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The Wild and Scenic Film Festival

When:
November 9, 2018 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2018-11-09T18:00:00-08:00
2018-11-09T21:00:00-08:00
Where:
Bitwise Industries
700 M Street Fresno
CA 93721
Contact:
559.500.3305
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival @ Bitwise Industries

Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2018: Wild and Scenic Rivers are Our Rivers!

WildPlaces is pleased to host one of the dozens of SYRCL’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival nationwide. We have selected environmental award-winning films to create a series of environmental documentaries focusing on how we the people can and should take personal responsibility for the rivers all over the world and especially those in our back yard in the Sierra Nevada.

Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films will 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.
“The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a tremendous way to educate the public about how fragile our earth really is and that caring for it is all our responsibility.”
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.
And WildPlaces is the host in the southern Sierra region. Tickets are now AVAILABLE that showcases about a dozen short films from celebrated producers that celebrate:
• 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act,
• The champions of protecting rivers locally and around the world,
• Every mile of river that doesn’t yet possess protections so that we might rise up and fight to take them back.
• Inaugurate and open WildPlaces’ satellite office in Fresno’s Bitwise Industries collaborative spaces.

Our goal is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 while also introducing ourselves to the community, to raise funds for our organization, and to promote our mission of stewardship while preserving and protecting our environment and precious natural resources. Please join us and share your thoughts with our audience as a guest speaker to provide further your valuable insight and knowledge on the importance of rivers and their preservation. Here is a list of the films that will be shown along with a brief synopsis to give you a well-rounded idea of what our event will look like.

A Letter to Congress
3 min.
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.

PROTECTED: A Wild & Scenic River Portrait
12 min.
Follow river paddler, author, and conservationist Tim Palmer through the enchanting waters of Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast, which has the highest concentration of National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the US. With just a canoe, a camera, and an old van, Tim finds his bliss on these rivers. He shares their beauty while reminding us all about the significance of national Wild & Scenic Rivers program that protects beautiful rivers all across country.

The Wild President
5 min.
President Jimmy Carter, an unsung environmental hero, grew up in awe of nature’s wonder. But it wasn’t until he first paddled the Chattooga Rivers Bull Sluice did he understand the power of a wild river. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, happening in 2018, President Carter urges all Americans to protect more wild rivers.

Chasing Wild: Journey into the Sacred Headwaters
13 min.
Three friends set off on a 400km bikepacking and packraft expedition – pedaling through vast boreal forest, paddling frigid whitewater, battling monster trout, outrunning a grizzly – through the heart of the sacred headwaters in northwestern British Columbia, birthplace of three critical salmon rivers, and home to the Tahltan people. In the wake of the devastating Mount Polley Mine disaster, the team’s goal is to understand what is at stake as a wave of new mines are developed across this remote corner of the province.

The Salmon Will Run
16 min.
This is the story of Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu tribe and the journey to bring our salmon home. Though they are not a federally recognized tribe and are small in numbers, the Winnemem Wintu have made tremendous strides in achieving their mission. They have galvanized people across the country, made their way into federal agency meeting rooms, and have raised $80,000. Our film brings our audience to the heart of the issue, helping them understand what is at stake, and why they need to be involved.

Intermission 15 min. Acoustic Live Shea Freedom

Keepers of the Future
23 min.
In a fertile floodplain, where the great river meets the sea, a peasant movement puts down roots – growing resilience in the scorched earth of exile and war. But soon these farmers and fishers discover new, global challenges: climate crisis, exacerbated by an economy of ruinous extraction. The solutions they come up with will be a revelation for audiences in the prosperous north. On the surface, the life of these campesinos may resemble the past, but in their model may lie the key to the future.

The New Environmentalist: Gaining Ground
6 min.
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.

Irreparable Harm
17 min.
The Tlingit people have called the vibrant coastline of Southeast Alaska home for over 10,000 years and continue to practice a way of life intimately tied to the ocean and the largest remaining temperate rainforest on earth.
Now, contamination from industrial mining is threatening the safety of the wild food sources that make Alaska so unique. Irreparable Harm gives powerful voices to the Alaska Native communities and conservation groups standing up to protect the cultural and ecological values that make this magnificent marine ecosystem an irreplaceable treasure.

The New Environmentalist: The Community They Fight For
4 min.
Community activist Mark Lopez pushed government officials to provide comprehensive lead testing and cleanup of East Los Angeles homes contaminated by a battery smelter that had been operating for over three decades.

Water Warriors
22 min.
In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors–including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government
and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province. Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Fresno!
Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films will 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.

“The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a tremendous way to educate the public about how fragile our earth really is and that caring for it is all our responsibility.”