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Thursday, January 16
 

4:30pm

Art Reception and Awards
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Nevada County Arts Council have partnered again to produce a Wild & Scenic Art Show.  View the art and meet the artists! Art awards are announced at the Art Reception.

Thank you to our 2020 Art Jury: Nashormeh N. R. Lindo, William L. Fox, and Michael Llewellyn.

Thursday January 16, 2020 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

7:00pm

3D Family-Friendly Films: Hidden Pacific | Superpower Dogs
Separate ticket required for 3D film session

Real-life superpower dogs in attendance!

Hidden Pacific 3D
Ian Shive | 2019 | 40 min
This breathtaking 3D film profiles some of the Pacific Ocean's most beautiful islands and marine national monuments. Hidden Pacific explores the storied histories of Palmyra, Midway, and other atolls through science and human stories. Hidden Pacific is produced by Tandem Stills + Motion, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Superpower Dogs 3D
Daniel Ferguson, Taran Davies, George Duffield, Dominic Cunningham-Reid | 2019 | 47 min
Join an immersive IMAX adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world's most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story narrated by Chris Evans, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs and their human partners who fight crime, protect endangered species and save lives in avalanches and earthquakes. As we discover the extraordinary abilities of dogs and the remarkable science behind their superpowers, we'll never look at our best friends the same way again!

Speakers
avatar for Groot

Groot

Groot is a floppy-eared fuzzball of a Golden Retriever. Handler Rich Cassens of Nevada County Sheriff's Search and Rescue says, "After 6 months of trying to figure out what discipline I wanted to focus on we began training in earnest. In December of last year he passed his HRD certification... Read More →
avatar for Rich Cassens

Rich Cassens

Groot's Handler, Nevada County Search and Rescue
Rich has been involved in Search and Rescue for 9 years. After attending one K9 team training to hide for the dogs he decided he wanted to be involved with the K9 team. Watching the dogs run through the woods and follow the scent trail to the subject captivated him. Rich got a floppy-eared... Read More →


Thursday January 16, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Del Oro Theatre 165 Mill St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA
 
Friday, January 17
 

4:00pm

Art Stroll, Nevada City
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Nevada County Arts Council have partnered again to produce a Wild & Scenic Art Show.  Stroll the exhibition venues in downtown Nevada City:

Gallery 125
Kitkitdizzi
LeeAnn Brook Fine Art
Miners Foundry
Nevada City Winery

Friday January 17, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Multi-venues See description for location

4:00pm

Featured Artist Forest Aliya
Forest Aliya is an abstract landscape artist residing in Nevada City, CA. She creates work from a liminal space informed by an understanding of the connection between Earth and all living things. “Trees Speak” (acrylic on paper)  is a response to the Camp Fire in 2018.  The piece is a contemplation on how light and sound work together along with the elements of nature. View “Trees Speak” at Kitkitdizzi, 219 Broad Street, Nevada City and hear from the artist during the Nevada City Art Stroll, Friday, January 17, 4 - 6pm.

Friday January 17, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Kitkitdizzi 219 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

4:00pm

Media Lounge
Meet filmmakers and activists in the Wild & Scenic
The Media Lounge is THE place for up-to-date information, photos on the green carpet, exclusive interviews with special guests, and meet and greets with some of your WSFF favorites. Enjoy free WiFi and a comfortable setting to meet, connect, and network.
Plus, join us live on 89.5 FM starting with the media reception. And we are streaming live on the WSFF FB page: facebook.com/WildScenicFilms/

Moderators
avatar for Elisa Parker

Elisa Parker

Co-Founder, See Jane Do

Friday January 17, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Nevada City Winery 321 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

4:00pm

Virtual Reality Lounge
Journey into the memories of a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed and survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima, glide amongst the Canadian Rockies on untamed ice first-hand with figure skater Laura Kottlowski, and immerse yourself in the sounds of Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America, with acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton. These three unique Virtual Reality experiences - The Atomic TreeTo Return, and Sanctuaries of Silence - will transport you to remote corners of the globe without having to leave your seat.

Join To Return filmmaker, Laura Kottlowski, for the first hour (4-5pm) to hear about her process, learn about the film, and have an opportunity to ask questions!


The Atomic Tree VR
Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | 2019 | 10 min
Journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world - a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed - and survived - the atomic blast in Hiroshima. From Japan's ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, this Virtual Reality experience explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree. The delicate shape of this bonsai contains sacred forests, human family, and deep time, inviting us to reflect on the living strands of kinship that are woven between human and non-human worlds.

To Return
Laura Kottlowski | 2019 | 6 min
For figure skater Laura Kottlowski, exploring and skating on wild ice is like returning to gold—a state of innocence, curiosity, and humility as well as the roots of figure skating. Through her lens and a poetic narrative you’ll experience the multi-sensory joy and curiosities of untamed ice first-hand.

Sanctuaries of Silence VR
Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | 2017 | 8 min
Silence just might be on the verge of extinction and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. In the Virtual Reality experience Sanctuaries of Silence, join Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Kottlowski

Laura Kottlowski

To Return VR (Director), Deer 139 (Art Director, Designer, Animator)



Friday January 17, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
KVMR 120 Bridge St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

4:15pm

Welcome Reception
Stone Hall in the Miners Foundry

Start the fest with a warm welcome from Festival staff, Nisenan tribal members, and other special guests.

2020 Festival Artist Obi Kaufmann will be signing fest posters. Stick around for refreshments and tastings from Barefoot Bubbly and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

5:00pm

7:00pm

A Fistful of Rubbish | The Story of Plastic
Friday Evening, SAEL School

A Fistful of Rubbish
David Regos | 2019 | 14 min
Western environmental documentary, A Fistful of Rubbish, is set in the Tabernas Desert in Spain - Europe's only desert. An area famous for being the backdrop of many famous Western films, sadly is being trashed. But now, with the help of some locals, an English ex-pat is forming a posse and taking things into his own hands.

The Story of Plastic
Deia Schlosberg, Stiv Wilson, Megan Ponder, Kyle Cadotte, Tony Hale, Brian Wilson | 2019 | 94 min
Depicting a world rapidly becoming overrun with toxic material, The Story of Plastic brings into focus an alarming, manmade crisis. Striking footage, original animations, and archival material combine in this timely documentary to point to the disastrous impact of the manufacture and use of plastics, shedding new light on a pressing global challenge that threatens the life expectancy of animals, humans, and Earth itself.

Session sponsored by Klean Kanteen

Speakers
avatar for Megan Ponder

Megan Ponder

Producer, The Story of Plastic
avatar for Deia Schlosberg

Deia Schlosberg

Producer, Director, The Story of Plastic



7:00pm

In the Land of My Ancestors | Eating Up Easter
Friday Evening, GV Elks Lodge

In the Land of My Ancestors
Rucha Chitnis | 2018 | 9 min
Beloved Ohlone elder, Ann Marie Sayers, has devoted her life to preserve the stories and culture of her indigenous ancestors. In the Land of My Ancestors shines light on the perilous impact of colonization and settler colonialism on Ohlone people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sayers created a refuge for many indigenous peoples in her ancestral land called the Indian Canyon to reclaim their culture, spirituality, and indigeneity. This film celebrates Sayers' resiliency and living legacy, and is produced by South Asian photojournalist, Rucha Chitnis.

Eating Up Easter
Sergio M. Rapu, Elena Rapu | 2018 | 76 min
Native Rapanui (Easter Island) filmmaker Sergio Mata'u Rapu narrates to his son about the modern dilemma of their people, who risk losing everything to the globalizing effects of tourism. Eating Up Easter follows four islanders, descendants of the ancient statue builders, who are working to tackle the consequences of their rapidly developing home. Mama Piru leads recycling efforts to reduce trash, Mahani and Enrique use music to reunite their divided community, and Sergio tries to understand the motivations of his father who embraces the advantages of building new businesses.



Speakers
avatar for Kanyon

Kanyon "Coyote Woman" Sayers-Roods

Featured, In the Land of My Ancestors
avatar for Tod Hardin

Tod Hardin

Head of Film Development for Plastic Oceans, Eating Up Easter



7:00pm

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk | Bayandalai, Lord of the Taiga | Honeyland
Friday Evening, Nevada Theatre

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk
Eva Kaukai, Manon Chamberland, Emilie Baillargeon, Wapikoni Mobile | 2019 | 3 min
Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland practice the Inuk art of throat singing in their small village of Kangirsuk. Their mesmerizing voices carry through the four seasons of their Arctic land.

Bayandalai, Lord of the Taiga
Aner Etxebarria, Pablo Vidal, Lara Izagirre | 2018 | 11 min
From inside his yurt deep within the heart of the Taiga, Bayandalai - an elder of the Dukhas tribe - muses about the significance of life and death in the largest forest on Earth. He is the last of the great reindeer herders of the Taiga.

Honeyland
Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska | 2019 | 85 min
Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, Honeyland is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

Session sponsored by Alicia & Michael Funk 


Friday January 17, 2020 7:00pm - 9:15pm
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

7:00pm

Where The Wild Things Keep Playing | Broken | North Country | Life of Pie | Gone Tomorrow - The Story of Kentucky Ice Climbing | Feel of Vision | Naretoi (Women Empowering Women)
Friday Evening, Miners Foundry Osborn/Woods

Where The Wild Things Keep Playing
Krystle Wright | 2019 | 4 min
This is an ode to the athlete who relishes in getting dirty, who chuckles after a long day in the mountains, effortlessly glides through the crystal clear waves and most importantly, is unapologetic in pursuing their love of getting rowdy in adventures. Director Krystle Wright brings this next installment since the wild things never stopped playing.

Broken
Simon Perkins | 2019 | 7 min
Jon Wilson struggled with the emotions of feeling broken after losing his leg to cancer. Today, crutching up and skiing down mountains at night serves as a backdrop for him to explore, accept, and embrace the idea of "brokenness", leading to a more sincere, genuine and honest connection with life.

North Country
Nick Martini, Stept Studios, Anthony Lahout, Mattias Evangelista, Cam Riley | 2019 | 21 min
In the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire, Lahout's Country Store has remained open 365 days a year since 1920. North Country tells a timeless short story of the American dream and the family that put a community on skis.

Life of Pie
Ben Knight, Travis Rummel | 2019 | 11 min
In 2002, mountain bikers and entrepreneurs Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to Fruita, Colorado, in search of cheap rent, world-class single track, and free time to ride. Over 15 years later, the two unconventional women have helped reshape one of the state’s most conservative towns, uniting the community through advocacy, inclusivity, and damn good pizza.

Gone Tomorrow - The Story of Kentucky Ice Climbing
Mike Wilkinson | 2019 | 20 min
This adventure documentary will take you for a bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they're gone, with a few surprises along the way.

Feel of Vision
T
ucker Gragg, Austin Gardner, Kevin Weaver, Ben Frazier, Matt Dillman | 2018 | 26 min
In 1997, Lonnie Bedwell lost his eyesight in a brutal hunting accident. Lonnie's faith in most basic abilities was shaken and depression started to weigh heavy on his life. Eventually, Lonnie came across a kayak and fell in love with the challenge of white water. The rest is history as Lonnie set off for the west and became the first blind man to take on the 226 miles of the Colorado River.

Naretoi (Women Empowering Women)
Kelsey Doyle, Katie Sugarman | 2019 | 27 min
Maasai live as pastoralists in a deeply traditional, patriarchal, polygamous culture that still practices early arranged marriage and female circumcision. Naretoi (women empowering women in KiMaasai) follows a team of Maasai and American women on a self-supported expedition to the summit of Mt. Kenya. The women overcome many barriers to collectively conquer the mountain and empower each other in the process.

