The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to showcase a plethora of inspirational films. One of the 2014 favorites is Gregg Treinish, A MoveShake Story. This film tells the story of a young man who combined his passion for adventure, his deep interest and education in wildlife biology, and courage to found Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. A year of unpaid work and complete dedication was followed by a wave of support that is continuing to grow.
Alexandria Bombach, Producer of Gregg Treinish, A MoveShake Story, was inspired to create the MoveShake series when her first film, 23 Feet, received enormously positive feedback from people wanting to shed their belongings and live more simply after seeing the film. “I was amazed at how the power of film can shift perspectives and change lives,” Alexandria says. 23 Feet captures people doing what they love outside. As a filmmaker, Alexandria is passionate about telling stories of people not only doing what they love, but doing what they believe in.
Bombach met Gregg Treinish at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2012 when another film in her MoveShake series was screening and shares that they’ve since developed a wonderful friendship. Her film, Gregg Treinish, A MoveShake Story, has been one of the most popular 2014 films in Wild & Scenic On Tour this year. Alexandria Bombach has recently won an Emmy Award for this film from the San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences! Congratulations Alexandria!
With the MoveShake series complete, Alexandria’s 2015 Wild & Scenic submission is Common Ground, an 18-minute film about ranchers in Montana fighting for land conservation in the Rocky Mountain Front. Bombach explains, “I like telling stories of unlikely characters, people who challenge perspectives. I like hearing about conservation from a group of people you wouldn’t expect, like ranchers, who believe in conservation like we do. It’s a lot about heritage… saving a place that they love. It’s a good conversation to have.” Learn more at www.commongrounddoc.com
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is not only excited about the film Gregg Treinish, A MoveShake Story and Alexandria Bombach’s success; we are also celebrating the continued work of Gregg and his team. Since Treinish founded Adventures and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) in 2011, the organization has sent upwards of 1,200 athletes to collect data for more than 120 scientists. These partnerships have led to the discovery of more than a dozen new species, provided key information to guide climate change decisions, and helped protect threatened wildlife habitat.
Merrill Warren, Executive Assistant at ASC describes, “ASC has a diverse menu of projects mobilizing adventure athletes to provide the scientific community with hard-to-obtain data, while giving the outdoor community purpose beyond the personal high of reaching a summit or rowing across an ocean.”
One of ASC’s largest current initiatives includes partnering with the American Prairie Reserve on a landmark multi-year project to collect wildlife data year-round which directly informs range management. Since February, ASC has been maintaining six adventurers at a time on the prairie, which will one day become the largest protected wildlife reserve in the continental United States.
Another of ASC’s significant projects is a global initiative to collect water samples for research on microplastic pollution in the ocean. Microplastics are microscopic bits of debris that are found in face washes, cosmetics, slough off our fleeces when we wash them in washing machines, and make their way into our oceans where they then move up the food chain. In addition to causing great harm to marine life, this means that they become part of our diet. We can help reduce problems from microplastics by wearing natural fibers, not wash fleeces in washing machines, avoiding plastic bags, and avoiding cosmetics with microbeads.
ASC is mobilizing sea-goers to collect water samples worldwide and working with a partner scientist to analyze the 1-liter samples. Merrill Warren explains, “We have Adventurers who have touched every ocean. Anyone with a love of the outdoors can contribute, from beachgoers to sailors who are circumnavigating the globe,” and adds, “The results are staggering. Nearly every sample has come back with plastics, including one with 299 pieces in one liter. With the data collected, we hope to leverage lawmakers to restrict the ways plastics are used.”
Alexandria Bombach is currently focusing on her first feature length film, Frame By Frame (www.framebyframethefilm.com), featuring four Afghan photographers and photojournalists pioneering an emerging media industry in Afghanistan. Gregg Treinish is currently in Botswana on the first live data expedition in the Okavango Delta, scouting for a potential ASC project there. We hope to see them both again at this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City.
Learn more about Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation at www.adventurescience.org, and be sure to view Alexandria Bombach’s film Gregg Treinish, A MoveShake Story at this link: http://vimeo.com/67766602 or come check the DVD out of SYRCL’s film library (members only)!