Submit Your Film By August 1 and Save!

July 24, 2014

film stripAttention filmmakers, friends of filmmakers and all other Wild & Scenic enthusiasts… Our regular deadline for film submissions for the 2014 festival is August 1. Submission fees go up after that!

Ready to submit your film?

To submit your film for consideration as an Official Selection of the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, plus to get more information about deadlines and requirements, click here. At SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we show 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 both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

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Don’t miss August’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour as we visit Alaska, California, Iowa, and Wisconsin for 9 events!

July 23, 2014

Friday, August 1st – Milwaukee, WisconsinLogo_RiverRevitalizationFoundation_14

Hosting Partner: River Revitalization Foundation

About River Revitalization Foundation: Land Trusts are established to protect land and water resources for the public benefit. River Revitalization Foundation is serving as the urban rivers land trust in Milwaukee, caring for the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers. We focus on conservation and protection of riparian corridors. This is done through land acquisition, easements, connecting green space, creating a parkway which provides public access to the river valley, and landowner education.

For more information about River Revitalization Foundation and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Milwaukee, please visit: http://www.milwaukeerrf.org/

 

Logo_KenaiWatershedForum_14Tuesday, August 5th – Homer, Alaska
Thursday, August 7th – Seward, Alaska
Friday, August 8th – Kenai, Alaska
Thursday, August 14th – Anchorage, Alaska

Hosting Partner: Kenai Watershed Forum

About Kenai Watershed Forum: The Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) is dedicated to maintaining the health of the watersheds on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. KWF is recognized as the regional watershed organization of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, successfully identifying and addressing the needs of the region by providing high quality EDUCATION, RESTORATION, and RESEARCH programs.

Our mission is “working together for healthy watersheds on the Kenai Peninsula”. KWF is a dynamic and maturing organization that is poised to serve the Kenai Peninsula and the State of Alaska with increasing effectiveness in the near and distant future.

For more information about Kenai Watershed Forum and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Homer, Seward, Kenai, or Anchorage, please visit: http://www.kenaiwatershed.org/

 

Wednesday, August 13th – South Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaLogo_ValhallaTahoe_14

Hosting Partner: Valhalla Tahoe

About Valhalla Tahoe: Valhalla Tahoe was formed in 1979 (as the Tahoe Tallac Association) as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of assisting the Forest Service in restoring the three estates on the Tallac Historic Site and developing the site as a historic center while sponsoring as well as producing the Valhalla Arts & Music Festival held annually on the Heller Estate of the Tallac Historic Site. The site is listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites.

For more information about Valhalla Tahoe and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in South Lake Tahoe, please visit: http://valhallatahoe.com/

 

Saturday, August 16th – Charles City, Iowa

Hosting Partners: Charles City Arts Center and Cedar River Spinners

About Charles City Arts Center: The Charles City Arts Center is located in the historic Carnegie Library building in downtown Charles City, Iowa, and is open for free to the public. The building is owned by the city of Charles City and operated by the Charles City Arts Council. Funding for the operation of the Arts Center is provided by memberships, grants, private donations, and interest from our endowment fund.

About Cedar RLogo_CedarRiverSpinners_14iver Spinners: Through narrative storytelling, investigative reporting, and thoughtful analysis presented over multiple platforms, including podcasts, short films, photography, and live events, Cedar River Spinners creates an opportunity for discussion and debate about the Cedar River and the role it plays in the lives of Iowa residents.

For more information about Charles City Arts Center and Cedar River Spinners and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Charles City, please visit: http://www.charlescityarts.com/ and http://www.cedarriverspinners.org

 

Friday, August 22nd – Sebastopol, CaliforniaCapture

Hosting Partner: Conservation Action Fund for Education

About Conservation Action Fund for Education: CAFE’s mission is to educate, engage, and empower the public on issues that concern sustainability and the environment in the North Coast region of California. Among issues of principle concern are: land use, transit planning, public energy infrastructure, building codes, water use and conservation, local economic development, social equity, local agricultural preservation, forest and wetlands protection, and housing affordability. CAFE carries out its mission through a variety of focused programs including: hands-on workshops and public forums, development and dissemination of instructional and informational materials and kits, participation in community planning activities in areas of concern, and door-to-door contacts with local residents.

For more information about Conservation Action Fund for Education and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Sebastopol, please visit: http://www.cafefund.org/

 

CaptureFriday, August 22nd – Cordova, Alaska

Hosting Partner: Eyak Preservation Council

About Eyak Preservation Council: The Eyak Preservation Council (EPC), based in Cordova, Alaska, is a grassroots environmental and social change organization dedicated to promoting sustainable communities and protecting and preserving wild salmon habitat and Indigenous culture in the ancestral Eyak homelands of the Prince William Sound and Copper River watersheds. EPC was conceived on the day of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. That disastrous event turned Eyak founder Dune Lankard from a commercial fisherman into a life-long community activist. EPC thereby was formed and dedicated itself to not only preserving the wild salmon way of life and Native Culture, but to turning the Exxon disaster into a precedent setting opportunity for conservation when 765, 000 acres of ancestral rainforest were protected in 1995 from the clear-cutting efforts of a regional Native Corporations in the spillzone.

