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.

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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Don’t Miss These Upcoming Wild & Scenic Events!

July 28, 2015

August 7th – Sebastopol, CA 

Hosting Partner: Conservation Action Fund for Education

About Conservation Action Fund for Education: CAFE is a non-profit {501(c)3} education, advocacy and research organization serving the North Coast region of California. Their primary mission is to educate, engage and empower the public regarding sustainability and the environment.

Click here for more information about Conservation Action Fund for Education and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Sebastopol!

 


August 7th – Milwaukee, WI

Hosting Partner: River Revitalization Foundation

About River Revitalization Foundation: 

The mission of the River Revitalization Foundation is to establish a parkway for public access, walkways, recreation and education, bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers; to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods; and to improve water quality. From the past to the future, we are committed to the return of this vital natural resource for all as Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust.

Click here for more information about River Revitalization Foundation and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Milwaukee.

 


August 8th – Ohiopyle, PA

Hosting Partner: Mountain Watershed Association

About Mountain Watershed Association: Dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the Indian Creek and greater Youghiogheny River watersheds.  We have a unique approach in that we pursue on-the-ground restoration of past damage while also advocating on local issues (primarily coal and shale gas extraction) as well as regional and national issues that have a local impact.

Click here for more information about Mountain Watershed Association and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Ohiopyle.

 

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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 Jess Swigonski at 530.265.5961 x 219.

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Join the Team!

July 27, 2015

melbWe’re hiring for our growing On Tour program!  Are you our next On Tour Manager?  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. All the while raising funds to further SYRCL’s year-round conservation work.

What are we looking for? Well, someone with the below qualifications:

Detail-oriented with superior customer service, sales experience, event production experience, excellent phone manners and organizational skills. Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious, and provides follow-through on areas of responsibility. Excellent verbal communication and writing skills. Experience working in a high energy office setting; non-profit work experience a plus. Ability to work cooperatively with staff and volunteers. Computer skills required including proficiency with Word and Excel. Bachelor’s Degree required. Positive, self-motivated, and quick learning performer highly valued. This position requires confidentiality and a sense of humor is a must.

For the complete job description, click here.

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Thinking Outside the Indoor Venue

July 16, 2015

Summer is in full swing, the days are longer, the nights are warmer and spending time outside is on everyone’s mind. If you’re looking to bring Wild & Scenic to your town and want to provide a truly unique experience for your attendees, consider having your On Tour event at an outdoor venue space.

outdoor1Hosting at an outdoor venue provides unique opportunities that an indoor venue may not. Being outdoors allows you ample space for a growing audience, and therefore the ability to invite more people and sell more tickets. An outdoor venue lends itself to additional activities that enhance the “festival” atmosphere of your event. Additional space and activities create a social environment where people can get to know each other and make connections that ideally help further your campaigns and projects.

You have the ability to personalize the space. Make it your own; give it the feel of your organization. Set up fun outdoor lights to create a magical nightlife entertainment experience. In an outdoor space you can be super creative with the event activities and food options.

Additional activities can be easy to coordinate and make space for. Have a stage with live music, demonstrations, a local food tent, drink vendors, a farmers market, a climbing wall, photo booth, games, visits with filmmakers, even kayaking! If you want to include community organizations, there is plenty of room for them to participate.

outdoor2Enjoy the weather and take advantage of the seasonal long days and warm evenings in summer. If you live in a region with long winters, your audience will especially want to engage in outdoor events and activities when the weather is beautiful. You can front load all of your event’s “extra” activities and save the film screenings for last.

Embody the scenic in Wild & Scenic! Whether your venue has riverside grounds or is in a metropolis, it’s fun for your audience to enjoy their surroundings and take in their local landscape while attending your event. If your organization does visible outdoor work like watershed restoration, perhaps there’s a venue that provides visibility to one of your projects.

Outdoor screenings are social! Attendees can move around, have conversations with lots of people, play games, and share a meal. Children have room to play and don’t have to stay still in a seat. Dogs are more likely to be allowed. This is a great setting to engage attendees in conversation about local issues.

And most importantly…Have fun and enjoy the great outdoors!

 

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Help Spread the Wild & Scenic Spirit – Become a Sponsor!

July 16, 2015

Wild & Scenic thrives and exists because of our generous partners. Our sponsors allow the festival to execute its mission to education and inspire activism.

Josh Miller 2015 WSFF-30Join us!

Partner with an event that shares your ethic, message, and clientele. Become a Wild & Scenic Sponsor; Support the festival and support your business.

Benefits may include:

  • Significant exposure to a targeted audience
  • Logo on the festival trailer
  • Advertising in the festival program
  • Logo on the festival poster
  • Logo and link on the festival website
  • Priority entry passes and exclusive event invitations

Learn more about becoming a Wild & Scenic Film Festival Sponsor; check out our 2016 Sponsor Benefit Summary Brochure, or contact Stephanie Romanella, Wild & Scenic Film Festival Coordinator, stephanie@wildandscenicfilmfestival.org or 530-265-5961 ext. 215.

Already know you want in?  Download, print and mail in your commitment today!

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Don’t Miss These Upcoming Wild & Scenic Events!

July 15, 2015

Wild & Scenic On Tour will be screening all weekend long at CA Worldfest in Grass Valley, CA. Films will screen each day, showcasing some of our favorite selections from the 2015 festival at the Discovery Stage. Each day’s film program will be approximately 45 minutes long and have a different theme; Conservation, Adventure with a Purpose, and Kids/Kid at Heart.

 

worldfest-logo-2500July 17th, 18th, & 19th – Grass Valley, CA 

Hosting Partner: CA Worldfest

CA Worldfest: A family friendly music and arts festival with something for everyone to enjoy at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds. Featuring 8 stages of music from around the world, film, camping with family and friends, workshops, international food, fine crafts, and a renowned children’s program.