Session sponsored by Wobb Family 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Harrison

Sarah Harrison

Featured, Naretoi
avatar for Katie Sugarman

Katie Sugarman

Co-Director, Co-Producer, Naretoi
avatar for Kelsey Doyle

Kelsey Doyle

Co-Director, Co-Producer, Naretoi



7:30pm

In Celebration of Open Space | Ferryman at the Wall | The Valley
Friday Evening, Fellowship Hall

In Celebration of Open Space
Tate Yoder, Hannah Webber, Catherine Schmitt, Schoodic Institute | 2019 | 6 min
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park pursues collaborative solutions to critical environmental problems through discovery and learning. In 2018, we worked with organizations and volunteers from Maine, the United States, and more than 19 different countries to enhance our understanding of the land and seascapes of Acadia National Park and surrounding areas. After volunteers spent time outside walking, observing, and recording data, we asked, what does open space mean to you?

Ferryman at the Wall
David Freid | 2017 | 16 min
Originally proposed as an international peace park with Mexico, Big Bend, Texas has a unique relationship with its southern neighbor. For the past 40 years, Mike Davidson has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life - but now, a great big border wall might divide the park.

The Valley
Ron Melmon, Bryan Reinhart, Christopher Johnson | 2018 | 74 min
Ever since its transformation from an over-the-hill mining town to a world class ski resort, Telluride has been a diverse mix of ski bums, trust funders, back-to-the-land hippies, liberal second-home owners, urban dropouts, and savvy business entrepreneurs. But the one thing they all agreed upon was that they weren't going to let developers run the show. So when a multinational corporation proposed an Aspen-style development of trophy homes on the 600 acre gateway to Telluride's box canyon, the citizens of Telluride said, “NO WAY!” The Valley is their story.

Speakers
avatar for Tate Yoder

Tate Yoder

Director, In Celebration of Open Space
avatar for Bryan Reinhart

Bryan Reinhart

Director, The Valley



7:30pm

Sanctuary | Pebble Redux - The Bears of Amakdedori | Artifishal
Friday Evening, NC Oddfellows

Sanctuary
Shane Anderson | 2019 | 7 min
Set against the backdrop of the North Umpqua's most famous tributary, Steamboat Creek, which was recently designated as the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary, filmmaker Shane Anderson documents how these famed waters impacted Soul River, a group of veterans and urban youth as they learn about steelhead trout research by Pacific Rivers and meet conservation heroes Frank and Jeanne Moore. Sanctuary explores the healing powers of wild places and rivers and the need to create more sanctuaries on public lands.

Pebble Redux - The Bears of Amakdedori
Trip Jennings, Sara Quinn | 2019 | 14 min
If you thought the original Pebble Mine proposal was a bad idea for salmon in Bristol Bay, you'll despise Pebble Redux even more! This film shows the Trump fast-tracked, expanded mine proposal through the eyes of its newest, cutest threatened species representative - a four-year-old grizzly bear. Check out the views this young grizzly enjoys while he plays and snacks in the densest grizzly bear habitat in the world and learn how you can help stop this proposal - again!

Artifishal
Josh "Bones" Murphy | 2019 | 80 min
This is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. Artifishal explores wild salmon's slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.

Session sponsored by Yvon & Malinda Chouinard 

Speakers
avatar for Josh

Josh "Bones" Murphy

Director, Artifishal
avatar for Shane Anderson

Shane Anderson

Director, Producer, Sanctuary
avatar for Chad Brown

Chad Brown

I am Public Lands (Director), Sanctuary (Featured)
avatar for Trip Jennings

Trip Jennings

Director, Director of Photography, Rewilding a Mountain, Pebble Redux
avatar for Sara Quinn

Sara Quinn

Editor, Second Camera, Rewilding a Mountain, Pebble Redux
avatar for Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill

Producer, Pebble Redux - The Bears of Amakdedori



7:30pm

Where The Wild Things Keep Playing | Broken | North Country | Life of Pie | Gone Tomorrow - The Story of Kentucky Ice Climbing | Feel of Vision | Naretoi (Women Empowering Women)
Friday Evening, Gold Miners Inn

Where The Wild Things Keep Playing
Krystle Wright | 2019 | 4 min
This is an ode to the athlete who relishes in getting dirty, who chuckles after a long day in the mountains, effortlessly glides through the crystal clear waves and most importantly, is unapologetic in pursuing their love of getting rowdy in adventures. Director Krystle Wright brings this next installment since the wild things never stopped playing.

Broken
Simon Perkins | 2019 | 7 min
Jon Wilson struggled with the emotions of feeling broken after losing his leg to cancer. Today, crutching up and skiing down mountains at night serves as a backdrop for him to explore, accept, and embrace the idea of "brokenness", leading to a more sincere, genuine and honest connection with life.

North Country
Nick Martini, Stept Studios, Anthony Lahout, Mattias Evangelista, Cam Riley | 2019 | 21 min
In the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire, Lahout's Country Store has remained open 365 days a year since 1920. North Country tells a timeless short story of the American dream and the family that put a community on skis.

Life of Pie
Ben Knight, Travis Rummel | 2019 | 11 min
In 2002, mountain bikers and entrepreneurs Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to Fruita, Colorado, in search of cheap rent, world-class single track, and free time to ride. Over 15 years later, the two unconventional women have helped reshape one of the state’s most conservative towns, uniting the community through advocacy, inclusivity, and damn good pizza.

Gone Tomorrow - The Story of Kentucky Ice Climbing
Mike Wilkinson | 2019 | 20 min
This adventure documentary will take you for a bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they're gone, with a few surprises along the way.

Feel of Vision
T
ucker Gragg, Austin Gardner, Kevin Weaver, Ben Frazier, Matt Dillman | 2018 | 26 min
In 1997, Lonnie Bedwell lost his eyesight in a brutal hunting accident. Lonnie's faith in most basic abilities was shaken and depression started to weigh heavy on his life. Eventually, Lonnie came across a kayak and fell in love with the challenge of white water. The rest is history as Lonnie set off for the west and became the first blind man to take on the 226 miles of the Colorado River.

Naretoi (Women Empowering Women)
Kelsey Doyle, Katie Sugarman | 2019 | 27 min
Maasai live as pastoralists in a deeply traditional, patriarchal, polygamous culture that still practices early arranged marriage and female circumcision. Naretoi (women empowering women in KiMaasai) follows a team of Maasai and American women on a self supported expedition to the summit of Mt. Kenya. The women overcome many barriers to collectively conquer the mountain and empower each other in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Harrison

Sarah Harrison

Featured, Naretoi
avatar for Katie Sugarman

Katie Sugarman

Co-Director, Co-Producer, Naretoi
avatar for Kelsey Doyle

Kelsey Doyle

Co-Director, Co-Producer, Naretoi



Friday January 17, 2020 7:30pm - 9:45pm
Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

8:00pm

Mi Mamá | The River and the Wall
Friday Evening, Miners Foundry Stone Hall

Mi Mamá
Jade Begay, James 'Q' Martin | 2019 | 6 min
Nadia Mercado grew up in a working-class community with her single mother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and three sisters. In this film, Nadia recounts the ways that her mother helped shape the woman she is today: a cardiac nurse, an outdoor athlete, and a woman who is dedicated to helping people of color in the outdoor communities.

The River and the Wall
Ben Masters | 2019 | 110 min
Five friends led by Ben Masters (Unbranded) venture into the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes to document the environment before a wall is built. As the wilderness gives way to the bustling Rio Grande Valley, they encounter the unexpected and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Session sponsored by Hipcamp 

Speakers
avatar for James

James "Q" Martin

Director, Mi Mamá



8:00pm

Panel Discussion Follows: Meadows - Yosemite Nature Notes | California's Watershed | Fighting Fire With Fire | Not If But When: Wildfire Solutions
Friday Evening, Vets Hall

Meadows - Yosemite Nature Notes
Steven M. Bumgardner | 2019 | 7 min
Yosemite National Park has over 3,000 meadows, which hold the greatest diversity of plant and animal species despite only making up 3% of the park. In just the past 150 years, people have negatively impacted these fragile ecosystems. Yosemite National Park, with the help of Yosemite Conservancy, is working hard to rehabilitate these meadows that are an important part of the park's natural and cultural history.

California's Watershed
James Thebaut | 2019 | 27 min
Created to place a spotlight and raise awareness within the general public and elected and public officials, California's Watershed explores the critical social and ecological importance of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the far reaching national security consequences of its rapidly evolving demise. This film presents the dangerous impact of warming temperatures and climate change on the watershed and its importance in maintaining the long-term health and security needs of families, cities, businesses, farmers, and environment locally and globally.

Fighting Fire With Fire
Sinead Santich | 2018 | 3 min
In an effort to restore the role of Native people as land stewards and mitigate the threat of wildfires, UC-Davis professor Beth Rose Middleton Manning fires up a hands-on lesson in cultural burning. Tribal Chairman Ron Goode leads students in an immersive experience preparing the land, igniting the fire, and carrying out indigenous traditions that have restored California landscapes for centuries.

Not If But When: Wildfire Solutions
Radu Sava, Rebekah Hood-Sava | 2019 | 39 min
Wildfires are becoming a global phenomenon and California is one of the places hit the hardest because of its dry climate. Experts in the Sierra Nevada are taking on innovative solutions at an unprecedented scale and if they are successful, it could influence work around the world.

30-minute panel discussion to follow featuring:
Roger Bales – Distinguished Professor of Engineering, UC Merced and Director, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Martha Conklin – Environmental Systems Chair Founding faculty and Professor of Engineering, UC Merced
Dave Eggerton – Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies
Matthew Reischman – CalFire Assistant Deputy Director, Resource Protection
Willie Whittlesey – Assistant General Manager, Yuba Water Agency

Moderated by: Rachel Hutchinson – River Science Director, SYRCL

Session sponsored by Big Springs Garden Retreat Center 

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Hutchinson

Rachel Hutchinson

River Science Director, South Yuba River Citizens League

Speakers
avatar for Dave Eggerton

Dave Eggerton

Featured, California's Watershed
avatar for Roger Bales

Roger Bales

Featured, California's Watershed
avatar for Martha Conklin

Martha Conklin

Featured, California's Watershed
avatar for Willie Whittlesey

Willie Whittlesey

Featured, Not If But When: Wildfire Solutions
avatar for Matthew Reischman

Matthew Reischman

Featured, Not If But When: Wildfire Solutions
avatar for Radu Sava and Rebekah Hood-Sava

Radu Sava and Rebekah Hood-Sava

Co-director, Producer, Writer, Not If But When: Wildfire Solutions
avatar for James Thebaut

James Thebaut

Creator, Producer, Director, California's Watershed
avatar for Ron Goode

Ron Goode

Featured, Fighting Fire With Fire
avatar for Steven M. Bumgardner

Steven M. Bumgardner

Producer, Director, Exploring Soundscapes, Meadows - Yosemite Nature Notes
avatar for Sinead Santich

Sinead Santich

Filmmaker, Fighting Fire With Fire



 
Saturday, January 18
 

8:30am

COFFEE TALK: Queer in the outdoors: Why do you even need your own hiking group?
Since its inception in 2015, The Venture Out Project has led thousands of LGBTQ+ backpackers, hikers, skiers, snowshoers and paddlers on outdoor adventures. In recent years there has been a clear increase in the number of outdoor affinity groups and diverse hikers hitting the trails. Yet we still get the question, “I don’t need my own hiking group, why do you? I thought the outdoors was for everyone.” Join Venture Out’s founder, Perry Cohen, for an informal discussion around queer identity in the outdoors, why so many people have flocked to Venture Out, and why more come every year. No experience necessary, this talk is open to all!

