January 10, 2016
Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2016
Forget February's Freeze! Warm up with friends on a Valentine's Day afternoon with enlightening and inspiring films. It's the traveling Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and it's our annual friend and fundraiser for Missouri River Relief.
1407 E. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203
Doors at 1 p.m., Films from 2-5 p.m.
Adults: $12; Students: $8; Kids 8 and under FREE
OR you can buy tickets at the Columbia Alpine Shop Store, 1102 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
OR you can purchase tickets at door while they last.
Online ticket sales close at midnight, Saturday Feb. 13
Windsor Auditorium - Stephen's College, Columbia, MO
Windsor Auditorium is accessed off Broadway downtown, just East of College. Parking is best accessed across the street. There is a foyer that will have a snacks, food & drinks this year. There will be beer, coffee, smoothies, you name it! + our traditional bake sale & silent auction. The theatre seats 300+ people, so bring your friends! Or your special someone for a Valentines Day treat!
- River tunes will be served up with a group of local musicians headed by songwriter Robyn Ricks.
- Contact us to find out how you can help by sponsoring a film, donating auction items or volunteering.
- To get in the mood, check out a fun time-lapse video of the 2014 fest by Eric Pherigo.
About the Film Festival
The Wild & Scenic traveling film festival has over 100 venues across the country showing environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth's beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.
The festival is the brainchild of the South Yuba River Citizens League from Nevada City, CA.
We hope these films might inspire you to take action for the health and beauty of our community!
River of Eden
(5 min) - Pete McBride - 2014. Join filmmaker Pete McBride, a National Geographic Freshwater Hero, on a journey into the Fijian Highlands to discover why the locals said “no” to easy money from resource extraction, and how they turned to tourism to fund a conservation area that protects the Navua, one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth. About the film • About a river trip on the Navua river
Thousand Year Journey
(4 min) - Kenny Laubbacher - 2015. Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia, alone with himself. WHY? You'll love his answer. Jed on Instagram
Love in the Tetons
(9 min) - Amy Marquis, Dana Romanoff - 2014. Our Valentine's Day feature! Fifteen years ago, Juan Martinez, an at-risk teenager from south-central Los Angeles, stepped off a bus in Grand Teton National Park and saw the stars for the first time in his life. The experience inspired him to connect more diverse and urban youth to nature, and in the process, he met Vanessa Torres, a park ranger, and fell in love all over again. Official Trailer • Outtakes from the film
(1 min) - Justin Bogardus, Jed Lazar, Joe Victorine, Dream Tree Film & Productions - 2015. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason.
(25 min) - Jason Jaacks, Steve Fisher - 2014. Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago, U.S. companies have used the Santiago River as their own waste canal. Silent River is a short documentary film that follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico. Official Trailer • "River of Death" - an award-winning investigative article by filmmaker Steve Fisher • "Not a Drop to Drink" - article in Earth Island Journal • United Nations document detailing pollution issues of the Santiago River
Filtering a Plastic Ocean
(6 min) - Rory Banyard - 2015. The film highlights the problem of toxic microplastics and their effects on marine wildlife and human health while also showing how easily we can all participate in cleaning up our local beaches, and by extension, the ocean. Find out more about plastic pollution on Missouri River Relief staff member Melanie Cheney's Plastic Soup News Blog
(15 min) - Nick Caiazza, Joe Zimmerman - 2015. A Missouri River Relief exclusive. These men quit their jobs and paddled the Missouri/Mississippi Rivers Source to Sea to highlight the effects that we are having on our rivers and the quality of our water sources. And to lose themselves in "River Time". The Blackwater Drifters blog
Aina - That Which Feeds Us
(23 min) - Josh Thome, David Mossop - 2015. This astonishing film contrasts the agricultural chemical and biological researching being done on Kaua'i with the agricultural traditions reawakening on the island.
Read this PRWatch article on "The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela" as it relates to the film AINA, land grant universities nationwide, our watersheds and health.
Art for Change
(7 min) - Will Parrinello, Mill Valley Film Group - 2015. Artists find creative ways to subvert government censorship and surveillance to spark a grassroots fight against the Myitsone Dam on Myanmar's treasured Irrawaddy River.
Our Power - Black Mesa
(8 min) - Mark Decena, Teri Heyman, Kontent Films - 2013. The intersection of climate and justice. The Navajo people in Black Mesa, Arizona are trying to protect their aquifer from a nearby coal mining plant’s pollution. As part of the Climate Justice Alliance, they strive to generate “energy without injustice, power without pollution” by using solar power instead of fossil fuels.
Why I Think the World Should End
(5 min) - Brandon Sloan, Prince Ea - 2014. St. Louis native Prince Ea looks deep into our crumbling world for hope in each person. Prince Ea's website.
Story of Place
(8 min) - Sinuhe Xavier, Justin Clifton - 2014. Deep into the unprotected territory of Southeastern Utah, Author Craig Childs narrates the story of this grand landscape, how it has shaped each and every one of us, and the threats this wild landscape is currently facing.
(24 min) - Pete Mcbride - 2015. A handcrafted boat. A canyon saved from a Colorado River dam. The legacy of the man that convinced the country it was worth saving. A legacy floating on water. The story of river warrior Martin Litton. Watch trailer • Martin's Boat website • Article on Martin Litton in High Country News.
2015 Film Fest photo by Caroline Bauman
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