and Grass Valley.”

The final deadline to apply is November 1, but discounts are available for earlier submissions.  Artists can enter up to 3 pieces per entry in a single category. All entries must be submitted via the Art Call Website, where you can also find the complete submission guidelines.

2015 Artwork Selection - Linda Galusha - "Spring Tangle on the Hirschman Trail"

1st Place, 2D Category, 2015 – Linda Galusha –   “Spring Tangle on the Hirschman Trail”

Application Deadlines and Fees:

Early Application Deadline: September 18; $20
Regular Application Deadline: October 16; $30
Extended Application Deadline: November 1; $40
Student Application Deadline: November 1; $5
(Must be 19 or under with a valid student id)

Categories: Each piece of artwork should be submitted in one of the following categories. Judging and prizes will be organized into these categories:

1. Photography
2. Two Dimensional Art
3. Three Dimensional Art
Student Artist
Best Interpretation of Theme – A Change of Course– will also be awarded


WILD & SCENIC POSTER ARTWORK CONTEST IS NEARING FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

wsff2015posterWe are also seeking an artist to design a piece of original artwork to be used on all collateral including, but not limited to: promotional and commemorative posters, program, postcards, flyers, coasters, merchandise, website etc. The artist’s work that is selected will be provided a $500 cash prize and two festival passes valued at $250 for a prize package totaling $750. Winning artwork and honorable mention must be available for public display during the festival and will be prominently exhibited and available for sale at the Festival. SYRCL retains 25% of sale price. Click through for full Poster Contest Submission Requirements. The final deadline for submissions is Sunday, August 2nd.

We look forward to the works of art our community will create and thanks in advance for your participation!

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Regular Film Submission Deadline is Approaching

July 30, 2015

Attention filmmakers, friends of filmmakers and all Wild & Scenic enthusiasts…

We want you to be a part of the 14th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival! Don’t miss our regular submission deadline of Friday, August 14th. Submit your film by then and receive our submission rate of $45.

The 14th annual festival takes place January 14-18, 2016, in downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA. Wild & Scenic seeks unique 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 informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action. Approximately 100 films will be official selections.

On-Tour-StampWild & Scenic On Tour then travels to more than 150 locations in the United States and internationally. The On Tour program gives filmmakers a wonderful opportunity for worldwide exposure.

Filmmakers of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to submit their films. All films must be formally submitted through the online service Film Freeway, but first, we recommend reviewing the submission details at our website on the Submit Your Film page.

Be a part of the inspiration!

 

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Special Screening: Merchants of Doubt

July 29, 2015

Nevada Theatre Film Series
Nevada County Climate Change Coalition
and SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival present:

 

MERCHANTS OF DOUBT
Science Versus the Calculated Climate Denial Campaign
a film by Robert Kenner

doubtInspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Directed by Robert Kenner, who has won an array of awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work exposing some of today’s least talked of, but most impactful, social and environmental issues. Considered a craftsman of documentaries, his film FOOD, INC. was nominated for an Academy Award and won two Emmys.

After the film, stick around for a panel discussion with special guests from the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition and the South Yuba River Citizens League. Sharon Delgado and Mike Barnett from the NCCCC, Rachel Hutchinson from SYRCL and moderator Melinda Booth from SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival will discuss and share what is being done locally in the context of the film’s main points on climate change – and how these local efforts connect to broader global climate change efforts.

When: Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Time: 7 pm

Location: The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Tickets: $8, available at the door

More Info: http://www.sierracinemas.com/movie_detail.asp?movie_id=193220

http://sonyclassics.com/merchantsofdoubt/

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