And the Winner is…

September 18, 2014

WSFF2015PosterCropThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival team had a lot of fun and some hard decisions to make to determine just one winner and one honorable mention in our Poster Art Contest for the 2015  Festival.  The talent in our community never ceases to amaze—we’d like to thank all participating artists. 

Our winner is Jude Bischoff’s, American River Bear, a 48”x48” oil on canvas.  This work of art will adorn the official poster and all collateral material affiliated with the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

“Bischoff’s image is not only stunning but incorporates one interpretation of our theme, A Wild Life, to a tee,” says Melinda Booth, Festival Director.  “We’re proud to have this image brand the 2015 festival both locally and across the globe with our On Tour Program.”

Honorable Mention:  A Wild Life With Aspens by Linda Galusha

Honorable Mention: A Wild Life With Aspens by Linda Galusha

An honorable mention was awarded to Linda Galusha’s mixed medium work, A Wild Life with Aspens.

Look for work by these artists at the 2015 Festival happening January 15-18, 2015 in Nevada City and Grass Valley.

 

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Be a Part of the Wild & Scenic Family

September 18, 2014

Miller 2014 WSFF Web (209 of 431)BECOME A SPONSOR!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, as you know it, would not happen if not for the generous contributions from individuals and businesses. Our sponsors mean the world to us and we’d like to invite you to be a part of the Wild & Scenic family. Becoming a sponsor is the best way to show your support for this meaningful event (SYRCL‘s largest fundraiser), promote your business and receive perks like festival passes, reserved seating and party invitations.

If you want to know more, check out our sponsor webpage or contact Melinda Booth, Festival Director at melinda@wildandscenicfilmfestival.org or 530-265-5961 x202.

The deadline is soon, so reach out today.

 

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Upcoming On Tour stops in California, Colorado, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia!

September 18, 2014

MCBC_Color_Logo-WEBTuesday, September 23rd – Larkspur, CA

Hosting Partner: Marin County Bicycle Coalition

About Marin County Bicycle Coalition: Since 1998, MCBC has been steadily improving our county’s roads, multi-use pathways, and off-road facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

For more information about Marin County Bicycle Coalition and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Larkspur, please visit: http://www.marinbike.org/

 

yadkin_riverkeeperFriday, September 26th – Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, September 27th – Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, September 27th – Winston-Salem, NC

Hosting Partner: Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc

About Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc: Yadkin Riverkeeper’s mission is to respect, protect, and improve the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin through education, advocacy, and action.

For more information about Yadkin Riverkeeper and to purchase tickets to any of the Wild & Scenic On Tour showings in Winston-Salem, please visit: http://yadkinriverkeeper.org/

 

Regis_logo_colorFriday, September 26th – Denver, CO

Hosting Partner: Regis University

About Regis University: Regis University provides value-centered undergraduate and graduate education and encourages its students to make a positive impact in a changing society. Regis College’s liberal arts education provides the opportunity for students to explore the question “How ought we to live?” while cultivating an excellent academic education.

For more information about Regis University and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Denver, please visit: http://www.regis.edu/RC

 

MAP_Logo_largeSaturday, September 27th – Truckee, CA

Hosting Partner: Mountain Area Preservation Foundation

About Mountain Area Preservation Foundation: The mission of MAP, a grass-roots non-profit working since 1987, is to preserve the Truckee region’s community character and the natural environment for present and future generations.

For more information about Mountain Area Preservation Foundation and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Truckee, please visit: http://www.mapf.org/

 

WildVirginiaMonday, September 29th – Harrisonburg, VA

Hosting Partner: Wild Virginia

About Wild Virginia:  Wild Virginia is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Virginia’s national forests through education and advocacy.

For more information about Wild Virginia and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Harrisonburg, please visit: http://www.wildvirginia.org/

 

waterkeepers_chesapeakeThursday, October 2nd – Arlington, VA

Hosting Partner: Waterkeepers® Chesapeake

About Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Waterkeepers Chesapeake is a coalition of eighteen independent programs working to make the waters of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays swimmable and fishable.

