Wild & Scenic Film Festival
313 Railroad Ave. Suite 101
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 265-5961
Fax: (530) 265-6232
Lívia Campos de Menezes, Festival Director, (530) 265-5961 ext.208
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Lívia is passionate about films and their power to raise awareness for issues that matter. Having a bachelor’s in International Relations and a master’s in History, she spent 6 years working in operations and market research before pivoting her career to work in the film industry.
In 2014, Lívia returned to school to study Screenwriting and realized that, besides writing her stories, she liked helping others implement their creative visions. With that in mind, she moved to the United States, where she got an MFA in Creative Producing at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
After graduating in 2018, Lívia moved to San Francisco and often traveled to assume her seasonal film festival positions. Now, she is excited about settling down in Nevada City and joining the WSFF team to bring the festival back to the theaters in 2022!
Resa Huck, On Tour Sales Manager, (530) 265-5961 ext. 204
Resa attended her first Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2008 and it changed her entire life. An avid camper and a fish in a previous life, she fell in love with the Yuba River and describes it as a spiritual experience. Growing up in California and traveling, has given her an immense love of nature and the environment.
Resa brings a lifetime of sales experience to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival team. As a social entrepreneur, her goal is to use Wild & Scenic On Tour as her voice for change. She considers her position as Sales Manager to be a dream come true. Her intention is to use her extensive experience in sales, and business management, combined with her passion for the environment, to grow SYRCL’S Wild & Scenic On Tour Program.
Eric Dunn, Film Festival Producer (530) 265-5961 ext. 223
Growing up in the Midwest, Eric’s love of nature and waterways was established early at a summer camp with a focus on extended wilderness tripping in the north woods. After crafting his own unique degree at The Ohio State University, Eric began his professional career with over a decade of experiences managing and booking musicians at high profile events around the globe. Following years of life in the Midwest he relocated to the Nevada City region in 2012. Prior to Wild & Scenic, Eric was the owner & manager of an award-winning essential oils and aromatherapy products company with his wife. Eric brings with him to Wild & Scenic a deep well of experience in logistics, marketing, & sales.
Today Eric continues to be an avid outdoorsman. He is an enthusiastic photographer, especially long exposure and astrophotography. He enjoys sharing his vision and the natural beauty of our earth to help connect others in appreciation and gratitude for the natural world. In his spare time Eric enjoys getting outside and exploring the region with his wife & dog in a variety of ways including hiking, camping, canoeing, skiing, & soaking in hot springs.
Jess Swigonski, Film Festival Programmer
Equipped with a degree in Film Production and a natural affinity for the outdoors, Jess’s work with one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals has absolutely been a dream come true. Originally from Erie, PA, Jess moved to California after graduating from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) to work for Wild & Scenic Film Festival as the Filmmaker Liaison back in 2014. Her greatest passion is social and environmental justice; coming in close second is watching films. With a background in communications focusing in documentary film making, Jess has always been intrigued by the stories of individuals, communities, events, creatures, places that often go untold. Jess feels honored to be a facilitator for the telling of some remarkable, vital, and timely stories.
Jess serves as Festival Programmer, curating the film sessions that you will see at the event. Since moving to Nevada City for the job at Wild & Scenic in 2014, she has been endlessly fueling her curiosity and excitement for the various opportunities for adventuring in Northern California.
Lucy Logsdon, On Tour Events Program Manager
A Colorado native, Lucy moved to California and has spent most of her life exploring wild spaces. With a degree in Environmental Studies, her passion for environmental protection and nature photography both inform her advocacy work.
Lucy has centered conservation and the environment throughout her career. She has extensive experience in the documentary film industry, from production to distribution, as well as in the nonprofit sector. For the last 3 years Lucy has been an On Tour Host for Wild & Scenic and she is excited to bring an insider’s view to the position. Lucy loves the way that film can be used to bring people together, giving them a view into new aspects of life and the amazing world we are all a part of.
When not in the office, Lucy can usually be found in the garden, floating in a river, or on top of a mountain with a camera in hand.
Maria Elting, Film Festival Coordinator (530) 265-5961
Originally from Windward Oahu, Maria grew up in the ocean but has come to love water in the form of rivers after moving to the mainland in 2017 and will be joining SYRCL’S 2022 Wild & Scenic Film Festival as the Film Festival Coordinator. She has a BA in Art History from Hawaii Pacific University and is currently studying Graphic and Digital Design at Parsons School of Design.
She has worked at a variety of arts organizations in Hawaii and on the West Coast, primarily in public programming. She also holds a certificate in Community Herbalism from the Scarlet Sage School of Traditional Healing Arts in San Francisco, and has worked on suitable lavender and cut flower farms in Southern Oregon. In her free time she loves impromptu roadtrips, visiting local bookstores, and watching Anthony Bourdain reruns. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival represents a meaningful combination of her love of the arts and the outdoors, and she is excited to be supporting the 2022 filmmakers, SYRCL’s year round staff, and the Yuba County community
Daniel Belshe, Community Engagement Manager, (530) 265-5961 ext. 201
Daniel leads all aspects of volunteer management for Wild & Scenic Film Festival. He comes this this role following nearly 20 years working internationally on projects mapping the ocean floor in Brazil, studying overfishing in communities in Baja, mapping Olive Riley nesting sites on the beaches of Costa Rica, working with big cats in India, and teaching children English in remote villages of Nepal. Most recently, he worked at a children’s charity, organizing and guiding volunteer surgical teams to hospitals in developing countries to provide complex surgeries for kids.
Daniel’s passion for protecting the health of our waterways grew after a summer internship with an environmental non-profit Missouri River Relief, mapping and analyzing garbage deposits on the banks of the Missouri River. This work involved connecting people to the Missouri River through clean-ups, river education, eco-excursions and outreach across four states. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Daniel is enthusiastic to be living in a community passionate about their environment and thrilled to explore the Sierra, meet the people, the wildlife and enjoy the beauty of a river again. In his free time, he can always be found outdoors, creating eco-art, splashing in the Bear River, hiking, paddling, camping, mountain biking, or planning his next adventure.
Melinda Booth, SYRCL Executive Director, (530) 265-5961 ext. 202
Melinda is Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League, the nonprofit watershed organization that produces Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Prior to this role, Melinda served as Festival Director for Wild & Scenic from 2011-2018, significantly growing both the flagship festival and On Tour program. Before her passion for environmental conservation brought her to the festival, she focused her career on saving iconic species like bears, wolves, and salmon in the American West. Melinda holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she studied human-bear interactions in the wildland urban interface. Melinda’s publications span scientific journals, periodicals, and books. When not working, Melinda enjoys extreme tubing, hiking with her husband and two dogs and yurt improvement projects.