Speakers
avatar for Perry Cohen

Perry Cohen

Executive Director, The Venture Out Project



9:00am

Media Lounge
Meet filmmakers and activists in the Wild & Scenic
The Media Lounge is THE place for up-to-date information, photos on the green carpet, exclusive interviews with special guests, and meet and greets with some of your WSFF favorites. Enjoy free WiFi and a comfortable setting to meet, connect, and network. (And enjoy a glass of our local wine!)
Plus, join us live on 89.5 FM starting with the opening reception. And we are streaming live on the WSFF FB page: facebook.com/WildScenicFilms/ 


Speakers
avatar for Elisa Parker

Elisa Parker

Co-Founder, See Jane Do


Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm
Nevada City Winery 321 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

9:00am

EnviroFair
Sponsored by California Solar Electric Company. Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to work with many amazing organizations that are devoted to protecting the earth and its inhabitants and creating sustainability for all. Large and small, hometown groups and ones with international scope, you’ll find them here! We host our annual EnviroFair to let all of these important organizations showcase their work and inform us about how we can engage in a meaningful way. Find us on York Street in Nevada City, between Commercial and Broad Streets.
Have something to say about the films you are seeing at the fest? Be sure to check out Sidewalk Talks, set up on York Street (also in SAEL School) Saturday 11am-3pm and Sunday 9am-11am https://www.sidewalk-talk.org/
Weather permitting.
Learn more and get involved at the Wild & Scenic EnviroFair!


Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm
York Street York St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

9:30am

StoryShift: Moving Away from Extractive Storytelling
StoryShift is an interactive discussion forum to explore the ways we can move away from extractive storytelling and toward a more collaborative and community-informed model. This session will offer a case study of Mossville: When Great Trees Fall as a catalyst for an interactive workshop focused on accountable filmmaking practices. Featuring Alex Glustrom (Director) and Daniel Bennett (Producer) of Mossville and Hannah Hearn, Impact Coordinator at Working Films.

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Glustrom

Alex Glustrom

Director, Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
avatar for Hannah Hearn

Hannah Hearn

Impact Coordinator, Working Films



Saturday January 18, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

9:30am

SATURDAY MORNING KIDS FILMS: Land without Evil | Exploring Soundscapes - Sequoia & Kings Canyon | Son's Gonna Rise | Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy | Remember | Blooming Culture | Wisconsin Wetlands Association's Watershed Whiteboard Animation | There's
Saturday Morning, Del Oro Theatre

Land without Evil
Katalin Egely | 2017 | 4 min
Throughout history, people have always been searching for a perfect place. This short film, based on Guaraní mythology (Tierra sin mal), offers another point of view on paradise: what is the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?

Exploring Soundscapes - Sequoia & Kings Canyon
Steven M. Bumgardner | 2019 | 9 min
The dramatic landscape of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity - rugged foothills, deep canyons, towering mountains, and the world's largest trees. Weather varies by season and elevation, ranging from 1,300 to over 14,000 feet. With this diverse landscape comes a wide variety of natural sounds. Explore and enjoy the unique soundscapes of these magnificent parks!

Son's Gonna Rise
Anthill Films | 2019 | 5 min
Like father, like son. Son's Gonna Rise is a piece celebrating the special relationship between fathers and sons everywhere. This short film highlights the especially unique relationship between CLIF Athlete Andrew Shandro and his son, Ethan Shandro that revolves around many things, most notably their shared love for mountain biking and the challenges and successes you experience as a professional athlete.

Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy
Brian Lewis | 2019 | 11 min
With an endless supply of fruit snacks, plenty of extra underwear, and a pile of old photographs, two parents set out to retrace the route of an old adventure, this time with a two-year-old in tow, hoping to inspire the next generation to care about wild places.

Remember
Chloe Chin, Tessa Chin, Ka'imi Kaleleiki | 2019 | 3 min
In this short theatrical film, three generations of women reflect on the beauty of their island home and the changes they see taking place in their natural environment.

Blooming Culture: The Story of a Canoe and the Confluence of Cultures
Avery Caudill | 2018 | 9 min
Fourth-grade students from Palouse Prairie Charter School (PPCS) in Idaho share their experience building Blooming Culture, a canoe that combines European and Indigenous styles. Students and traditional canoe families paddle together to acknowledge the colonization of indigenous peoples and celebrate our hopes for a continued confluence of cultures. Avery Caudill is a PPCS graduate and made this film in his transition from high school to college.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association's Watershed Whiteboard Animation
Bob Trondson, Katie Beilfuss, Truscribe Animation, Emma Salisbury | 2019 | 4 min
This 3-minute whiteboard animation from Clouds North Films and Wisconsin Wetlands Association provides viewers with the 411 on how watershed health is critical to wetland health, and thereby our community's health. Both lively and informational, this whiteboard animation gives us the big picture to wetland sustainability.

There's Something in the Water
Rory WT, Shannon S. Wynne, Stephanie M. Casey, Daniel Villanueva | 2018 | 8 min
"There's two kinds of lakes in the South: them that's got Giant Salvinia and them that's about to have Giant Salvinia." Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, but its delicate eco-system is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable invasive species of floating fern: Giant Salvinia. There's Something in the Water is an 8-minute animated documentary featuring interviews with people who live and work on the lake, demonstrating the damage that has been caused, and how everyone can work together to try and fix it.

Daniel: A Cyclist with TBI Making a Difference
Anthony Cupaiuolo, First Tracks Productions | 2018 | 5 min
Every day (and, we mean every day) you can see Daniel riding his bike along Highway 50. And, while he's out there, he's picking up trash and doing his part to make the Lake Tahoe area better for everyone. That is an amazing story in and of itself. But it is even more incredible when you learn that Daniel nearly died as a child from a fall and was in a coma for 8 months, and although he still suffers from traumatic brain injury (TBI), that hasn't stopped him from making a difference.

No Palm Oil
Honor Giardini, YES Charter Academy | 2019 | 5 min
Grown out of a 6th grade science project, No Palm Oil tells of the impact of palm oil on our planet and what can we do about it.

The Gardenator Challenge
Arnie Lerner, Carmen Silva, Scott Mayeda, Kevin King, Kelly Parker | 2019 | 12 min
This film depicts the prowess of sixth-grade students who have been gardening, cooking, and composting at their public school since Kindergarten. Using a competition format, they are challenged to source ingredients from their school garden, interpret provided recipes, and cook a meal to be judged by a renowned farm-to-table chef. Included are capsule lessons from this inspiring program, called The Sage Garden Project.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Lewis

Brian Lewis

Director, Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy
avatar for Pamela Lewis

Pamela Lewis

Featured, Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy
avatar for Kaiya Lewis

Kaiya Lewis

Featured, Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy
avatar for Tessa Chin

Tessa Chin

Filmmaker, Remember
avatar for Ka'imi Kaleleiki

Ka'imi Kaleleiki

Filmmaker, Remember
avatar for Chloe Chin

Chloe Chin

Filmmaker, Remember
avatar for Honor Giardini

Honor Giardini

Writer, Director, No Palm Oil
avatar for Elizabeth Ergo

Elizabeth Ergo

Featured, No Palm Oil
avatar for Dawn Mayeda

Dawn Mayeda

Associate Producer, Featured, Program Director, The Gardenator Challenge



Saturday January 18, 2020 9:30am - 11:30am
Del Oro Theatre 165 Mill St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

9:30am

Exploring Soundscapes - Sequoia & Kings Canyon | Insect Guardian | Sniper | The King's Keeper | Ay Mariposa
Saturday Morning, Nevada Theatre

Exploring Soundscapes - Sequoia & Kings Canyon
Steven M. Bumgardner | 2019 | 9 min
The dramatic landscape of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity - rugged foothills, deep canyons, towering mountains, and the world's largest trees. Weather varies by season and elevation, ranging from 1,300 to over 14,000 feet. With this diverse landscape comes a wide variety of natural sounds. Explore and enjoy the unique soundscapes of these magnificent parks!

Insect Guardian
Tim Visser, Sander van Iersel | 2018 | 6 min
82-year-old Willem bought a remote potato farm field back in 1980 and transformed it into a butterfly paradise. For almost 40 years, he has worked the land with shovel and scythe in order to preserve the butterflies. Willem's paradise has become one of the most important habitats in the region for these fluttering beauties. But due to an overload of nitrogen in the air, Willem's flower-rich butterfly paradise gets slowly driven away by a monoculture of grass. Butterflies that used to be common just a few decades ago are rare these days or have completely disappeared.

Sniper
Karthic SS | 2018 | 13 min
In New Zealand, Yellow-eyed Penguin numbers have dwindled. Finding these penguins in the dense bush to monitor and conserve the population is tricky. But former ranger Leith Thomson has a way - Sniper. She is one of the 80 certified Conservation Dogs in New Zealand. Now every penguin counts, and Sniper is on an adventure to protect these critically endangered birds

The King's Keeper
Thomas Rowell | 2018 | 12 min
Prahlad lives at a place where "we work for elephants." Gajraj, a seventy year old tusker who's name means "king of elephants" spent fifty years of his life in chains. When Prahlad first saw Gajraj come out of the rescue vehicle and step into the Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Prahlad says "I had my heart set on him."

Ay Mariposa
Krista Schlyer, Jenny Nichols, Morgan Heim | 2019 | 57 min
This is the story of La Mariposa, Zulema, and Marianna–three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. Ay Mariposa delves into the motivations that underlie their opposition and actions, and the surprising ties that bind them all together. This film is a single symbolic tale of all that is being lost in the rush to build border barriers along the 2,000-mile meeting place of the United States and Mexico.

Session sponsored by Sherry Bartolucci

Speakers
avatar for Steven M. Bumgardner

Steven M. Bumgardner

Producer, Director, Exploring Soundscapes, Meadows - Yosemite Nature Notes
avatar for Jenny Nichols

Jenny Nichols

Filmmaker, Ay Mariposa



Saturday January 18, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

9:30am

If You Can Hear My Voice: The Fight to Ban Chlorpyrifos | Right to Harm
Saturday Morning, SAEL School

If You Can Hear My Voice: The Fight to Ban Chlorpyrifos
Martin do Nascimento, Chris Jordan-Bloch | 2019 | 8 min
Claudia Angulo's son was born with developmental delays after she was exposed to chlorpyrifos during her pregnancy. Now, she's fighting for a ban on the pesticide. "If we want things to change, we have to work together," Angulo says. "Don't stay silent. Don't just sit around at home. Stand up and make your voices heard."

Right to Harm
Matt Wechsler, Annie Speicher, Hourglass Films | 2019 | 75 min
Told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities, Right to Harm is an exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States. When pushed to their limit, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.

Speakers
avatar for Martin do Nascimento

Martin do Nascimento

Director, Editor, If You Can Hear My Voice: The Fight to Ban Chlorpyrifos



9:30am

Where Life Begins | The Man of the Trees | Matsutake Hunters | All That Remains | Lowland Kids
Saturday Morning, Miners Foundry Stone Hall

Where Life Begins
Katie Schuler, Coral & Oak Studios, The Wilderness Society | 2019 | 10 min
Along the Arctic Coast, at the northmost point on American soil, we explore the inseparable bond between mother and child, the sacred and fragile moments after birth, and the importance of protecting the place Where Life Begins.

