Wild & Scenic Film Festival- Walla Walla, WA
- Maxey Auditorium, Maxey Hall, Whitman College 345 Boyer Avenue Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)
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$15 Adult; $10 Adult (BMLT Member); $7 Student; Children 17 and under FREE
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films that illustrate not only the challenges facing our planet but the work communities are doing to protect the environment and the places we love. The stories give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth.
In 2003 the Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the South Yuba River Citizens League, a watershed advocacy group. Its international tour to over 200 communities around the globe allows SYRCL to share its success as an environmental group with other organizations. The festival is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism.
The festival’s five National Partners: Peak Design, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Klean Kanteen, and Earthjustice. They help to bring these inspiring films to communities across the country.
The Blue Mountain Land Trust is delighted to host this festival with support from Nelson Irrigation Corporation. It is a natural extension of our work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment.
Doors open at 6:00 pm; Program begins at 6:30 pm.
Follow one of the forest's funkiest creatures into a gangly gathering of amphibious affection... and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease.
Time: 5 minutes
Thirty years ago, a partnership between Archbold Biological Station and Buck Island Ranch inspired a new mission: cowboys and scientists working together to advance scientific discovery on a ten thousand acre working cattle ranch in Florida's Northern Everglades. Bridging this cultural divide has resulted in a series of transformative discoveries that have begun to reshape our misconceptions about agriculture, sustainability, and conservation in the 21st century.
Time: 8 minutes
Dr. Konrad Steffen, the Swiss climate scientist whose research propelled Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power", reveals his alarming findings around glacial melt impacts on global sea level rise, climate change, and mass migration. Greenland Melts is stunningly filmed at remote polar monitoring stations where Dr. Steffen has been tracking the melting of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet for over 25 years.
Time: 4 minutes
As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests, and soccer practice? Join Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven‐year‐old son Thorne on a week‐long stand up paddle boarding journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. "There's a basic paradox to parenting", says David. "You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring."
Time: 13 minutes
How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in Google … someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.'” A small group of climbers began to challenge that thought. The Brothers of Climbing is a crew that's making the climbing community more welcoming. Watch to see how they created a community where one wasn’t.
Time: 7 minutes
The Eagle Creek fire ravaged the Columbia River Gorge, causing communities to evacuate, and stranding 150 day‐hikers who dramatically hike nearly 20 miles to safety. The fire was set by a 15‐year‐old boy who threw a lit firework into a dry ravine on the Eagle Creek Trail. This film includes accounts from an eyewitness who saw the boy start the fire, the stranded hikers, and people from the communities that persevered and took care of each other.
Time: 30 minutes
We’ve all been that kid sitting in the back seat of our family car, wishing we were somewhere else. Through the boredom, the driveway snow piles, sidewalk handrails and stair sets start to tease our inner skier. Watch day dreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.
Time: 5 minutes
A tale of the friendship and camaraderie shared between the Bedouin community and climber Rob Durran, Shifting Sands takes us on a journey into the sandstone towers of Wadi Rum, peering into thousands of years of climbing history. Teaming up with local climber Abdallah Al Zalabeh, Rob travels to a remote corner of the desert to rediscover and climb an old Bedouin hunting route.
Time: 10 minutes
Featuring an emerging young scientist from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Renewal is a heart‐warming story of transformation and restoration. Produced with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, this film is part of HHMI's Think Like A Scientist series. It follows up on Producer Jessica Plumb's award‐winning feature, Return of the River , which chronicled the largest dam removal in history.
Time: 8 minutes
"Blue carbon" is carbon that's captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us. "You never go into a wetland and just restore one benefit," says wetlands ecologist John Rybczyk. It improves water quality, provides salmon habitat, protects our shorelines, and also benefits our climate.
Time: 6 minutes
Discover a novel way of studying elusive carnivores ‐ using snow! Join scientists Jessie and Tommy as they re‐purpose an old technique in a way that not only revolutionizes how we study threatened species and manage our landscapes, but also highlights the importance of collaboration in conservation.
Time: 5 minutes
On a clear morning in Portland, Oregon, fourteen youth with oversized backpacks await a long day of travel. Along with five veterans, a few volunteers and "Axe the Service Dog" they are headed to Fairbanks, Alaska. From there, they will pile into bush planes and fly into the Arctic Circle. This is Soul River, a non‐profit organization founded by decorated Navy veteran Chad Brown. Their three‐week deployment to the Chandalar River is the culmination of outdoor conservation education, collective strengthening, leadership development, healing, and a whole lot of fly fishing.
Time: 15 minutes
Filmmaker Ben Masters (Unbranded) goes into the heart of the Big Bend, the last true wilderness in the state of Texas, to consider what effects building a border wall might have on wildlife dispersals, migratory corridors, and access to the Rio Grande, the only water source in a harsh desert environment.
Time: 5 minutes
Become reacquainted with awe alongside strangers interacting with a telescope trained on the moon. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up‐close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon.
Time: 3 minutes
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