09.13.12

Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Coming Soon to a Community Near You

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is celebrating 10 years of stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and incredible storytelling—and six organizations in the Friends Grassroots Network are hosting the festival in their local communities this fall to celebrate their successes, reach new audiences, and highlight the National Conservation Lands in their area.

Colorado Canyons Association kicked it off last Thursday, Sept. 6 with a screening in Montrose, Colorado, where just under 200 people gathered for a night of films, raffle prizes and hors d’oeuvres. Partner organizations tabled in the lobby, and festival-goers had a chance to learn more about nearby Gunnison Gorge, McInnis Canyons and Dominguez-Escalante national conservation areas.

The crowd grows at last week’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival, hosted in Montrose, CO by the Colorado Canyons Association.

National organizers of the film festival, which kicks off every January in Nevada City, CA, select independent films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures. They not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but also introduce them to magnificent wildlife and courageous people who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations.

Recognizing how inspirational and powerful the films are, Wild and Scenic organizers put together a touring program every year and make it available for grassroots organizations to host around the country. Local groups can select films that are most relevant for their region, put together a unique evening of film and special events, highlight local issues and, most important, reach new audiences through film and community “friend-raising.”

In addition to the Colorado Canyons Association, we know of at least five additional Friends Grassroots Network organizations hosting this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Check them out below, and if we’ve missed your group, please post a comment. See you at the movies…

And Friends of the Inyo are hosting the festival on three nights in three towns:

  • November 30, Bishop, California
  • December 1, Lone Pine, California
  • December 12, Mammoth, California