The Man of the Trees
Andrea Trivero | 2018 | 19 min
A portrait of Daniel Balima, a horticulturist from Tenkodogo, a small town in Burkina Faso. Daniel contracted Polio as a child and despite losing the ability to use his legs, followed his father around the family nursery on his hands. Through his 50+ years of work and over one million trees sown, he has nurtured a relationship of intimacy and reciprocity with the plants, and shares the abundance of his garden with community members in need.

Matsutake Hunters
Shannon Walsh | 2019 | 18 min
The forest holds many mysteries. We follow some unique foragers as they hunt for the elusive and highly prized Japanese Matsutake mushroom, also known as the Pine Mushroom, in Northern British Columbia. Surprisingly, it is on formerly logged, second-growth forests that the rare Matsutake flourish. Because of their high value in Japan, a unique human and non-human ecosystem, and economy, have emerged in Northern Canada.

All That Remains
Eva Rendle | 2019 | 20 min
A year after deadly wildfires ravaged Northern California's Wine Country, its vulnerable population of farmworkers, many of them undocumented, find themselves in a heightened state of insecurity and inequality. All That Remains is a portrait of the second responders and vineyard workers who are still dealing with the aftermath of the fires, long after the media has turned away.

Lowland Kids
Sandra Winther, William Crouse | 2019 | 22 min
The filming of Lowland Kids began as an adventure. A trip down to Isle de Jean Charles to experience this magical place before it's gone. I had heard many stories about this sinking island and America's first climate refugees - many of which pitted the islanders against each other - those who want to stay vs. those who want to go. But when our small crew arrived on Isle de Jean Charles we discovered a different truth: No one here wants to leave. Every family on the island would spend the rest of their life here, if they had the choice.


10:00am

Hammer Dam | Spawning Hope | Hat Creek: A Wild Trout Legacy | Last Call For The Bayou Episode 2: Mud, Sweat & Fears | Into the Black | Herd Impact
Saturday Morning, Fellowship Hall

Hammer Dam
Matthew Ritenour, Jesse Dizard, The Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology | 2019 | 8 min
Harold Hammer lives on his remote property in Northern California. When the Department of Fish and Wildlife discover his homemade dam used for hydropower, he has to decide if he wants to disrupt his way of life on the chance that removing his dam will increase salmon spawning habitat.

Spawning Hope
Roshan Patel | 2019 | 10 min
Coral biologists are concerned about the genetic health of many endangered coral. Spawning Hope follows a team of scientists as they attempt to use cryopreserved coral sperm to introduce coral DNA to new populations of elkhorn coral. If this technique works, it could have lasting impacts on how conservationists are able to protect and restore endangered corals from near extinction.

Hat Creek: A Wild Trout Legacy
Michael Wier | 2018 | 14 min
Back in 1971, when Caltrout was formed, the Hat Creek project demonstrated that an organization of passionate anglers could come together to restore a stream and bring back an iconic fishery. More than that though, a new concept for wild trout management was embraced - the idea that we can do without hatchery fish, that the ethic of catch and release is good for fish and anglers alike, and the idea that having a controlled set of regulations focused on wild trout could be successful.

Last Call For The Bayou Episode 2: Mud, Sweat & Fears
Dominic Gill, Nadia Gill, Encompass Films | 2019 | 11 min
Dr. Alex Kolker is the face of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, one of the premier research institutes working to understand the mechanisms and impacts of coastal land loss. He has spent the last decade studying subsidence and sea-level rise in an effort to understand whether or not restoration will be sufficient to stem the loss of land. In this episode of the 5-part Last Call for the Bayouseries, Dr. Kolker walks us through the current restoration projects and shows how New Orleans sinking and the state has a plan to save the coast.

Into the Black
Kenzie Greer | 2019 | 20 min
Many of the ecosystems in Alabama and throughout the southeast evolved with fire. Human ignited "prescribed fire", also known as controlled burns, are an essential technique to mimic this natural process to maintain and restore critical habitats. With an ever growing population and extensive efforts to restore large areas of native habitats such as longleaf pine, partnerships are critical to provide the capacity necessary to implement fire on the scale needed to accomplish these objectives.

Herd Impact
Peter Byck, Paula and Jim Crown, Carbon Nation | 2018 | 23 min
North Texas couple, Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell, let nature dictate how they graze their cattle. They are having tremendous success in regenerating their land and their lives; providing a healthy habitat for migratory birds while raising one of the largest herds of cattle in Texas.

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Bratcher

Tricia Bratcher

Featured, Hammer Dam
avatar for Dominic Gill

Dominic Gill

Director, Last Call For The Bayou
avatar for Nadia Gill

Nadia Gill

Producer, Last Call For The Bayou
avatar for Roshan Patel

Roshan Patel

Producer, Director, Spawning Hope
avatar for Peter Byck

Peter Byck

Director, Herd Impact
avatar for Kenzie Greer

Kenzie Greer

Director, Into the Black



10:00am

The Shepherdess | Who's Your Farmer? | Follow the Drinking Gourd
Saturday Morning, NC Oddfellows

The Shepherdess
Katie Falkenberg | 2019 | 6 min
A Navajo shepherdess perseveres despite extreme drought in this poetic short film about a rapidly vanishing way of life. "We didn't even go up the mountain because there's no water," she recounts. "Hardships are just lessons and challenges in life and you just can't dwell on it, you have to live through it."

Who's Your Farmer?
Jess Lingle | 2018 | 14 min
Farming is a practice that impacts our health, our environment, our communities and our world. Knowing from where our food really comes and how safely it is grown is becoming increasingly difficult. This film explores farming in Alabama through the eyes of local farmers all across the state that care about the land, the water, and the people they feed.

Follow the Drinking Gourd
Shirah Dedman, Anka Karewicz, Dennis Terry | 2019 | 61 min
Produced by Liberated Lens, an Oakland based social justice film collective, Follow the Drinking Gourd is a family-friendly, funny, and moving feature documentary that connects the legacy of slavery, capitalism, and climate change to our fight for food security. It features many of the movement's major players, including Leah Penniman (author of "Farming While Black"), Naima Penniman (of Climbing Poetree), Chanowk Yisrael (founder of Yisrael Family Urban Farm), stic.man (of hip hop duo, dead prez; founder of RBG Fit Club), and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jess Lingle

Jess Lingle

Director, Who's Your Farmer?
avatar for Erin Turney

Erin Turney

Cinematographer, Follow the Drinking Gourd
avatar for Anka Karewicz

Anka Karewicz

Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Follow the Drinking Gourd



Saturday January 18, 2020 10:00am - 12:15pm
Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall 212 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

10:00am

There's Something in the Water | Sonora Rising - A story of water, wheat, and life in the Tucson desert | From Camel to Cup | Sustainable Nation: Caring for a Water-Starved World
Saturday Morning, GV Elks Lodge

There's Something in the Water
Rory WT, Shannon S. Wynne, Stephanie M. Casey, Daniel Villanueva | 2018 | 8 min
"There's two kinds of lakes in the South: them that's got Giant Salvinia and them that's about to have Giant Salvinia." Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, but its delicate eco-system is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable invasive species of floating fern: Giant Salvinia. There's Something in the Water is an 8-minute animated documentary featuring interviews with people who live and work on the lake, demonstrating the damage that has been caused, and how everyone can work together to try and fix it.

Sonora Rising - A story of water, wheat, and life in the Tucson desert
Sinjin Eberle, American Rivers | 2019 | 11 min

Water and wheat - foundations of life for millennia across the American Southwest. The Colorado River water flows more than 300 miles across Arizona to quench the thirsts of four million people to sustain their food, economy, and livelihoods. We explore three Tucson visionaries who are creating and growing the circular economy of water in the arid Sonoran desert.

From Camel to Cup
Nicky Milne, Jim Bishop, Jeong-One Park | 2019 | 15 min
In 2017, Kenya declared drought a national disaster and in early 2019 announced it had allocated 2 billion shillings, about $20 million, to respond. Extreme weather has pushed wandering nomads to bank on camels - and their milk - as a drought-safe investment with Kenya, now the world's second largest producer of camel milk after neighboring Somalia. Camels are highly adapted to climate change, while their milk has been dubbed "white gold" by food experts who say it could help conquer malnutrition.

Sustainable Nation: Caring for a Water-Starved World
Micah Smith, Rebecca Shore, Imagination Productions | 2018 | 60 min
In a world where clean water is everything, Sustainable Nation follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet, and shows how solving global water issues is not only a matter of life and death, it's the start of healing the world.

Speakers
avatar for Sinjin Eberle

Sinjin Eberle

Director, Sonora Rising – A story of water, wheat, and life in the Tucson desert



Saturday January 18, 2020 10:00am - 12:15pm
Grass Valley Elks Lodge 109 S School St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

10:00am

Virtual Reality Lounge
Journey into the memories of a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed and survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima, glide amongst the Canadian Rockies on untamed ice first-hand with figure skater Laura Kottlowski, and immerse yourself in the sounds of Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America, with acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton. These three unique Virtual Reality experiences - The Atomic TreeTo Return, and Sanctuaries of Silence - will transport you to remote corners of the globe without having to leave your seat.

Join filmmakers Laura Kottlowski and Devin Tellatin from 11am-12pm to learn about the films and have an opportunity to ask questions!


The Atomic Tree VR
Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | 2019 | 10 min
Journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world - a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed - and survived - the atomic blast in Hiroshima. From Japan's ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, this Virtual Reality experience explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree. The delicate shape of this bonsai contains sacred forests, human family, and deep time, inviting us to reflect on the living strands of kinship that are woven between human and non-human worlds.

To Return
Laura Kottlowski | 2019 | 6 min
For figure skater Laura Kottlowski, exploring and skating on wild ice is like returning to gold—a state of innocence, curiosity, and humility as well as the roots of figure skating. Through her lens and a poetic narrative you’ll experience the multi-sensory joy and curiosities of untamed ice first-hand.

Sanctuaries of Silence VR
Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | 2017 | 8 min
Silence just might be on the verge of extinction and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. In the Virtual Reality experience Sanctuaries of Silence, join Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.

Speakers
avatar for Devin Tellatin

Devin Tellatin

Producer, The Atomic Tree; Sanctuaries of Silence
avatar for Laura Kottlowski

Laura Kottlowski

To Return VR (Director), Deer 139 (Art Director, Designer, Animator)



Saturday January 18, 2020 10:00am - 1:00pm
KVMR 120 Bridge St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

10:30am

Daniel: A Cyclist with TBI Making a Difference | Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco | I am Public Lands | Ghosts of the Mountains | A Concerned Citizen: Civics in Action
Saturday Morning, Vets Hall

Daniel: A Cyclist with TBI Making a Difference
Anthony Cupaiuolo, First Tracks Productions | 2018 | 5 min
Every day (and, we mean every day) you can see Daniel riding his bike along Highway 50. And, while he's out there, he's picking up trash and doing his part to make the Lake Tahoe area better for everyone. That is an amazing story in and of itself. But it is even more incredible when you learn that Daniel nearly died as a child from a fall and was in a coma for 8 months, and although he still suffers from traumatic brain injury (TBI), that hasn't stopped him from making a difference.

Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco
Kristin Tieche | 2019 | 8 min
Bayview-Hunters Point in Southeast San Francisco has been on the front lines of the environmental justice movement since the 1940s. This short documentary film follows three environmental youth leaders who are changing the world, starting with their own neighborhood.

