This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 15th Anniversary Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world. Each year, Wild & Scenic draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown areas of Nevada City and Grass Valley, California. Along with our usual line-up of beautiful, engaging and eye-opening films, our theme this year is, “At the Edge.”
Special guests Gary Snyder and Tom Killion played an integral role in developing 2017’s theme. Their inspirational poetry and art guided our process and we love the multiple interpretations this phrase invokes. It certainly addresses some of the more pressing matters at hand, including climate change, species extinction, social and environmental justice – genres all well represented at Wild & Scenic. It is also representative of the adventure films we screen – bringing to mind being at the edge of a great wilderness or a path not taken – always a highlight for our festival attendees! Additionally, the phrase embraces the activists and innovators featured in many of our documentary films who are at the edge of progress with new advances in alternative energy, sustainable farming, and the chance to make decisions that will have a positive effect future generations. And, of course, there is a link to our attendees who are often at the edge of their seats throughout the festival!
Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.
This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.