Posted on April 5, 2018
SYRCL’s Third Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour in San Francisco at the Cowell Theater was a night filled with inspiration and connection. We screened ten films to an audience of over 300, while also educating our Bay Area friends about what SYRCL is working on upstream.
Three films were represented by filmmakers to enrich the experience. We were so grateful to host Chris Newman, Dalia Burde, Amani King (A Letter to Congress), Sriram Murali (Lost in Light), and Will Parrinello (The New Environmentalists – Gaining Ground), as our special guests who were on hand for Q&A after their films screened. They were able to provide wonderful insights into the work they are doing, telling the stories of activists on the frontlines and the importance of wild spaces.
Attendees buzzed around the SYRCL information booth, eager to learn more about our work in the Yuba watershed and our current fight to stop the construction of a new proposed dam. Special thanks to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., CLIF, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Last Minute Gear, and Rainbow Grocery CoOp for additional support for this event. Overall, the event was an engaging opportunity to get informed about current environmental and cultural issues that are happening right here in California, and all around the world. Attendees left inspired to make a difference, proving once again that film has the power to inspire change.
You may have thought after the Flagship Festival each January, the film festival staff winds down for the winter. Well, not quite. There is always more work to be done to protect our watershed and share our films far and wide; sitting still is not an option. Amidst her normal duties of selling the Tour far and wide, On Tour Sales Associate Theresa Huck took the lead on producing the event and was thrilled with the result. “Our San Francisco event was a stellar night. The films were outstanding, the energy was high, and the location was gorgeous!” says Huck. “Attendees arrived as the sun set behind the Golden Gate. Stunning views outside accompanied vibrant conversation as the evening kicked into high gear. A comforting presence from our National Partners could be felt. Thanks to our dynamite team and widespread support, this third year in San Francisco at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture proved itself to be a smooth operation and great success!”
The evening was a fundraiser for SYRCL and we’d like to thank you all for your enthusiasm to learn more about and support our organization. Funds from the evening will aid our year-round conservation and education efforts. Thanks to all who attended to make this night special!
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