Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Join the California Wilderness Coalition for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Clif Bar's Headquarters in Emeryville, on October 18, 2012 from 6PM to 9PM.
Click here to download the event flyer.
Regular admission ($20) includes unlimited beer and food, plus five great films, so buy your tickets today--this event sells out quickly!
Looking to do more? For just $35, you get regular admission to the event and a membership to CWC, helping to ensure the protection of our state's natural heritage so that the wonders of wild California may be forever enjoyed.
Doors open at 6PM, films begin at 7PM.
ABOUT THE FILMS
California Wilderness Coalition's southern California staff spent several days in the field with the film crew of This American Land, showing them around and introducing them to some of the local folks working to preserve the California desert. The episode features Tom Budlong, retired computer scientist and CWC volunteer, Barbara Durham of the Timbisha Shoshone, and Brian Brown of China Ranch Date Farm. Three wilderness and wild and scenic river candidates are highlighted in the show -- the Avawatz Mountains, Conglomerate Mesa, and the Amargosa River. The episode also highlights Laurel Williams, CWC's Southern California Deputy Conservation Director, and our work to pass Senator Feinstein's California Desert Protection Act (S. 138).
The Mono Lake Story (28 min)
Mono Lake is one of the most beautiful and productive lakes on the planet, yet excessive water diversions by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power threatened its ecosystem. A passionate grassroots campaign came to Mono Lake’s defense and through a monumental struggle, won its protection. The course of this historic effort transformed water law in California and forever changed water use in Los Angeles. The Mono Lake story is a rare environmental success that can inspire and inform the environmental challenges of our time.
The Craziest Idea (8 min)
2011 was an historic year for rivers. The two dam removal projects that began as “crazy ideas” 30 years ago kicked off this year on the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington. These dam removal projects are the largest in history and represent a turning point in the effort to restore freeflowing rivers for salmon, recreation and culture. The climactic moment of the year was the explosive breach of 125 foot tall Condit Dam on the White Salmon, captured using video and timelapse photography techniques.
Connecting the Gems (27 min)
Follow two National Geographic Adventurers of the Year on a 520-mile trek through one of the Northern Rockies’ premiere wildlife corridors. The two hikers traverse the Yellowstone to Frank Church region, paying particular attention to large carnivores and the challenges they face as they journey between these two ecosystem ‘gems.’
Return Flight (14 min)
The bald eagle was once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands, a group of islands just off the coast of Southern California. Then in the early 60¹s the bald eagles disappeared due to egg collecting, hunting, and DDT contamination. This short film chronicles how a dedicated team of biologists and their partners has been working tirelessly for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the Channel Islands, leading to some amazing results.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival's namesake is in celebration of SYRCL's landmark victory to receive "Wild & Scenic" status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The 3-day event features over 100 award-winning films and welcomes over 80 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. The home festival kicks-off the national tour to over 100 communities nationwide allowing SYRCL is sharing their success as an environmental group with others organizations. It is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of their National Partners: Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Klean Kanteen, Osprey Packs, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Grsit.org, the festival can reach an even larger audience in tour venues coast to coast.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA WILDERNESS COALITION
California's wild places offer a retreat from the frenetic pace of everyday life, and are also critically important to the ecological health of our region. Wilderness provides homes to threatened wildlife, supplies clean drinking water to California's growing communities, and contributes to clean air in our skies. The California Wilderness Coalition protects our wild landscapes through public education, legislation and advocacy. We believe that a well educated and activist citizenry is essential to the preservation of wild California.
ABOUT CLIF BAR
Clif Bar and Company started on a bike ride. The founder, Gary, took a bite of another energy bar and thought to himself, "I could make a better bar than this."
When & Where
California Wilderness Coalition
The California Wilderness Coalition protects the natural landscapes that make California unique, providing clean air and water, a home to wildlife, and a place for recreation and spiritual renewal. CWC is the only organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California's wild places and native biodiversity on a statewide level. Since 1976, we have empowered local communities and conservationists to be the voice for wild California.