Wild & Scenic Film Festival Contact
313 Railroad Ave. Suite 101
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 265-5961
Fax: (530) 265-6232
Please send generic email inquiries to [email protected], or email a specific person below.
Contact a Specific Person
Melinda Booth, Film Festival Director, (530) 265-5961 ext. 202
Melinda Booth has been the Festival Director for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an environmental and adventure festival that uses film to inspire activism, since 2011. Wild & Scenic kicks off in Nevada City, CA in support of river conservation and activism work undertaken by the South Yuba River Citizens League. Next, it travels the globe partnering with more than 150 organizations to increase the groundswell for the environmental movement as a whole and support local campaigns. 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.
Johan Ehde, On Tour Manager, (530) 265-5961 ext. 223
Johan’s path in event production began early in life. Growing up, Johan worked eclectic events at his parent’s art gallery where he helped them plan, curate and interact with the public. In his teenage years, Johan began working for Del Rio Country Club as a member of their banquet staff. There he learned the process of planning, setting, hosting and breaking down an event in full. In his twenties, Johan began working as a freelance event professional for companies who produce large-scale music and art events in California, Nevada, Oregon, Canada and Portugal. Johan is currently the On Tour Manager for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and is thrilled to be involved with SYRCL assisting in their efforts to protect the Yuba Watershed and inspire environmental activism globally.
Theresa Huck, On Tour Sales Associate, (530) 265-5961 ext. 204
Theresa attended her first Wild and 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 all over has given her an immense love of nature and the environment.
Theresa brings a lifetime of sales experience to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival team. As a social entrepreneur, her goal is to use Wild and Scenic On Tour as her voice for change. She considers her position as Sales Associate to be a dream come true. Her intention is to use her extensive experience in sales, business management and public relations combined with her passion for the environment, to grow SYRCL’S Wild and Scenic On Tour Program.
Jess Swigonski, Programming Manager, (530) 265-5961 ext. 219
Equipped with a degree in Film Production and a natural affinity for the outdoors, Jess’s work with one of the nation’s premiere 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) in order to work for Wild & Scenic Film Festival as the Filmmaker Liaison. 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 has now transitioned into the role of Programming Manager, taking the lead on creative content for the film festival and 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. Other than wildflower walks, mountain hikes, river dips, and hot spring trips, you can most definitely find her watching films, discovering music, dancing, dreaming, reveling in the time she gets to spend with the amazing and inspiring humans in California, and hanging out with her cat Charlemagne.
Jenn Tamo, Community Engagement Manager, (530) 265-5961 ext. 201
Jenn, a Central Valley native, was raised in the small town of Oakdale on the Stanislaus River. Growing up, she was nestled between the coast of San Francisco and Sierra mountains of Yosemite. Her close proximity to these natural treasures afforded her the opportunity to explore California’s unique geography and cultivate a love of the outdoors.
One of Jenn’s passions is travel. In college, she was fortunate to spend a summer in Central America as a volunteer in Costa Rica. She helped implement low-cost sustainable agriculture and assisted with small-scale enterprise that benefited the local habitat and community. Jenn graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in International Development. After university, she spent two summers in the backcountry of Yosemite which was the catalyst that launched her in search of stewardship roles in the Sierra Nevada. Jenn recently completed a year of service as SYRCL’s Stewardship Coordinator through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership . She is very excited to being staying in Nevada City with SYRCL as the River People Manager. In her spare time, if not experimenting in the kitchen, Jenn can be found hiking near a river or alpine lake.