I am Public Lands
Chad Brown | 2019 | 26 min
Being a veteran who continues to battle with frequent PTSD is exhausting; so Soul River Inc. is bringing both diverse youth and veterans into the natural resource conversations centered around environmental challenges. Soul River youth of diverse backgrounds learn at an early age that they can form their own opinions about public land, while escaping the city for a long weekend in the wild Ochoco mountains.

Ghosts of the Mountains
John Antonelli, Will Parrinello, Matt Yamashita | 2019 | 7 min
Bayarjargal Agvaantseren helped create the 1.8 million-acre Tost Tosonbumba Nature Reserve in Mongolia's South Gobi Desert—a critical habitat for the vulnerable snow leopard. Then she succeeded in persuading the Mongolian government to cancel all 37 mining licenses within the reserve. An unprecedented victory for the snow leopard, as of June 2018 there are no active mines within the reserve—and all mining operations are illegal. For her activism, Bayara was recognized with the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia.

A Concerned Citizen: Civics in Action
Bo Boudart | 2019 | 40 min
Dr. Riki Ott is a citizen activist who came to the aid of her Alaskan community following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. After the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf and in the Kalamazoo River, she took the lessons she learned as an activist and developed Ultimate Civics, a national civics curriculum that empowers students to participate in their democracy.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Tieche

Kristin Tieche

Producer, Director, Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco
avatar for Chad Brown

Chad Brown

I am Public Lands (Director), Sanctuary (Featured)
avatar for Nicole C. Scott

Nicole C. Scott

Digital Strategist, A Concerned Citizen: Civics in Action



Saturday January 18, 2020 10:30am - 12:45pm
Nevada City Veterans Memorial 415 N Pine St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

10:30am

Detroit Hives | The Fight for Flight | Wild Possibilities | Rewilding a Mountain | Take Back the Harbor
Saturday Morning, Gold Miners Inn

Detroit Hives
Palmer Morse, Rachel Weinberg, Matthew Mikkelsen, Spruce Tone Films | 2019 | 6 min
East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots with well over 90,000 empty lots to date. In an effort to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. Detroit Hives explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time.

The Fight for Flight
Jason Whalen, Chris Zuker | 2018 | 16 min

Each year, millions of birds migrate through the Great Lakes. The Fight for Flight highlights this natural phenomenon and the stories of people who interact with these birds. As technology progresses, we are learning more about our impact during migration. The film shows the research, rehabilitation, and conservation involved in understanding and protecting this epic journey.

Wild Possibilities
Brady Holden, Jen Newlin, Catherine Waterston, Holden Films | 2018 | 12 min
This film highlights unique conservation efforts of five different land trusts in Oregon to help show and explain their value to their local communities.

Rewilding a Mountain
Trip Jennings, Sara Quinn, William Ripple, Balance Media | 2019 | 27 min

The sagebrush sea is a landscape of stark beauty and captivating wildlife, yet rapid desertification and extractive industries threaten this vast basin. But at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in Southeastern Oregon, a different story unfolds. New aspen explode alongside thriving creeks, migratory birds travel thousands of miles to nest in willow branches, and endangered sage grouse are recovering in the uplands. Rewilding a Mountain unravels an unsettling controversy that challenged the core identity of the West and follows a team of scientists who ask the question: what happened here?

Take Back the Harbor
Kristi Jacobson, Roger Ross Williams | 2018 | 40 min
On New York's Governors Island, an unprecedented program has an ambitious goal: to restore once-bountiful oysters and the environmental benefits they bring to New York Harbor. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams, Take Back the Harbor highlights inspiring teenage students and their teachers at The Harbor School, a remarkable public high school that teaches conservation and leadership of the waterways - including SCUBA diving, raising oyster larvae, operating and maintaining vessels, alongside math and English.

Speakers
avatar for Palmer Morse

Palmer Morse

Co-Director, Venture Out, Detroit Hives
avatar for Trip Jennings

Trip Jennings

Director, Director of Photography, Rewilding a Mountain, Pebble Redux
avatar for Sara Quinn

Sara Quinn

Editor, Second Camera, Rewilding a Mountain, Pebble Redux



Saturday January 18, 2020 10:30am - 12:45pm
Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

10:30am

Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, the Amazon and the Climate | The New Environmentalists - From Liberia to Mongolia | The Undamaged
Saturday Morning, Miners Foundry Osborn/Woods

Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, the Amazon and the Climate
Osprey Orielle Lake, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, Teena Pugliese | 2019 | 4 min
The Amazon Rainforest and Brazil's Indigenous peoples are under increasing attack with President Bolsonaro and his regime's devastating assaults on social and environmental protections. Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International organized travels in New York for Sônia Bone Guajajara, a prominent Indigenous leader, to denounce Bolsonaro's assaults, and to advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the climate, and the protection of the Amazon.

The New Environmentalists - From Liberia to Mongolia
John Antonelli, Will Parrinello, Matt Yamashita | 2019 | 39 min
The New Environmentalists share a common goal - safeguarding the Earth's natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is the latest in the Mill Valley Film Group's Emmy Award-winning series featuring inspiring portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm's way to battle intimidating adversaries while building strong grassroots support. Narrated by Robert Redford, The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.

The Undamaged
Rožle Bregar, Matič Oblak, Miha Avguštin | 2018 | 51 min
Follow Balkan Rivers Tour, a crew of whitewater kayakers, filmmakers, photographers and friends who decided to stand up for the rivers. They travel from Slovenia to Albania for 36 days, kayaking 23 rivers in 6 countries to protest the dams and show the world the secret, wild rivers of the Balkans. The Undamaged honors everyday people and local activists who are fighting to defend rivers and aims to spread the word of their plight.

Speakers
avatar for Maya Pisciotto

Maya Pisciotto

Second Camera, Sound Recordist, Additional Editing, The New Environmentalists - From Liberia to Mongolia
avatar for Fabián Aguirre

Fabián Aguirre

Director of Photography, The New Environmentalists - From Liberia to Mongolia
avatar for Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake

Writer and Director, Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, the Amazon and the Climate
avatar for Lindsey Freedman

Lindsey Freedman

Goldman Environmental Prize Program Officer, The New Environmentalists - From Liberia to Mongolia



11:30am

How Citizen Science Works For All: Benefits, Impacts, and Opportunities
Incorporating citizen scientists into research where only trained scientists were previously believed to be qualified is a growing trend. The immense body of data being generated by citizen-based efforts is proof that citizen participation increases the amount of data collected with similar accuracy to that of a trained scientist. This panel discussion – featuring SYRCL scientists, local community members, and Earthwatch Institute - will center on how citizen scientists increase the capacity of research and monitoring projects both locally and across the world.

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Hutchinson

Rachel Hutchinson

River Science Director, South Yuba River Citizens League

Speakers
avatar for Hazel Goode

Hazel Goode

Student, Forest Charter School
avatar for Dr. Mark Chandler

Dr. Mark Chandler

Earthwatch Director of Research Initiatives, EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
avatar for Sol Henson

Sol Henson

Education Program Director, Sierra Streams Institute



Saturday January 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

12:00pm

Live Drawing & Beer Sampling with Obi Kaufmann
Poet, painter, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of the natural world, forming a uniquely elemental narrative based on the shaping forces of earth, air, fire, and water. His beautiful work is an inspiration for our 2020 Festival theme: (Re)generation and graces our 2020 Official Festival poster. Watch Obi at work and sample some beer at Gallery 125, 421 Broad Street, Nevada City on Saturday, January 18, 12 - 3pm. Sponsored by our National Partner Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the resulting work will be available for purchase in our Auction, closing at 7pm in the Miners Foundry. Must be 21 to sample beer.


Saturday January 18, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Gallery 125 421 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959

12:30pm

Reading and Book Signing with Tim Palmer
Join America's Great Mountain Trails author and photographer Tim Palmer for a reading from his latest book showcasing scenes of mountain grandeur. Tim will also have copies of other books he has written and photographed, including Field Guide to California RiversRivers of CaliforniaAmerica's Great River Journeys, and Wild and Scenic Rivers: an American Legacy. Copies will be for sale and Tim will be available for signing.
 
Praise for America’s Great Mountain Trails:
"Tim Palmer has set a whole new standard for guidebooks to the natural world. His tips about where to go are backed by intimate knowledge of nature and woven into a photo book of dazzling proportions. I'm adding it to my set of the finest guides to America's outdoors."  
John Muir Laws, author of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

Speakers
avatar for Tim Palmer

Tim Palmer

Author, Photographer, America's Great Mountain Trails


Saturday January 18, 2020 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Nevada City Winery 321 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

12:30pm

Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA | Dulce | Motherfish | Homecoming - A Boundary Waters Story | Last Call For The Bayou
Saturday Midday, Miners Foundry Stone Hall

Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
Kevin White, David Donnenfield, Full Frame Productions | 2019 | 6 min
This short film illustrates how the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians are uniquely positioned through their long history and traditional practices and values to be an important partner with Sonoma Marine Protected Areas in the recovery of our coastal resources.

Dulce
Guille Isa, Angello Faccini | 2018 | 11 min
On Colombia's Pacific Coast, a mother teaches her daughter, Dulce, how to swim. It is an essential skill in this remote region, where livelihoods are made on the sea and where rising tides, made worse by climate change, have swept entire villages away in recent years. Overcoming her fear of the water is just one element of Dulce's budding awareness of her natural and cultural surroundings.

Motherfish
Rusty Grim, Theo Parkinson, Amy Rosko, Fletcher Hukari, Owen Jones | 2019 | 11 min
Through a mother's spoken-word thoughts on the meaning that fishing has brought to the lives of her son and his best friend, Motherfish isn't about catching fish - it is a quiet celebration of the lost art of patience, and how a mother can help bring meaning to her children's lives by enabling adventure.

Homecoming - A Boundary Waters Story
Joe Fairbanks | 2019 | 8 min
Joe Fairbanks was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. In Homecoming, he travels through the waters where he learned to paddle as a boy. Today, these are some of America's most endangered waters. Joe reflects on his battle with cancer and draws on connections

Last Call For The Bayou
Dominic Gill, Nadia Gill, Encompass Films | 2019 | 53 min
Louisiana’s delta is a veritable bounty of rich estuarine life, but it is disappearing fast. The erosion of Louisiana’s wetlands is one of the greatest environmental threats the US faces today. This 5-part series chronicles the lives of individuals who are experiencing that loss in the deepest parts of the Bayou. Through them, we learn that Louisiana is the canary in a coal mine for the coastal land loss that will happen worldwide and what the Bayou means to the people who live there, as we watch them wrestle with the survival of their home.

Session sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

Speakers
avatar for Kevin White

Kevin White

Director, Producer, Writer, Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
avatar for Chris Elliot

Chris Elliot

Featured, Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
avatar for Ester Stra

Ester Stra

Featured, Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
avatar for Hannah Banuelos

Hannah Banuelos

Featured, Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
avatar for Rusty Grim

Rusty Grim

Director, Editor, Motherfish
avatar for Theo Parkinson

Theo Parkinson

Writer, Talent, Co-creator, Motherfish
avatar for Joe Fairbanks

Joe Fairbanks

Director, Homecoming - A Boundary Waters Story
avatar for Dominic Gill

Dominic Gill

Director, Last Call For The Bayou
avatar for Nadia Gill

Nadia Gill

Producer, Last Call For The Bayou



12:30pm

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa | Tigerland
Saturday Midday, Nevada Theatre

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
Sarah Joseph, National Geographic Society | 2019 | 12min
For 15 years, Mozambique was engulfed in a brutal civil war that devastated human and wildlife populations alike. Now, in part by focusing on empowering and educating women, Gorongosa National Park has become a model of successful conservation efforts. In this short film, follow elephant expert Dominique Gonçalves as she shares the powerful ways the park is working with local communities and gaining a new generation of brave women rangers and scientists.

