Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival highlights urgent environmental issues.

    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is organized each year by the South Yuba River Citizens League of Nevada City, Calif. The festival screens a collection of short documentary films each year that illuminate conservations efforts and issues around the world.

    Every year, the five-day flagship festival takes place in Nevada City and the neighboring town of Grass Valley. On average, more than 100 films screen at the nearly weeklong event, alongside various workshops, lectures, family programs, parties and art exhibitions.

    Upon each flagship’s conclusion, the festival takes to the road, touring to more than 250 locations yearly, partnering with local nonprofits at each stop and generating crucial funds to support conservation.

    Among those myriad cities and screenings, seven Wild & Scenic films will play at The Limelight Hotel in Ketchum on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m.

    Each film on the roster illuminates threats that face the environment and aim to inspire viewers to take action. The first, “What Does It Take?” is a two-minute film acting as an introduction to the “New Environmentalists” television se-ries featuring Robert Redford.

    “Confluir” follows at a much longer runtime of 39 minutes. In this short film, a group of scientists and river experts explore the Río Marañón—known colloquially as the “Grand Canyon of the Amazon”—in a month-long expedition. During their journey, the crew analyzes the potential impact that a proposed 20 dams would have on this principal tributary of the upper Amazon.

    In “A River’s Reckoning,” viewers meet fifth-generation rancher Paul Bruchez, who lives and works along the headwaters of the Colorado River. The film examines the impact of a severe drought in 2002 and how Bruchez and his family responded. The film runs 11 minutes.

    “Think Like a Scientist: Re-newal” tells an inspirational story of transformation and restoration, focusing on a young scientist from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of the Pacific Northwestern United States. This film is eight minutes long.

    A small group of scientists and activists tackle the threats facing wild salmon in “Hear the Call: Salmon Nation.” All along the coast of British Columbia, salmon are struggling in their traditional environment, but they are a significant piece of a complicated ecosystemic constellation, and the fates of countless species are intertwined in theirs. “Hear the Call” runs 24 minutes.

    In “Chasing Wild: Journey Into the Sacred Headwaters,” three friends embark upon a journey of nearly 250 miles to explore crucial salmon rivers in far-flung Northwestern British Columbia. Along the way, they learn a great deal about the local Tahltan tribe. The film is 13 minutes.

    The lineup concludes with “Greenland Melts,” a brief, four-minute-long exploration of glacial melting and rising global sea levels. The film features Swiss climate expert Konrad Steffen, whose research inspired Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”

    As with last year’s Wood River edition of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the 2019 lineup appears courtesy of Idaho Rivers United.

    Tickets are available now from idahorivers.org for $10 apiece. Members of Idaho Rivers United can enjoy a 20 percent discount on admission. For an additional $10, attendees can also acquire a branded IRU Kleen Kanteen and one free drink of their choosing. For $45, the admission and Kanteen are joined by an annual membership to Idaho Rivers United.

    Interested people may learn more about what that membership entails by visiting idahorivers.org.

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