After the whirlwind of producing the 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we are adjusting to the relative calm in the SYRCL office, catching up on sleep, and basking in the memories of the weekend. We are honored and humbled by the countless influential filmmakers, activists, adventurers, celebrities and politicians’ enthusiasm and praise. We are grateful for their participation in Wild & Scenic and for their tireless work. Thanks to our experienced and dedicated jury’s deliberation, we are excited to honor the filmmakers who create our award winning films.
Thank you to our many hosts who welcomed our filmmakers and guests with open arms. Your warm hospitality makes Wild & Scenic a favorite with filmmakers. From your home, guests see Nevada City as the generous community it is.
Thank you to over 650 volunteers who gave your time, experience and patience to truly make the Wild & Scenic Film Festival a community event. From making popcorn in Miners Foundry, to entering information into endless spreadsheets, to overseeing entire film venues as Venue Coordinators, to loading recycling and compost, our volunteers were cheerful and excited to take part in the largest film festival of its kind. Volunteer involvement not only makes the festival possible, but also many of the movements addressed in the films. Thank you to our many sponsors. Without your generous support the festival would not be possible.
Thank you to everyone who attended the festival. We appreciate your patience while waiting in lines to enter popular venues. Your questions for speakers reflected your involvement in environmental campaigns and your in depth understanding of the most important issues of our time. Over and over filmmakers have told us that your questions were the best they have ever gotten. Your positive presence reminds us that no matter how daunting the issues in the films are, our unity and inspiration is a powerful motivation to create lasting change.
More than ever, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival reflected the South Yuba River Citizens League’s mission and vision. Flo swam through the streets raising awareness of the plight of California Chinook salmon and Steelhead Trout. The Dam Removal Celebration featuring the world premiere of Andy Maser’s The Craziest Idea was overflowing with members of our audience who pledged to work toward dam removals. At the end of the weekend our petition to Save our Yuba State Parks had 9,000 signatures. We hope the Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspired activism, not only worldwide but also in our community and SYRCL itself.
With many of our film sessions sold out, with a festive, positive environment throughout the weekend, we consider our 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival a success. Thank you for your involvement.