Tigerland
Ross Kauffman, Xan Parker, Zara Duffy, Fisher Stevens | 2019 | 91min
In the span of only a handful of generations, the tiger has been transformed from a venerated creature with a role in our cultural consciousness into a major source of revenue—and the population of wild tigers in Asia has dropped from over one hundred thousand to less than four thousand. Tigerland illustrates how shifting political realities in Russia and India created a lucrative poaching underworld that decimated the tiger population, and how one Russian scientist and a conservationist family in India fight for the tiger’s survival.


Saturday January 18, 2020 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

12:30pm

L’eau est la Vie (Water is Life): From Standing Rock to the Swamp | The Condor & The Eagle
Saturday Midday, SAEL School

L’eau est la Vie (Water is Life): From Standing Rock to the Swamp
Sam Vinal, Melissa Cox, A Mutual Aid Media Production | 2019 | 24min
On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight-to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

The Condor & The Eagle
Sophie Guerra, Clement Guerra | 2019 | 82min
Four Indigenous environmental leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian plains to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of "Climate Justice." The Condor & The Eagle offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film's four protagonists learn from each other's long legacies of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy. Their path through the jungle takes them on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and one another.


1:00pm

Environmental Protection through the lens of (JEDI) Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
José González, Teresa Baker, Alejandro Lozano, Michael Estrada, Scott Briscoe, and Faith Briggs are moving the DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) conversation into action. The discussion around diversity and inclusion in outdoor spaces is ever-evolving, and the work needs to catch up. How do we, as an active audience on environmental protection, move forward collectively in the work that is urgently needed?

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Parra

Leslie Parra

Outreach Program Manager, Save The Redwoods League
avatar for Faith E. Briggs

Faith E. Briggs

Producer, This Land
avatar for Teresa Baker

Teresa Baker

Founder, CEO Diversity Pledge and African American Nature & Parks Experience
avatar for José González

José González

Founder, Latino Outdoors
avatar for Alejandro Lozano

Alejandro Lozano

Ambassador, Latino Outdoors
avatar for Michael Estrada

Michael Estrada

Founder, Brown Environmentalist
avatar for Scott Briscoe

Scott Briscoe

Founder, Executive Director, WeGotNext



Saturday January 18, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

1:00pm

HIKE: Indigenous Walk on Deer Creek *SOLD OUT*
Meet at bench in front of Miners Foundry on Spring Street
Nature and the human spirit are resilient. That is the timeless theme of this unforgettable three-mile walk and talk along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. It’s a place where the local Nisenan thrived before the Gold Rush era decimated the Tribe, the land, the plants, and animals on which they subsisted. Today, nature and the original people continue to hold on. Hiking for Good founder Laura Petersen will lead hikers into forest to learn about the medicinal and edible plants found along the way. At the “Angkula Seo” suspension bridge, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Spokesperson Shelly Covert will share language, song, and stories. Shelly will share about interpretive sites and a Nisenan Garden. Bring water, sturdy walking shoes, and layered clothing (dress for the weather!)

Capacity: 30 people
RSVP required: www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/hikes

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Covert

Shelly Covert

Tribal Spokesperson, Nevada City Rancheria
avatar for Laura Petersen

Laura Petersen

Founder, Hiking for Good


Saturday January 18, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Multi-venues See description for location

1:00pm

A Fistful of Rubbish | The Story of Plastic
Saturday Midday, GV Elks Lodge

A Fistful of Rubbish
David Regos | 2019 | 14 min
Western environmental documentary, A Fistful of Rubbish, is set in the Tabernas Desert in Spain - Europe's only desert. An area famous for being the backdrop of many famous Western films, sadly is being trashed. But now, with the help of some locals, an English ex-pat is forming a posse and taking things into his own hands.

The Story of Plastic
Deia Schlosberg, Stiv Wilson, Megan Ponder, Kyle Cadotte, Tony Hale, Brian Wilson | 2019 | 94 min
Depicting a world rapidly becoming overrun with toxic material, The Story of Plastic brings into focus an alarming, manmade crisis. Striking footage, original animations, and archival material combine in this timely documentary to point to the disastrous impact of the manufacture and use of plastics, shedding new light on a pressing global challenge that threatens the life expectancy of animals, humans, and Earth itself.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Ponder

Megan Ponder

Producer, The Story of Plastic
avatar for Deia Schlosberg

Deia Schlosberg

Producer, Director, The Story of Plastic



Saturday January 18, 2020 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Grass Valley Elks Lodge 109 S School St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

1:00pm

A Healing Journey | A Living River | Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
Saturday Midday, Fellowship Hall

A Healing Journey
Julian Matthews, Lucinda George Simpson, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, Earthjustice, Under Solen Media | 2019 | 15 min
For thousands of years, the Nimiipuu people piloted their canoes along the tumbling waters of the Snake River. But after dams were built and the river choked off, a tradition was lost for over 100 years. Until now.

A Living River
Jon Bowermaster, Oceans 8 Films | 2019 | 23 min
Despite its polluted reputation, the Hudson River is teeming with life. From the tiny Glass Eels to the massive 14 foot long Atlantic Sturgeon, a vital web of life defies decades of oppression. Organizations like Riverkeeper and New York's Department of Environmental Conservation use lessons learned from its past as a bustling commercial fishery to its present as an ecosystem in recovery in order to protect its future.

Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
Jeremy Monroe, David Herasimtschuk | 2019 | 57 min
This film explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America's most biologically rich waters. Hidden Rivers follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region, and reveals both the beauty and vulnerability of these ecosystems.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Nuchols

Emily Nuchols

Executive Producer, Under Solen Media, A Healing Journey
avatar for Julian Matthews

Julian Matthews

Co-Director, Canoe Project, A Healing Journey
avatar for Matthew Kellam

Matthew Kellam

Sound Designer, Recordist, Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
avatar for Jeremy Monroe

Jeremy Monroe

Co-director, Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
avatar for Chris Jordan-Bloch

Chris Jordan-Bloch

Managing Producer, A Healing Journey
avatar for Lucinda Simpson

Lucinda Simpson

Co-Director, Nez Perce Tribal Elder, A Healing Journey
avatar for Louis Ruben

Louis Ruben

Featured, A Healing Journey
avatar for Devin Ruben

Devin Ruben

Featured, A Healing Journey



1:00pm

The River Is Me | Rock-Paper-Fish | Dammed to Extinction
Saturday Midday, NC Oddfellows

The River Is Me
David Freid, Emmy Gyori | 2018 | 17 min
For many years, this river's ownership was under dispute. Now, it owns itself. In what is believed to be a world's first, the Whanganui River has been granted legal personhood, with the same rights and responsibilities as you and me. But determining where a river ends and the rest of nature begins - that may be up for some debate.

Rock-Paper-Fish
Connor Gallagher, Colin Arisman, Wild Confluence, Nomad Island | 2019 | 26 min
Every year, all five species of salmon return to the Chilkat River and sustain the communities of Haines and Klukwan, but now a modern day gold rush is underway in the mountains above the river's headwaters. Rock-Paper-Fish offers a vivid look into the lives of Alaskans grappling with questions as immense as the place they call home.

Dammed to Extinction
Michael Peterson, Steven Hawley | 2019 | 51 min
For eons, salmon-eating killer whales have hunted Chinook along the Pacific Coast. Since 1976, renowned whale scientist Ken Balcomb has closely observed them. He's familiar with a deadly pattern: as salmon numbers plummet, these whales starve. His solution: getting rid of four dams on a key tributary of what once was the largest Chinook producing river on earth.

Speakers
avatar for Connor Gallagher

Connor Gallagher

Co-director, Rock-Paper-Fish
avatar for Steven Hawley

Steven Hawley

Writer, Dammed to Extinction
avatar for Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

Director, Dammed to Extinction



1:30pm

Youth Rise Up: Student Activist Playshop
Grass Valley Elks Lodge, Lower Level
Focused for middle and high school ages, though all young people are welcome.


Local youth activists - current and aspiring - are invited to inspire each other at this interactive forum facilitated by local mentor and activist Xylem Larla Dey. With youth-led movements on the rise worldwide, come together to brainstorm ways to make a change on issues YOU care about. Learn grassroots movement organizing tips, apply theater improv principles to community building, and have the opportunity to make creative pieces to share for the festival and beyond. 


Speakers
avatar for Xylem Larla Day

Xylem Larla Day

Presenter, Youth Rise Up: Student Activist Playshop


Saturday January 18, 2020 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Grass Valley Elks Lodge 109 S School St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

1:30pm

A Walk Through The Land of 1,000 Hills | Horse Rich and Dirt Poor | (Re)Connecting Wild - Restoring Safe Passage | Bears of Durango
Saturday Midday, Vets Hall

A Walk Through The Land of 1,000 Hills
Chema Domenech, Kelly Carpenter, Ian McLeod | 2019 | 11 min
Claver Ntoyinkima, a native park ranger, shares the secrets of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda as he guides us through the forest, one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Twenty-five years after the devastation of the Rwandan Civil War, the park is now one of the best-conserved montane rainforests in Central Africa. As Claver walks through the forest we uncover the origins of his conservation values and the history of an ecosystem that survived one of Rwanda's darkest periods.

Horse Rich and Dirt Poor
Ben Masters, Charles Post | 2019 | 16 min
Wild horses are caught between an incredibly polarized and emotionally charged debate aiming to write their future in the American West. The result of this debate is a legal stalemate causing wild horse numbers to continue rising well beyond unsustainable levels, causing irreversible damage to public lands. Horse Rich and Dirt Poor follows ecologist Charles Post as he explores America's pressing wild horse issue and the affects it has on the surrounding ecosystem.

(Re)Connecting Wild - Restoring Safe Passage
Jake Willers, Alyson Andreasen, NineCaribou Productions, LLC | 2019 | 12 min
This is the remarkable story of the decade-long effort by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and its partners to improve human safety by re-connecting a historic mule deer migration that crosses over both US-93 and I-80 in rural Elko County, Nevada. Witness the wildlife crossing structures along I-80 from construction to the restoration of safe passage for migratory mule deer to more than 1.5 million acres of summer and winter habitat.

Bears of Durango
Dusty Hulet | 2018 | 59 min
Dive headfirst into bear dens with the biologists studying how human development affects bear behavior. In 2011, Colorado Parks and Wildlife initiated a major research effort to address increases in human-black bear conflicts. A team of wildlife researchers led by Dr. Heather Johnson has spent the past six years investigating the factors driving those increases and the effects of expanding human development on bear populations.

Speakers
avatar for Ian McLeod

Ian McLeod

Founder, Lead Composer at Cleod9 Music, Composer for Horse Rich and Dirt Poor & A Walk Through The Land of 1,000 Hills
avatar for Chema Domenech

Chema Domenech

Director, A Walk Through The Land of 1,000 Hills
avatar for Jake Willers

Jake Willers

Director, Cinematographer, (Re)Connecting Wild – Restoring Safe Passage
avatar for Alyson Andreasen

Alyson Andreasen

Associate Producer, (Re)Connecting Wild – Restoring Safe Passage
avatar for Micah Dahl Anderson

Micah Dahl Anderson

Composer, Bears of Durango
avatar for Dusty Hulet

Dusty Hulet

Director, Producer, Bears of Durango



1:30pm

Nigerians Fight to Protect the World's Most Trafficked Mammal | Sea of Shadows
Saturday Midday, Miners Foundry Osborn/Woods

Nigerians Fight to Protect the World's Most Trafficked Mammal
Katie Schuler, Coral & Oak Studios, National Geographic | 2019 | 10 min
Pangolins are believed to be the most trafficked mammals in the world. As the four Asian species of pangolins have dwindled, poachers are increasingly turning to the African species to supply the trade. In this short film, meet the bold Nigerians who are fighting to protect this gentle and vulnerable creature

Sea of Shadows
Richard Ladkani, Wolfgang Knoepfler, Walter Koehle | 2019 | 104 min
When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their methods threaten to destroy all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the Vaquita Porpoise. Sea of Shadows follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists, and undercover agents as they risk their lives to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the international crime syndicate to justice.