For more information about the Waterkeepers Chesapeake and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Arlington, please visit: http://www.waterkeeperschesapeake.org/

 

On Tour StampGoing 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 jon@wildandscenicfilmfestival.org or 530.265.5961 x 204.

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Final Call for 2015 Film Submissions

September 11, 2014
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Down the Line by Francois-Xavier De Ruydts. This film was featured at the 2014 Fest and On Tour

We want you to be a part of the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival but time is running out!  The FINAL DEADLINE for open submissions is this Monday, September 15th.

The 13th annual festival will take place January 15-18, 2015, in downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA. Wild & Scenic seeks unique environmental and adventure films that aim to inspire and educate. Approximately 100 films will be officially selected out of the more than 400 anticipated entries.

On Tour StampWild & Scenic On Tour then travels to almost 150 locations across the United States and internationally. The On Tour program gives filmmakers a wonderful opportunity for broader audience exposure.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival accepts films in the following categories:

  • Environmental Films
  • Adventure Films
  • Film Competition – College Student Level
  • Film Competition – High School Student Level

Filmmakers of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to submit their films. We recommend first reviewing the submission details at our website on the Submit Your Film page.

To submit your film for consideration as an Official Selection of the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, all films must be formally submitted through the online service Film Freeway.

We look forward to your submission and good luck!

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Got Grants?

September 4, 2014

FloWe do!  We are thrilled to announce Patagonia’s Environmental Programs’ continued support of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival & On Tour program.  During the 2014 On Tour season, Patagonia was responsible for underwriting nearly 90 events through our Wild & Scenic Environmental Grant Program.  These grants help make it possible for environmental organizations across the nation utilize Wild & Scenic On Tour as a membership drive while educating, entertaining, and inspiring audiences in their town.  Through this highly successful grant program and event, On Tour partners will acquire over 5,000 new member for their organization this year alone!

Festival attendee signing an action item postcard

The Wild & Scenic Environmental Grant is intended to help grassroots groups increase their network of support.  As we inspire more activists, we increase the groundswell for the environmental movement.  We are now accepting grant applications for the 2015 On Tour season.  To apply, please CLICK HERE to fill out the grant application and email a copy of the completed application to Jon@WildAndScenicFilmFestvial.com.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival outshines hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.  Bring Wild & Scenic On Tour to your community today – Jon@WildAndScenicFilmFestvial.com  530.265.5961 x 204

 

 

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Blending Adventure and Conservation Wins an Emmy!

September 4, 2014
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Film still from Gregg Treinish, A MoveShake Story

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.

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Alexandria Bombach, Film Producer and Director

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.”

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Alexandria Bombach & Gregg Treinish at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 2012

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)!

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Upcoming On Tour Events in California, Montana, Oregon & Colorado!

September 3, 2014

NorthernPlainsResCouncilFriday, September 12th – Billings, Montana

Hosting Partner: Northern Plains Resource Council

About Northern Plains Resource Council: Northern Plains Resource Council is a grassroots conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montana citizens to protect Montana’s greatest assets: the quality of our natural resources, the character and viability of family-based agriculture, and the ability of citizens to shape the public policies that affect our land, our water, and our lives.

For more information about Northern Plains Resource Council and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Billings, please visit: https://www.northernplains.org/

 

FriendsofButteCreekSaturday, September 13th – Chico, California

Hosting Partner: Friends of Butte Creek

About Friends of Butte Creek: The Friends of Butte Creek, formed in 1999 and based in Chico, work to protect, restore and enhance the natural habitats of wildlife in the Butte Creek Watershed. They advocate for stronger environmental review, protection and enhancements to the watershed.

For more information about Friends of Butte Creek and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Chico, please visit: http://www.buttecreek.org/

 

VentanaWildernessAllianceSaturday, September 13th – Monterey, California

Hosting Partner: Ventana Wilderness Alliance

About Ventana Wilderness Alliance: The Ventana Wilderness Alliance, based in Santa Cruz, California, is a grass-roots organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California’s northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast.