Click here for more information about CA Worldfest and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Grass Valley!

 


ozarksJuly 18th – Springfield, MO

Hosting Partner: Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

About Watershed Committee of the Ozarks: Watershed Committee of the Ozarks is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to sustain and improve the water resources of Springfield and Greene County through education and effective management of the region’s watersheds.

Click here for more information about Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Springfield.

 

On Tour Stamp

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 Jess Swigonski at 530.265.5961 x 219.

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Get Wild & Scenic at Worldfest!

July 2, 2015

Start each day during WorldFest with inspirational films from SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

This year’s WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts organization, and they’ve added a new experience–a  Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour event. It all happens July 16-19 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA. In addition to the eight performance stages on site, WorldFest features a complete children’s program, community outreach, workshops, crafts, and an environmental program with speakers and visual arts. Wild & Scenic films will screen each day showcasing some of our favorite selections from the 2015 festival at the Discovery Stage. Each day’s film selection will have a different theme; Conservation, Adventure with a Purpose, and Kids/Kid at Heart.

And as a special for all the local music lovers, Thursday night is Locals Night! Nevada County residents can take advantage of WorldFest’s 2 for 1 deal: 2 tickets for just $30! Check out Thursday’s Lineup and for all ticketing and information visit www.worldfest.net.

And here’s a sneak peak of a few of the films that will be shown throughout the weekend:

The Coralax
Troy Lau, Taylor Redman, Kaya Goosby, Kawelu Higashino

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)

Teton Hooping Contingency
Madison Bayles, Yetifighter Films

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)

I Am Red
Pete McBride

The Colorado River runs 1,450 miles across seven states and two countries supplying water for 36 million people. It flowed to the sea for six million years but has not kissed the ocean since the late 1990s. (USA, 2013, 4 min)

A Line in the Sand
Justin Clifton, Chris Cresci

If you only had 2 minutes to advocate for Wilderness, what would you say? (2014, 2 min)

The Story of Place
Sinuhe Xavier, Justin Clifton

Deep into the unprotected territory of Southeastern Utah, Author Craig Childs narrates 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. (2014, 8 min)

DRAWN
Jeremy Collins

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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Wild & Scenic Alum’s Work on Display at State Capitol

July 2, 2015

Golden - Hirschman's Pond Roseanne BurkeLocal artist Roseanne Burke’s painting “Golden – Hirschman’s Pond” has been selected to represent District 1 in the California State Senate Contemporary Art Collection. Her painting will hang in the Capitol from June 2015 to September 2016 as part of this biennial exhibit. This painting was first publicly displayed at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibit in the DANK Gallery at the Miners Foundry.  Congratulations, Roseanne!

The California State Senate’s Contemporary Art Collection program was created in 1997 and recognizes and celebrates contemporary art created by the wide variety of artists throughout the state. Every other year, each Senator is asked to select an artist that best represents their district. These artists bring to the Capitol an extensive range of cultures, backgrounds, training and media. A catalogue of the art is published to accompany each exhibit.

The painting will be added to Roseanne’s line of greeting cards, available at J J Jackson’s in Nevada City. Her work can be viewed online at www.roseanneburke.com

Roseanne is currently a member of the Wild & Scenic Art Committee and we’re proud to have her on the team. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to partner with Nevada County Arts each year in an effort to incorporate additional artistic mediums into the film festival experience in an effort to illustrate connections between the arts and the environment.  Artists are invited to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival and the selected art will be exhibited over the festival weekend. This year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival Call to Artists will begin later this month, so stay tuned for details on how to submit your work for possible inclusion in our 2016 art walk exhibits in downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley! Our Poster Art Contest is currently accepting submissions–more details here.

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Staff Pick: Teton Hooping Contingency

July 1, 2015

Teton 2015-WSFF-Staff Picks Laurel3Hooping Contingency

Madison Bayles, Yetifighter Films
(2014, 8 min)

Have you ever wondered what Extreme Hula Hooping looks like? Well, look no further than Teton Hooping Contingency. This film offers you the distinct pleasure of watching climbers adventure through the Teton Mountain Range in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, stopping for a hula hoop break every once and awhile. Follow 26 year old Ryan Mertaugh, designer of the art of Extreme Hula Hooping, as he challenges social norms and shares his love of the Tetons with us in a pretty unique way. Climbing can be a challenging and serious endeavors, but these hooping mountaineers remind us that there is so much joy to be found in experiencing the great outdoors.

As I watch this film, I can’t help but think about the childlike joy I experience when frolicking along the banks and swimming through the pristine waters of the Yteton_hoopinguba River here in Nevada City. Summer is in full swing and as I frequent our local watering hole I am transported back in time to some of my favorite memories growing up in Pennsylvania along the beaches of Lake Erie and banks of the Allegheny River. While you’re scampering over giant stones, catching critters with nimble fingers, and resting in the sun after a long day of play, it is impossible not to smile and be grateful for our natural playgrounds. So let’s dust off our hula hoops and rejuvenate our senses of wonder and excitement in the treasures awaiting us just outside our front doors!

Check out the trailer below for a sneak peak:

Teton Hooping Contingency 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 Jess Swigonski, Festival Liaison.

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Early Film Submission Deadline is Approaching

June 18, 2015

Attention filmmakers, friends of filmmakers and all other Wild & Scenic enthusiasts. . .

PicWe want you to be a part of the 14th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival! Don’t miss our early-bird deadline of Tuesday, June 30th. Submit your film by then and receive our lowest submission rate–only $40.

The 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 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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