1:30pm

Sounds of Survival | EARTHWATCH: Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees | Bare Existence | Deer 139
Saturday Midday, Gold Miners Inn

Sounds of Survival
Katie Garrett | 2018 | 8 min
Deep in the emerald cloud forests of Cusuco National Park of Honduras, scientists are on a quest to record the never-before-heard call of the endangered "exquisite spike-thumb frog" (Plectrohyla exquisita). What ensues is both a delightful portrait of the process of scientific discovery and an inspiring example of the power of sound as a tool for conservation.

EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
Andy Laub | 2019 | 21 min
In the high slopes of the Andorran alpine ecosystem, Earthwatch scientists and volunteers are studying the effects of climate change on plants and wildlife to help manage this increasingly fragile environment. EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees chronicles one day in the life of that research.

Bare Existence
Stept Studios | 2019 | 20 min
A behind the scenes look into the plight of the polar bear, Bare Existence showcases the biologists on the front lines of protecting these species as they battle against the effects of climate change threatening their existence. This film presents a drastic cry for immediate attention and instills the viewer with hope, illuminating present-day efforts for a brighter future.

Deer 139
Morgan Heim, Jayme Dittmar, Samantha Dwinnell, Anya Tyson, Tennessee Watson | 2019 | 55 min
She travels 85 miles of Wyoming backcountry while pregnant. This is Deer 139. Now, a team of women follow her path on foot to understand why deer migrate. As the team of scientists and adventurers experience the wild places that Deer 139 calls home, they unveil the mysteries of long-distance migration and make a case for sustaining intact landscapes.

Session sponsored by Laurie & Phil DesJardins


Speakers
avatar for Scott Kania

Scott Kania

Earthwatch CEO, EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
avatar for Dr. Mark Chandler

Dr. Mark Chandler

Earthwatch Director of Research Initiatives, EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
avatar for Alix Morris

Alix Morris

Earthwatch Director of Communications, EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
avatar for Dianna Bell

Dianna Bell

Earthwatch Multimedia Manager, EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
avatar for Laura Kottlowski

Laura Kottlowski

To Return VR (Director), Deer 139 (Art Director, Designer, Animator)



Saturday January 18, 2020 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

2:30pm

Regenerative Response to Disaster with Permaculture
Matthew Trumm will share his story of using the skills he developed through Permaculture design to help the people and land recover after the deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, CA - from sourcing and deploying materials for erosion and preventing toxic runoff, to creating "Camp Paradise", the world's first mobile permaculture-based disaster response Ecosystem Restoration Camp model. We believe that the Camps model is the best passive and low-cost solution to help restore the Earth, and in the process, restore our humanity. Learn how it was done, how to get involved, and how to create a similar project in your own neck of the woods.

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Trumm

Matthew Trumm

Coordinator, Camp Fire Restoration Project



Saturday January 18, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

3:00pm

Virtual Reality Lounge
Journey into the memories of a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed and survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima, glide amongst the Canadian Rockies on untamed ice first-hand with figure skater Laura Kottlowski, and immerse yourself in the sounds of Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America, with acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton. These three unique Virtual Reality experiences - The Atomic TreeTo Return, and Sanctuaries of Silence - will transport you to remote corners of the globe without having to leave your seat.

Join Devin Tellatin, Producer of The Atomic Tree and Sanctuaries of Silence, from 3-4pm to learn about the films and have an opportunity to ask questions!

The Atomic Tree VR
Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | 2019 | 10 min
Journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world - a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed - and survived - the atomic blast in Hiroshima. From Japan's ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, this Virtual Reality experience explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree. The delicate shape of this bonsai contains sacred forests, human family, and deep time, inviting us to reflect on the living strands of kinship that are woven between human and non-human worlds.

To Return
Laura Kottlowski | 2019 | 6 min
For figure skater Laura Kottlowski, exploring and skating on wild ice is like returning to gold—a state of innocence, curiosity, and humility as well as the roots of figure skating. Through her lens and a poetic narrative you’ll experience the multi-sensory joy and curiosities of untamed ice first-hand.

Sanctuaries of Silence VR
Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | 2017 | 8 min
Silence just might be on the verge of extinction and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. In the Virtual Reality experience Sanctuaries of Silence, join Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.

Speakers
avatar for Devin Tellatin

Devin Tellatin

Producer, The Atomic Tree; Sanctuaries of Silence



Saturday January 18, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
KVMR 120 Bridge St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

3:30pm

FIRESIDE CHAT: A Fireside Conversation with Conservation Filmmaker and Artist, Jenny Nichols
Since co-imagining the production arm of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) in 2008, Jenny has been working to reach beyond the choir with her films.  Bringing stories back from the far reaches of the planet, she thrives on galvanizing support for wildlife and habitat conservation. Recently, she is even more interested in preaching to the choir.  Energizing the community that already cares, is poised to act, and that also needs inspiration. As a Protect Our Winters (POW) Creative Alliance member, Jenny is interested in turning this passion for wildlife conservation into action and encouraging our community to use their voice to vote and get involved.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Nichols

Jenny Nichols

Filmmaker, Ay Mariposa


Saturday January 18, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Golden Era 309 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

3:30pm

Art Stroll, Grass Valley
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Nevada County Arts Council have partnered again to produce a Wild & Scenic Art Show.  Stroll the exhibition venues in downtown Grass Valley:

Gold Miners Inn
Lucchesi Winery Tasting Room

Saturday January 18, 2020 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Multi-venues See description for location

3:30pm

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk | Bayandalai, Lord of the Taiga | Honeyland
Saturday Afternoon, Miners Foundry Stone Hall

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk
Eva Kaukai, Manon Chamberland, Emilie Baillargeon, Wapikoni Mobile | 2019 | 3 min
Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland practice the Inuk art of throat singing in their small village of Kangirsuk. Their mesmerizing voices carry through the four seasons of their Arctic land.

Bayandalai, Lord of the Taiga
Aner Etxebarria, Pablo Vidal, Lara Izagirre | 2018 | 11 min
From inside his yurt deep within the heart of the Taiga, Bayandalai - an elder of the Dukhas tribe - muses about the significance of life and death in the largest forest on Earth. He is the last of the great reindeer herders of the Taiga.

Honeyland
Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska | 2019 | 85 min
Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, Honeyland is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

Session sponsored by Karen & Terry Brown



3:30pm

Where Life Begins | The Man of the Trees | Matsutake Hunters | All That Remains | Lowland Kids
Saturday Afternoon, SAEL School

Where Life Begins
Katie Schuler, Coral & Oak Studios, The Wilderness Society | 2019 | 10 min
Along the Arctic Coast, at the northmost point on American soil, we explore the inseparable bond between mother and child, the sacred and fragile moments after birth, and the importance of protecting the place Where Life Begins.

The Man of the Trees
Andrea Trivero | 2018 | 19 min
A portrait of Daniel Balima, a horticulturist from Tenkodogo, a small town in Burkina Faso. Daniel contracted Polio as a child and despite losing the ability to use his legs, followed his father around the family nursery on his hands. Through his 50+ years of work and over one million trees sown, he has nurtured a relationship of intimacy and reciprocity with the plants, and shares the abundance of his garden with community members in need.

Matsutake Hunters
Shannon Walsh | 2019 | 18 min
The forest holds many mysteries. We follow some unique foragers as they hunt for the elusive and highly prized Japanese Matsutake mushroom, also known as the Pine Mushroom, in Northern British Columbia. Surprisingly, it is on formerly logged, second-growth forests that the rare Matsutake flourish. Because of their high value in Japan, a unique human and non-human ecosystem, and economy, have emerged in Northern Canada.

All That Remains
Eva Rendle | 2019 | 20 min
A year after deadly wildfires ravaged Northern California's Wine Country, its vulnerable population of farmworkers, many of them undocumented, find themselves in a heightened state of insecurity and inequality. All That Remains is a portrait of the second responders and vineyard workers who are still dealing with the aftermath of the fires, long after the media has turned away.

Lowland Kids
Sandra Winther, William Crouse | 2019 | 22 min
The filming of Lowland Kids began as an adventure. A trip down to Isle de Jean Charles to experience this magical place before it's gone. I had heard many stories about this sinking island and America's first climate refugees - many of which pitted the islanders against each other - those who want to stay vs. those who want to go. But when our small crew arrived on Isle de Jean Charles we discovered a different truth: No one here wants to leave. Every family on the island would spend the rest of their life here, if they had the choice.


3:30pm

Whitewater in Peril | A Stone's Throw Away | The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise | A Bird in the Hand | Legacy | The Sacramento, at Current Speed
Saturday Afternoon, Nevada Theatre

Whitewater in Peril
Jeff Litton | 2019 | 3 min
Bear River holds a world-class stretch of whitewater affectionately called "Hair of the Bear." Sadly, this famous stretch of river would be drowned underneath Centennial Reservoir if the proposed new dam is built. There are so many reasons Centennial Dam is terrible for the community, and this film showcases the jaw dropping and hair raising recreation that is at stake.

A Stone's Throw Away
Maxwell Wolff, Jake Smothers, Evan Patrick, Jordan Hill | 2019 | 9 min
Filmmakers Maxwell Wolff and Jake Smothers explore a local Northern California farm and discover a community of people committed to living fulfilling lives outside of the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise
John de Graaf, Doug Stanley, Greg Davis | 2019 | 27 min
Cohousing is a living arrangement providing both privacy and community. This film explores how a Danish model of intentional living has taken root in the US. Photographed by Doug Stanley, of Greatest Catch fame, the film includes insights from architect Charles Durrett and the experiences of cohousing residents in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Davis, and Fair Oaks, California.

A Bird in the Hand
Sarinah Simons, Allison Paules Nelson | 2018 | 5 min
Birds amaze us with flight, song, and beauty, but their abundance in North America has declined by almost a third in the past 50 years. A team of committed volunteers is working together at Empire Mine State Historic Park to understand local songbird populations and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Legacy
Joe Flannery, Tahoe National Forest, Kyle Lancaster, Gigantic Film Co | 2019 | 21 min
150 years ago, Chinese Railroad Workers blasted and chiseled their way through the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains while completing the Transcontinental Railroad. Despite this monumental achievement, the Chinese Railroad Workers' contribution was excluded, ignored, and forgotten from history. Today, grassroots groups are working together to retell the story of these workers' lasting legacy.

The Sacramento, at Current Speed
Tom Bartels, Round House Productions, Mitch Dion | 2019 | 38 min
The Sacramento River is a workhorse, hemmed in by freeways, channelized for agriculture and drinking. But there is a hidden river, where you can launch a boat and float 300 miles to the sea. This is a place of surprising beauty, home to otter, eagle, osprey, and endangered salmon. Can this river be a model for balancing human needs with a natural ecosystem?

