Announcing 2019 Official Selections

Meaningful solutions and sublime appreciation

With more than 150 environmental and adventure films from all over the world, Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2019 is the largest event of its kind and growing. We are proud to announce the 2019 Official Selections to be screened at our Flagship Festival, January 17 – 21, 2019. 

This year’s lineup of films includes genres for everyone: Activism, Children’s Films, Food, Indigenous Perspectives, Adventure, Energy/ Climate Change/ Resources, Global Perspective, Land Preservation, Animation, Environmental Justice, Health, Rivers & Oceans. After the devastating Camp Fire in our neighboring California town of Paradise just a few short weeks ago, films with climate change topics like wildfire and drought are especially timely, bringing to light much-needed dialogue for communities and policy makers.

“With our 2019 Official Selections, Wild & Scenic highlights meaningful environmental solutions and moments of sublime appreciation for our natural world and its diverse inhabitants,” said Jess Swigonski, Programming Manager.

This year’s Official Film Selections offer a varied collection. Here’s a snapshot:

  • A New View of the Moon is a three-minute short that inspires a sense of awe and wonder at the universe.
  • Living in the the Future’s Past, narrated by Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges is an 85-minute tour de force that provides original insights into questions about subconscious motivations and how fundamental animal nature influences the future of humankind.
  • Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future by filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed Western forests to large, high-intensity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global warming.
  • The Need to Grow, Executive Produced and narrated by Rosario Dawson, is a solution-packed and cutting-edge journey into the lives of those working to fix a broken food system.
  • The Weight of Water is the story of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind man taking on an absurdly improbable challenge: kayaking the Grand Canyon.
  • The Blessing follows a Navajo coal miner struggling with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain at the hands of America’s largest coal producer.

The full lineup of films, descriptions, and trailers are available HERE

Don’t miss the chance to see these incredible films on the big screen this January.



Photo credits: Oceans: Our Blue Planet (3D); Too Precious to Mine