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 www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org for more information and to submit a film.

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Environmental Call to Action!

May 20, 2015

Eyak imageThe Wild & Scenic On Tour program brings us the good fortune of working with incredible partners around the globe. After speaking with some of our partners about their environmental work, we got to thinking: how else can we use Wild & Scenic as a platform to further urgent campaigns and engage people around issues that have a regional or global impact?

Starting today, our readers can expect quarterly action alerts in our Wild & Scenic e-newsletter to inform our readers of important and opportune issues happening all over the world. We hope our partners’ stories will inspire you to take action and spread the Wild & Scenic spirit of activism worldwide!

eyak refine4_mp_070714_cs3Our first action alert comes to you from On Tour Partner Eyak Preservation Council (EPC), based in Cordova, Alaska, a 501(c)(3) grassroots Native-founded environmental justice and social change organization dedicated to protecting and preserving wild salmon habitat, Indigenous culture and promoting sustainable communities in the Prince William Sound and Copper River watersheds of Alaska. The heart of EPC’s work is wild salmon, their pristine habitat, the ecosystems that sustain them and the traditional heritage and economies that depend on them. EPC is a three-time host of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Eyak Preservation Council is currently fighting to stop the impending U.S. Navy’s military training activities called ‘Northern Edge,’ which will be detrimental to marine life. These “realistic war games” are slated to begin June 15, 2015 near the South Central Alaskan coastline in the Gulf of Alaska, south of Prince William Sound. Dangerous sonar and weapons will be used which will cause immediate harm to marine life including death from direct explosions, the use of sonar (which disorients, kills, and causes beaching of marine animals), and the physical destruction and chemical pollution of essential habitat areas. These trainings are planned to take place during the most prolific breeding and migratory periods of the marine supported life (salmon, whales, birds and more) in the region. The training area overlaps with State Marine Protected areas, NOAA Fisheries Protected areas and includes critical and essential fish habitat.

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This map shows the Northern Edge military activity area (red) within the Protected Marine Areas

The voice of the public is the only way to stop this military exercise and protect our vital marine life. EPC  needs your help NOW. Please take action before June 1st by sending two letters in support of EPC’s position to cease the ‘Northern Edge’ training

Click here to send a letter to Alaskan officials, and click here to send a letter to the Navy. Each letter counts as a legitimate public comment and will make a difference. We know the letters are effective because EPC has heard from both the Navy and Alaska Legislative offices already. To learn more about this issue, please visit eyakpreservationcouncil.org.

The Eyak Preservation Council is working tirelessly on this issue. Your help and keeping in touch is greatly appreciated. Your voice matters. Please write a letter defending the Gulf of Alaska today.

TAKE ACTION!

Click here to write to Alaskan officials.

Click here to write to the Navy.

Thank you for your support of wild and scenic places.

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Need a Job and Want to Make a Difference?

May 20, 2015

SYRCL and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival are hiring!

Marquee_Ventana_12On Tour Associate Director: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is seeking a leader for our On Tour program.  Currently in more than 150 communities across the globe, Wild & Scenic films inspire more than 30,000 people each year–and we’re growing.  Make a difference in the environmental movement by leading this growth using film to inspire activism. Now in its 9th year, WSFF On Tour provides a turn-key fundraiser, membership drive, and awareness-building event to other organizations offering a selection of films from SYRCL’s annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival held in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA each January. The On Tour program is a major source of funding for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) river conservation work. Details about the open On Tour Associate Director here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARiver Education Coordinator: SYRCL’s River Education Program aims to educate people of all ages to be informed and passionate stewards and lifelong advocates of the Yuba River watershed. The program primarily targets K-12 students, with additional opportunities for life-long learners.  The River Education Coordinator will be responsible for implementing all of SYRCL’s current education programs, developing new programs, and assisting with fundraising to sustain the education program. You can read more details about the open River Education Coordinator position here.

Positions are open until filled.

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Don’t Miss This Upcoming On Tour Event

May 19, 2015

chataMay 30th – Gainsville, GA

Hosting Partner: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

About Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: Established in 1994, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) is an environmental advocacy organization with more than 7,000 members dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin — drinking water source for nearly four million Georgians.

Click here for more information about Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Gainsville.

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Submissions Open & Theme Announced

May 15, 2015

submit-your-filmThe 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.

The 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 we feel special attention on issues surrounding water are timely, 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.”

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 www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org to submit a film.

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Join the Team!

May 14, 2015

WSFF Team 2015.NEWThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival has an opening–are you right for the team?  We are seeking a leader for our On Tour program.  Currently in more than 150 communities across the globe, Wild & Scenic films inspire more than 30,000 people each year–and we’re growing.  Make a difference in the environmental movement by leading this growth using film to inspire activism.