For more information about Eyak Preservation Council and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Cordova, please visit: http://redzone.org/

 

film stripGoing 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 125 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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Time is Running Out!

July 22, 2014
2012 Poster A Decade of Inspiring Activism

2012 Poster A Decade of Inspiring Activism

Original artwork submissions will be accepted through August 1, 2014 at 5pm.

All artists are invited to submit their work in a contest to become the official 2015 artwork used on all festival collateral at the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA happening Jan. 15-18, 2015.

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) who produces the festival, seeks an artist to design 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.  In addition, winning artwork and honorable mentions will be prominently displayed at the Festival available for sale.

“We are looking for environmental work that features the beautiful natural world, adventure in that world, and/or activism involved in protecting it in the context of the year’s theme—A Wild Life,” said Melinda Booth, Festival Director.

For inspiration, visit http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/posters where you can see past year’s graphics in the form of promotional posters.  All mediums of work will be considered.  The most wide-spread way the artwork will be used is as an 11”w x 17”h promotional poster. Contest details and submission information are available online at http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/2015art/. The deadline is Friday August 1, 2014 at 5pm.

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Tickets Available Now for DamNation

July 10, 2014

Elwha“There are so many reasons to see this film. Come for the visually stunning footage. Come to celebrate a new era for our dam-obsessed nation – a fresh chapter of dam removal and river revival. Come for the hope generated by seeing un-dammed rivers heal and salmon populations return. Come to see the spirited 94-year old Katie Lee recollect Glen Canyon before it was submerged. Come to be inspired by former Earth First graffiti activist Mikal Jakubal. Or just come for the explosions. In any case, do not miss the film that river lovers across the nation are talking about,” recommends Elizabeth Soderstrom, Senior Director of Conservation for American Rivers.

poster_sm_webThe South Yuba River Citizens League’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival and American Rivers bring you a screening of the film DamNation followed by a Q&A with one of the filmmakers, Matt Stoecker and a discussion on Yuba salmon as part of the Nevada Theater film series on July 20, 2014. Funds raised benefit American Rivers & SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now Campaign.

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

DamNation opens big, on a birth, with the stirring words of Franklin D. Roosevelt at the dedication of Hoover Dam, and on a death, as the engineer at Elwha Dam powers down the turbine on its last day. DamNation stints neither the history nor the science of dams, and above all conveys experiences known so far to only a few, including the awe of watching a 30-pound salmon hurtling 20 feet into the air in a vain attempt to reach the spawning grounds that lie barricaded upriver. We witness the seismic power of a dam breaking apart and, once the river breaks free, the elation in watching wild salmon – after a century of denied access – swimming their way home.

“This film is an opportunity for fans of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and river lovers to gather and support river and salmon issues in our own backyard, as it’s a benefit for SYRCL and American River’s Yuba Salmon Now campaign,” said Melinda Booth, Festival Director.  “Phenomenal filmmakers Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, and Matt Stoecker, along with Producers Yvon Chouinard and Beda Calhoun have made a documentary film on rivers and dams that rivals a Hollywood blockbuster in terms of engaging the audience and telling a compelling story.  It is definitely a “don’t miss” for river and film lovers.”

Details:
Sunday July 20, 2014, 7pm
Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street Nevada City, CA.
$15 general  |  $50 VIP (includes pre-event wine reception and reserved seating)
Tickets available at www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org or at the SYRCL office, 313 Railroad Ave., Nevada City, CA.  Call or email Melinda Booth for more information: Melinda@syrcl.org; (530) 265-5961 x 202.

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Art Contest Still Accepting Entries

July 10, 2014
Artwork used in 2011 by Paul Thompson

Artwork used in 2011 by Paul Thompson

There is still time to have your original artwork featured at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  Submissions accepted through August 1, 2014.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival invites all artists to submit their work in a contest to become the official 2015 artwork used on all festival collateral at the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA happening Jan. 15-18, 2015.

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) who produces the festival, seeks an artist to design 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.  In addition, winning artwork and honorable mentions will be prominently displayed at the Festival available for sale.

“We are looking for environmental work that features the beautiful natural world, adventure in that world, and/or activism involved in protecting it in the context of the year’s theme—A Wild Life,” said Melinda Booth, Festival Director.

For inspiration, visit http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/posters where you can see past year’s graphics in the form of promotional posters.  All mediums of work will be considered.  The most wide-spread way the artwork will be used is as an 11”w x 17”h promotional poster. Contest details and submission information are available online at http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/2015art/. The deadline is Friday August 1, 2014 at 5pm.

