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

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)

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)


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

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.


Staff Pick: Teton Hooping Contingency

July 1, 2015

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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.


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!



Kick Off Summer The Wild & Scenic Way

June 18, 2015

With a film of course!

Tahoe_Culture_SUPSummer solstice is upon us this Sunday and we wanted to celebrate the longest day of the year by sharing a film with you. And what better place to focus on than one of our favorite summer destinations, Lake Tahoe!

Tahoe Time 1.5 was an Official Selection at the 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. It is a culmination of work over a period of 14 months living in Lake Tahoe. For those of you who know, and for those who want to find out, the beauty and essence of Tahoe is addictive. Filmmaker Justin Majeczky learned early on that shooting video or photography of the area couldn’t capture it all (even on the longest day of the year), so he chose time lapse photography to help show off how amazing Tahoe is. “Being there first hand is obviously the best way to experience it but not all people will get to see the lake. Tahoe Time was made to be the next best thing.”

So sit back, grab an ice cold beverage, and enjoy your trip around the sun today. Happy Solstice!


Don’t Miss This Upcoming Wild & Scenic Event!

June 17, 2015

MountainTrue_logo_tag-1100x694June 23rd – Asheville, NC

Hosting Partner: Mountain True

About Mountain True: Mountain True champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in Western North Carolina.

Click here for more information about Mountain True and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Asheville.


Your Art Could Inspire Activism Around the Globe

June 4, 2015

2016 Wild & Scenic Poster Art Contest Announced!

This year marks the 14th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, to be held in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA January 14-18, 2016. The event hosts an average of 6,000 attendees and then goes on tour for a full year, reaching an annual audience of more than 30,000 people.


2015 Wild & Scenic Poster Artwork

We are 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. Submissions should tie into our theme; this year’s theme is: “A Change of Course.” For inspiration, check out our poster artwork from past year’s.

We encourage submissions that feature the beautiful natural world, adventure in that world, and activism involved in protecting it in the context of the year’s theme. All media of work will be considered. The artwork will be used most frequently as an 11”w x 17”h promotional poster. Artwork must work with that aspect ratio and the below elements will be added to the work to create the poster. Alternatively, the artist may choose to incorporate any or all of the below elements in their work: • 14th annual • Wild & Scenic Film Festival Logo • “A Change of Course” • Dates: January 14-18, 2016 • Nevada City & Grass Valley, CA • • Retain space for addition of sponsors: 2.5”-3” of height, full width needed

Click through for Submission Requirements and full contest rules.



Staff Pick: Brilliant Darkness – Hotaru in the Night

June 2, 2015

2015-WSFF-Staff Picks Laurel3Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night

Emily Driscoll, Executive Producer James Karl Fischer PhD and the The Zoological Lighting Institute
(2014, 12 min)

Did you know there are 2,000 different types of fireflies?! Set mostly in Japan, this film impressed me with its creative integration of stunning still photographs, culturally significant drawings and paintings, and the science of fireflies. We all love fireflies and the magic they invoke, but will something as simple as porch lights lead to their demise?

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Several years ago in the tropics of southern Mexico, I had the privilege of witnessing a very dark forest come alive
with fireflies after sunset. The wonder of that moment resurfaced when I watched this film, and I was touched by the
way fireflies illustrate the interconnectedness of all beings. Enjoy beautiful cinematography while considering our relationship to nature as humans. As the film states, “without wildlife, there is no life.”

Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night 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 Jenna Brager, On Tour Manager.

For a sneak peek, click on the 1-minute trailer below.



Don’t Miss These Upcoming Wild & Scenic Events!

June 1, 2015

Logo-SARAJune 11th – San Antonio, TX

Hosting Partner: San Antonio River Authority

About San Antonio River Authority: San Antonio River Authority is passionately committed to the preservation, protection and sustainability of the San Antonio River Watershed and committed to making the river safe, healthy and enjoyable.

Click here for more information about San Antonio River Authority and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in San Antonio.


WildsightJune 12th – Nelson, British Columbia

Hosting Partner: Wildsight

Wildsight: Wildsight works locally, regionally and globally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions.

Click here for more information about Wildsight and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Nelson.


MountainTrue_logo_tag-1100x694June 13th – Highlands, NC

Hosting Partner: Mountain True

About Mountain True: Mountain True champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in Western North Carolina.

Click here for more information about Mountain True and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Highlands.


Submissions Are Open for 2016!

May 21, 2015

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival invites submissions of environmental and adventure films to be considered for official selection in the 14th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA happening Jan. 14-18, 2016.

Fri PM Center For The Arts_audienceThe South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) who produces the festival, seeks cutting-edge and provocative films about a wide variety of topics including, nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and indigenous cultures.

“While all films will be considered, we are especially interested in films that interpret our theme this year, “A Change of Course,said Melinda Booth, Festival Director. “This theme was chosen because issues surrounding water and our watercourses are timely and warrant special attention. We see a need for change in the fundamental ways we interact with our environment, and we need bold leadership to show us the “course” we might take to begin to live in a more sustainable way.”

2015 Official Selection 'DamNation'

From 2015 Official Selection, “DamNation”

Following the January film festival in Nevada City, CA, the festival goes on tour and travels to more than 150 locations across the globe; more than 30,000 people annually are inspired by these films.

Wild & Scenic raises funds and awareness for SYRCL’s initiatives to recover California’s wild salmon and to protect and restore the Yuba River Watershed. What began as a grassroots fundraising effort in 2003 has grown to become the largest environmental film festival in the United States.

Open submissions run from May 15 through September 28, 2016. Visit for more information and to submit a film.