Now in its 9th year, WSFF On Tour provides a turn-key fundraiser, membership drive, and awareness-building event to other organizations offering a selection of films from SYRCL’s annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival held in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA each January. The On Tour program is a major source of funding for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) river conservation work. Details about the open On Tour Associate Director here.

Position is open until filled.

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Staff Pick: The Leopard in the Land

May 7, 2015

2015-WSFF-Staff Picks Laurel3The Leopard in the Land

James McEachen, Joe Rohde (2014, 59 min)

When I first sat down to watch this film and consider making it an official selection, I wasn’t sure what I was getting in to.  Was this an adventure film?  A film about the intersection of art and the environment?  A film about snow leopard conservation? A larger-than-life personality seeking greater meaning in his life?   What I found was a fresh perspective and a film that addressed all of the above as a travelogue.

painting-on-camelI recommend settling into this hour-long journey with a cup of hot tea, some popcorn (of course!), and a mind open to new ideas.  This film is available in our film library and is free to borrow if you’re an active SYRCL member.  (Reach out to Lyndly Martin to see if your membership is current, lyndly@syrcl.org or 530.265.5961 x210).

This week’s pick is brought to you by Melinda Booth, Film Festival Director.

Want a sneak peek?  Check out the trailer below.

www.snowleopardconservancy.org

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Standing on Sacred Ground Film Series Airing on PBS

May 7, 2015

SOSGCaleenSiskmeme1Around the world, indigenous people stand up for their traditional sacred lands in defense of cultural survival, human rights and the environment. The Standing on Sacred Ground Film Series (Christopher “Toby” McLeod, Wild & Scenic 2014 Official Selection and John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award winner) follows these groups as they stand against industrial mega-projects, consumer culture, resource extraction, competing religions, tourists and climate change.

In case you missed it here, it will be nationally broadcast on public television this month. The PBS World Channel will broadcast each of four episodes Sundays at 9 pm, with the first being shown on May 17th. Click here to find out if you get the World Channel and check out their broadcast schedule here. For San Francisco Bay Area viewers, click here for the the KQED schedule. Congratulations to our friends at the Sacred Lands Film Project.

You can watch the trailer for the series below and be sure to check your local listings!

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Don’t Miss These Upcoming Wild & Scenic Events!

May 6, 2015

greateryellowstoneMay 20th – Livingston, MT

Hosting Partner: Greater Yellowstone Coalition

About Greater Yellowstone Coalition: People protecting the lands, waters and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a vast network of 20 million acres surrounding Yellowstone National Park. Across more than 20 million acres, three states and two National Parks, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition works to defend the wild heart of America.

Click here for more information about Greater Yellowstone Coalition and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Livingston.

 

Logo_KonohikiHonua_14May 23rd – Honolulu, HI

Hosting Partner: Konohiki Honua

About Konohiki Honua: Konohiki Huonua educates and raises awareness about current environmental issues in Hawai‘i and also increase transparency in processes of governmental and non-governmental organizations that affect our communities in Hawaii. Their mission is a commitment to a sustainable future through working locally to inform, inspire and improve the social, economic and environmental well being of Hawaii.

Click here for more information about Konohiki Honua and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Honolulu.

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Inspirational Earth Day Selections

April 21, 2015

At Wild & Scenic, we believe film is inspirational.  What better way to start your Earth Day than to check out a film or two.  Here are four shorts from past festivals that show the beauty of our planet earth and inspire us to work harder every day to take care of her. We’d like to share them with you to enjoy, inspire, and pass on. Happy Earth Day!

iheardI Heard
2015 Wild & Scenic Official Selection
Michael Ramsey, Abbey Smith, Stacy Bare
(2014, 3 min)

I Heard is a Seussical glimpse into more than 110 million acres of designated wilderness that we have to enjoy in the US. The Sierra Club tapped award-winning filmmaker Michael Ramsey to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

lineinsandA Line in the Sand
2015 Wild & Scenic Official Selection
Justin Clifton, Chris Cresci
(2014, 2 min)

A Line in the Sand Edward Abbey’s words have always been deliberately provocative – especially when said in defense of the desert landscape he loved so much. The words in this film are a mash-up of quotes from speeches to articles, to interviews and books.

iamredI Am Red
2014 Wild & Scenic Official Selection
Pete McBride
(USA, 2013, 4 min)

The Colorado River runs 1450 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. A video poem to highlight the beauty and challenges of this national icon.

scaredThe Scared is Scared
2014 Wild & Scenic Official Selection
Bianca Giaever
(USA, 2013, 8 min)

Bianca Giaever asked a six year old what her movie should be about, and this is what he told her.

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