San Francisco 2018 Special Guests!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival team will be hitting the road on March 30, 2018 and heading to the Bay Area for a one night only event. We’ve chosen 10 films from our 2018 festival and are excited to announce some very special guests who will be in attendance for Q&A with their films.

IN PERSON: Chris Newman, Director
with the film A Letter to Congress

Chris began his career shooting professional surfers across the globe. Having earned a Masters degree in documentary from UC Santa Cruz, his award-winning doc work screened in festivals worldwide and nationally on PBS. After a stint living and filming in Peru, he returned to San Francisco, building his commercial reel as a director, working with major brands and agencies. Drawing from his diverse filmmaking background, he strives to create cinematic, heartfelt and honest connections between his subjects and the viewer. Chris can’t stay dry for too long. Most days you can find him surfing and photographing the rugged swells that frequent his northern California home.

About A Letter to Congress (Award Winner: 2018 Best Short)

Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.


IN PERSON: Sriram Murali, Director
with the film Lost in Light

Sriram is a filmmaker, night sky photographer and public education volunteer for the International Dark-Sky Association. He is passionate about astronomy and wildlife. He uses photography and filmmaking to raise awareness about astronomy and light pollution.


About Lost in Light

This visually stunning short film explores how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, Lost in Light shows how the night sky view gets progressively improves as you move away from the lights.

Will Parrinello speaking at WSFF On Tour San Francisco 2017

IN PERSON: Will Parrinello, Director
with the film Gaining Ground

Producer and director Will Parrinello, along with Mill Valley Film Group partner John Antonelli, has been making documentaries on environmental and social issues for almost three decades. For the past 11 years, the duo has produced an Emmy Award-winning series that features portraits of grassroots activists. This series, The New Environmentalists, follows Goldman Environmental Prize recipients who focus on protecting endangered ecosystems and species, combating destructive development projects, promoting sustainability, influencing environmental policies and striving for environmental justice. Prize recipients are ordinary citizens who choose to take great personal risks to safeguard the environment and their communities. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival has been proud to screen their New Environmentalists films for many years and taking them On Tour around the globe.

About Gaining Ground

The Q’eqchi people of Guatemala, with the help of Rodrigo Tot, fought to protect their ancient lands from a proposed nickel mine that would have devastated the region’s water and mountain range.

Sponsors, National Partners & More:

Tickets are on sale now, but going quickly! Check out our event page for more information. Doors open at 6:30pm, and be sure to arrive early. We’ll have the bar open for business, pouring Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Sierra Nevada beer. Learn more about SYRCL, our National Partners and event sponsors, get your photo taken on the green carpet, and enter to win one of three fabulous door prizes! We’ll also have our Wild & Scenic pop-up shop – your chance to purchase Wild & Scenic merchandise or one of the few remaining commemorative broadsides from special guests of January’s 15th Anniversary Film Fest in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Our sponsors this year include Clif Bar, Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, and Last Minute Gear. We will be raffling off gift certificates from Last Minute Gear and Clif Bar will be spoiling us with yummy goodness, too!