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Don’t miss July’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour as we visit Nome, Alaska

June 26, 2014

Saturday, July 26th – Nome, AlaskaCWA_logo_14

Hosting Partner: Center for Water Advocacy

About the Center for Water Advocacy:
The Center for Water Advocacy is the only non-profit public interest conservation organization which focuses exclusively on the long-term sustainability of water resources for the benefit of fish and wildlife populations, habitat, aesthetics, recreation, subsistence and traditional and cultural activities, throughout Alaska, using the principles of democracy, environmental justice, and sound ecology as our guide.

For more information about the Center for Water Advocacy and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Nome, please visit: www.centerforwateradvocacy.org/

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 it’s kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 125 cities.  moonwalkEach 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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Serve Beer. Save Money. I <3 Pale Ale.

June 26, 2014

national-sponsors-sierra-nevadaIn addition to making delicious beers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for their commitment to reducing  environmental impacts.  To honor their efforts, we are pleased to offer On Tour partners $100 off of your Wild & Scenic balance if  Sierra Nevada beer is served exclusively or $50 off if Sierra Nevada is served as one of the beer options at your Wild & Scenic event.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has proven to be a leader in environmental sustainability.  We encourage you to read their Sustainability Report at http://www.sierranevada.com/brewery/about-us/sustainability

To receive the discount:
Please contact Jon Wilson at 530.265.5961 x 204.  Please do not contact Sierra Nevada Brewing, Co. directly.

Cheers!

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Colorado River Kisses The Sea

June 26, 2014

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is thrilled about news of the Colorado River reaching its delta at the Sea of Cortez for essentially the first time in more than fifty years. The United States and Mexico have made landmark agreements which allowed for a “pulse flow” of water to be released from Morelos Dam in March. This infusion of water has already rejuvenated plants, wildlife, and people in the parched Colorado River Delta.  People in the delta’s neighboring communities are seeing the river for the first time ever.

The hope is that the pulse flow into the delta will improve habitat, recharge groundwater, and bring life back to what was once an area rich in wetlands but has become dry cracked earth. The pulse flow is temporary and will recede, though it certainly gives promise of opportunities for the future.

Film still from I Am Red

Film still from I Am Red

Wild & Scenic is proud to highlight important issues such as this one through the high quality films that we showcase at our festival in Nevada City, California and across North America as the films go on tour. I Am Red, directed by Peter McBride, gives voice to the beautiful and mighty Colorado River and the great journey it makes across diverse landscapes, supplying water for 36 million people along the way. This has been the most popular film selected for On Tour events this year so far. Powell to Powell: Portraits of the Upper Colorado, produced by Will Stauffer-Norris, relates the story of four college graduates who kayak, raft, and walk the Colorado from its source all the way to Glen Canyon Dam at 186 mile-long Lake Powell, interviewing stakeholders along the way.

Film still from Powell to Powell: Portraits of the Upper Colorado

Film still from Powell to Powell: Portraits of the Upper Colorado

More exciting news of the Colorado River’s pulse flow to the sea can be found here:

 

 

 

More information about bringing Wild & Scenic On Tour to your town contact Jon@WildAndScenicFilmFestival.org

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DamNation Film Screening July 20

June 26, 2014

DamNation-Screening-homepage-buttonJoin American Rivers & the South Yuba River Citizens League’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival for a screening of DamNation, followed by a discussion on Yuba salmon on Sunday July 20 at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre. This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access.DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Tickets are on sale now for $15.  Prefer to live large?  Splurge on a VIP ticket and receive reserved seating and pre-event wine and appetizer reception for $50.

This special screening is brought to you courtesy of American Rivers, the South Yuba River Citizens League and the Nevada Theatre Film Series. Funds raised benefit American Rivers & SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now Campaign.AR square logoBox Final 1

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2015 Theme Announced

June 19, 2014
Sharks in My Viewfinder,  a 2014 Official Selection.

Sharks in My Viewfinder, a 2014 Official Selection.

The Wild & Scenic team is proud to announce its official theme for the 2015 Festival.  After careful consideration, lots of brainstorming, and some good ol’ fashioned fun, we have arrived at our theme…A Wild Life.

We love the multiple interpretations of this phrase and are thrilled to get to work curating a festival of film, art, music, workshops, and celebrations to honor this theme.

It certainly addresses endangered species and wildlife, a genre well represented at Wild & Scenic. It is also representative of the adventure films we screen–and the adventurers featured in those films–always a highlight for our festival attendees!

Down the Line, a 2014 official selection.

Down the Line, a 2014 official selection.

Additionally, the phrase embraces the activists featured in many of our documentary films who live a deliberate life often not considered “mainstream” and sometimes thought to be a little on the wild side.

You can look forward to exciting and informative film and speaker content related to our theme, A Wild Life, at the 13th annual Festival happening January 15-18, 2015.  See you there!

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