For more information about Ventana Wilderness Alliance and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Monterey, please visit: http://www.ventanawild.org/

 

PlumasArtsWednesday, September 17th – Quincy, California

Hosting Partner: Plumas Arts

About Plumas Arts: Located in Quincy, California, the goal of Plumas Arts is to assist in the cultivation of communities in which arts and culture flourish; enhance and provide opportunities for artistic development and excellence for artists, potential artists and audiences of all ages; to advocate for, and to educate about, the value of the arts.

For more information about Plumas Arts and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Quincy, please visit: http://www.plumasarts.org/

 

ONDAThursday, September 18th – Bend, Oregon

Hosting Partner: Oregon Natural Desert Association

About Oregon Natural Desert Association:  ONDA has worked to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert for over 25 years through stewardship and restoration activities that ensure that critical areas regain ecological health; working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure that vast swaths of land remain wild; and ensuring that the recent interest in energy development in Oregon’s high desert is thoughtful and balances other values such as wildlife habitat and scenic values.

For more information about Oregon Natural Desert Association and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Bend, please visit: http://onda.org/

 

CMC_logo_2010Friday, September 19th – Golden, Colorado

Hosting Partner: Colorado Mountain Club

About Colorado Mountain Club: As one of Colorado’s oldest organizations, the Colorado Mountain Club focuses on conservation, advocacy, youth and adult education, and outdoor recreation adventures. The CMC works to ensure that current and future generations have the access and ability to enjoy Colorado’s open spaces and outdoor activities.

For more information about the Colorado Mountain Club and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Golden, please visit: http://www.cmc.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 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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2015 Film Submission Deadline Approaching

August 21, 2014

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

August 29th is the next deadline for film submissions for the 2015 festival. Entry fees will go up after this date! The final date for all 2015 entries is Monday, September 15th.

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.

Wild & Scenic accepts films in the following categories:

  • Environmental Films
  • Adventure Films
  • Film Competition – College Student Level
  • Film Competition – High School Student Level

To submit your film for consideration as an Official Selection of the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and for more information about deadlines and requirements, click below.

SUBMIT YOUR FILM

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Don’t miss these upcoming Wild & Scenic On Tour Dates!

August 20, 2014

CaptureFriday, August 22nd – Sebastopol, California

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/


USGBC_LogoSaturday, September 6th – Kansas City, Missouri

Hosting Partner: United States Green Building Council—Central Plains Chapter

About United States Green Building Council: The USGBC and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. They believe in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play. USGBC is best known for its development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems and its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

For more information about United States Green Building Council and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Kansas City, please visit: http://www.usgbc.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 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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Calling All Artists!

August 14, 2014
Ruby Tears and Amber Sighs, Lost in the Wet Woods Credit: Linda Galusha

Ruby Tears and Amber Sighs, Lost in the Wet Woods
Credit: Linda Galusha

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to partner with Nevada County Arts for the fourth 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 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City.  More than 40 businesses, wineries, cafes and galleries will exhibit selected art during the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  This is a unique opportunity for more than 4,500 attendees to be exposed to your art.

The film festival theme for 2015 is “A Wild Life.” Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that address this theme head on, particularly as it relates to nature and human interaction with our environment. “Exhibiting Wild & Scenic art adds another layer to the festival experience and immerses attendees in an environmental experience throughout town,” says Melinda Booth, Film Festival Director.  All entries are to be submitted via the Nevada County Arts website, where you can also find the complete submission guidelines, too.

Application Deadlines and Fees:

Early Application Deadline: September 20; $20
Regular Application Deadline: October 18; $30
Extended Application Deadline: November 1; $45
Student Application Deadline: November 1; $5
(Must be 19 or under with a valid student id)
Note: All fees are directly invested in the cost of the Exhibition & Prize Program.

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

A. Photography
B. Two Dimensional Art
C. Three Dimensional Art
D. Student Artist
Best of Theme – A Wild Life – will also be awarded
Prize amounts will vary in value, but range in value between $50 and $300.

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

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