Session sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Litton

Jeff Litton

Filmmaker, Whitewater in Peril
avatar for Doug Stanley

Doug Stanley

Photographer, The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise
avatar for Greg Davis

Greg Davis

Editor, The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise
avatar for John de Graaf

John de Graaf

Director, The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise
avatar for Rudy Petschek

Rudy Petschek

Boatman, The Sacramento, at Current Speed
avatar for Mitch Dion

Mitch Dion

Co-Procuder, The Sacramento, at Current Speed
avatar for Tom Bartels

Tom Bartels

Co-Procuder, The Sacramento, at Current Speed
avatar for Maxwell Wolff

Maxwell Wolff

Writer, Director, A Stone's Throw Away
avatar for Jake Smothers

Jake Smothers

Cinematographer,Editor, A Stone's Throw Away
avatar for Kyle Lancaster

Kyle Lancaster

Director of Cinematography, Legacy
avatar for Joe Flannery

Joe Flannery

Director, Producer, Legacy
avatar for Allison R. Nelson

Allison R. Nelson

Gold Country Avian Studies and Empire Mine Bird Monitoring Program Director, A Bird in the Hand
avatar for Sarinah Simons

Sarinah Simons

Director, A Bird in the Hand



Saturday January 18, 2020 3:30pm - 5:45pm
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

4:00pm

Finance for the Greater Good: Socially Responsible Investing
Grandmother used to say, “Put your money where your mouth is.“ As a supporter of SYRCL, you already do this. But did you know there are ways within your investment portfolio to put your money to work and support the causes you believe in? Join us for a presentation on the past, present, and future of socially responsible investing and related environmental issues. The session will be hosted by Scott Beesley, Certified Financial Planner®  at Baird Private Wealth Management. Scott is also a member of the Wild & Scenic Program Committee.

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Beesley

Scott Beesley

Certified Financial Planner®, Baird Private Wealth Management



Saturday January 18, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

4:00pm

Love, Trails, & Dinosaurs | The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating | Positive Forward Motion | Venture Out | Iniskim | When the Tide Goes Out
Saturday Afternoon, NC Oddfellows

Love, Trails, & Dinosaurs
Draft Agency, Alex Oliver, Edy Recendez | 2018 | 8min
This heartwarming film tells the story of the first person with autism to hike every trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Garan Moore. His mother, Theresa, shares their story of a journey for weight loss that developed into a passion for hiking - and 900 miles later...one historic achievement.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey | 2019 | 15 min
When a woman is bedridden with a mysterious pathogen, a forest snail (Neohelix albolabris) takes up residence on her nightstand. Together, woman and snail share a captivating journey of survival and resilience. An intimate and surprising live-action true story, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is adapted from the award-winning memoir of the same title and narrated by Daryl Hannah.

Positive Forward Motion
Chris Gallaway, Jennifer Pharr Davis | 2019 | 14 min
Hiker and endurance athlete, Jennifer Pharr Davis, reflects on the challenges and lessons that life has brought her following her record-setting thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. While spending time alone on the trail, Jen looks back over what she has learned and how she has grown through hiking, becoming a mother, and growing a business.

Venture Out
Palmer Morse, Jamie DiNicola, Matt Mikkelsen | 2020 | 15 min
This is a story of overcoming odds, the power of resilience, and ultimately, the ever-lasting effects of LGBTQ community building. The Venture Out Project, founded by Perry Cohen, is a nonprofit organization that brings LGBTQ folks together outdoors. In sharing Perry's story, and hearing from the other Venture Out Project participants, we get a glimpse into the healing qualities of nature and life-saving community bonds that are being forged as a result of Perry's work.

Iniskim
Daniel Glick, Sarah Clarke, Mariah Ore, Craig Falcon, Lauren Monroe | 2019 | 9 min
Shot on the real-life Blackfeet buffalo drive and inspired by a true story, Iniskim follows a young girl's journey from trauma to recovery. By reconnecting with the ancient power of the buffalo, the timeless landscape of her ancestors, and the wisdom of her culture, her life is changed forever.

When the Tide Goes Out
Eliot Galán, Hillary Hyland | 2019 | 32 min
Following thousands of years of sustainable stewardship by the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, encroaching industry and development polluted their traditional territory surrounding Vancouver to the point that food harvesting had to be banned in 1972. Today, over 45 years later, the Tsleil-Waututh have restored some specific habitats within their territory to safe levels for clam harvesting, both as a means for environmental justice and for the reclamation and rejuvenation of their culture.

Session sponsored by Loren Swift-Merritt & Scott Merritt

Speakers
avatar for Palmer Morse

Palmer Morse

Co-Director, Venture Out, Detroit Hives
avatar for Perry Cohen

Perry Cohen

Executive Director, The Venture Out Project
avatar for Jamie DiNicola

Jamie DiNicola

Co-Director, Venture Out
avatar for Daniel Glick

Daniel Glick

Director, Iniskim
avatar for Hillary Hyland

Hillary Hyland

Procuder, When the Tide Goes Out
avatar for Eliot Galán

Eliot Galán

Director, When the Tide Goes Out



4:00pm

Mi Mamá | The River and the Wall
Saturday Afternoon, GV Elks Lodge

Mi Mamá
Jade Begay, James 'Q' Martin | 2019 | 6 min
Nadia Mercado grew up in a working-class community with her single mother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and three sisters. In this film, Nadia recounts the ways that her mother helped shape the woman she is today: a cardiac nurse, an outdoor athlete, and a woman who is dedicated to helping people of color in the outdoor communities.

The River and the Wall
Ben Masters | 2019 | 110 min
Five friends led by Ben Masters (Unbranded) venture into the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes to document the environment before a wall is built. As the wilderness gives way to the bustling Rio Grande Valley, they encounter the unexpected and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Speakers
avatar for James

James "Q" Martin

Director, Mi Mamá



Saturday January 18, 2020 4:00pm - 6:15pm
Grass Valley Elks Lodge 109 S School St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

4:00pm

The Shepherdess | Who's Your Farmer? | Follow the Drinking Gourd
Saturday Afternoon, Fellowship Hall

The Shepherdess
Katie Falkenberg | 2019 | 6 min
A Navajo shepherdess perseveres despite extreme drought in this poetic short film about a rapidly vanishing way of life. "We didn't even go up the mountain because there's no water," she recounts. "Hardships are just lessons and challenges in life and you just can't dwell on it, you have to live through it."

Who's Your Farmer?
Jess Lingle | 2018 | 14 min
Farming is a practice that impacts our health, our environment, our communities and our world. Knowing from where our food really comes and how safely it is grown is becoming increasingly difficult. This film explores farming in Alabama through the eyes of local farmers all across the state that care about the land, the water, and the people they feed.

Follow the Drinking Gourd
Shirah Dedman, Anna Karewicz, Dennis Terry | 2019 | 61 min
Produced by Liberated Lens, an Oakland based social justice film collective, Follow the Drinking Gourd is a family-friendly, funny, and moving feature documentary that connects the legacy of slavery, capitalism, and climate change to our fight for food security. It features many of the movement's major players, including Leah Penniman (author of "Farming While Black"), Naima Penniman (of Climbing Poetree), Chanowk Yisrael (founder of Yisrael Family Urban Farm), stic.man (of hip hop duo, dead prez; founder of RBG Fit Club), and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jess Lingle

Jess Lingle

Director, Who's Your Farmer?
avatar for Dennis Terry

Dennis Terry

Producer, Camera Operator, Follow the Drinking Gourd
avatar for Robert Benson

Robert Benson

Sound Engineer, Follow the Drinking Gourd
avatar for Erin Turney

Erin Turney

Cinematographer, Follow the Drinking Gourd
avatar for Anka Karewicz

Anka Karewicz

Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Follow the Drinking Gourd



4:30pm

In Celebration of Open Space | Ferryman at the Wall | The Valley
Saturday Afternoon, Gold Miners Inn

In Celebration of Open Space
Tate Yoder, Hannah Webber, Catherine Schmitt, Schoodic Institute | 2019 | 6 min
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park pursues collaborative solutions to critical environmental problems through discovery and learning. In 2018, we worked with organizations and volunteers from Maine, the United States, and more than 19 different countries to enhance our understanding of the land and seascapes of Acadia National Park and surrounding areas. After volunteers spent time outside walking, observing, and recording data, we asked, what does open space mean to you?

Ferryman at the Wall
David Freid | 2017 | 16 min
Originally proposed as an international peace park with Mexico, Big Bend, Texas has a unique relationship with its southern neighbor. For the past 40 years, Mike Davidson has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life - but now, a great big border wall might divide the park.

The Valley
Ron Melmon, Bryan Reinhart, Christopher Johnson | 2018 | 74 min
Ever since its transformation from an over-the-hill mining town to a world class ski resort, Telluride has been a diverse mix of ski bums, trust funders, back-to-the-land hippies, liberal second-home owners, urban dropouts, and savvy business entrepreneurs. But the one thing they all agreed upon was that they weren't going to let developers run the show. So when a multinational corporation proposed an Aspen-style development of trophy homes on the 600 acre gateway to Telluride's box canyon, the citizens of Telluride said, “NO WAY!” The Valley is their story.

Speakers
avatar for Tate Yoder

Tate Yoder

Director, In Celebration of Open Space
avatar for Bryan Reinhart

Bryan Reinhart

Director, The Valley



Saturday January 18, 2020 4:30pm - 6:45pm
Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

4:30pm

Plastic Warriors | Paradise | Giants | The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight
Saturday Afternoon, Miners Foundry Osborn/Woods

Plastic Warriors
Lavado Stubbs, Conchboy Films | 2019 | 10 min
Kristal Ambrose also known as "Kristal Ocean" battles plastic pollution in The Bahamas.

Paradise
Erik Petersen | 2019 | 20 min
An unlikely environmentalist, Bryan Wells, finds himself standing between Yellowstone National Park and an industrial-scale gold mine. The proposed mine sits just above his home, and not only threatens America's most iconic National Park, but his community's way of life.

Giants
Luz Carasa, Connor Stava, Northwest Documentary | 2019 | 27 min
In 2015, Everett Custom Homes purchased a property in Portland's Eastmoreland Neighborhood. On the lot stood three giant sequoias, which the developer planned to cut down. Giants details the efforts and challenges that neighbors of Eastmoreland confronted in their attempts to save these unique trees. The film brings a fresh look into local activism and highlights the importance of community organizing.

The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight
Chris Simon, Susette Weisheit | 2020 | 45 min
Ken Sleight, aka Seldom Seen Smith, has faced down a rampaging tractor from the back of a horse. His actions in defense of the Canyon Country have inspired thousands. But his most heartfelt fight, to restore his beloved Glen Canyon, remains unfinished. At 90 years old he is still fighting, but time is running out. The film features Tim DeChristopher, Colorado Riverkeeper John Weisheit, and new archival footage of Glen Canyon.

Speakers
avatar for Luz Carasa

Luz Carasa

Director, Giants
avatar for Chris Simon

Chris Simon

Director, Producer, Editor, The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight
avatar for Susette Weisheit

Susette Weisheit

Cinematographer, Associate Producer, The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight
avatar for John Weisheit

John Weisheit

Living Rivers/Colorado Riverkeeper, The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight



4:30pm

Sanctuary | Pebble Redux - The Bears of Amakdedori | Artifishal
Saturday Afternoon, Vets Hall

Sanctuary
Shane Anderson | 2019 | 7 min
Set against the backdrop of the North Umpqua's most famous tributary, Steamboat Creek, which was recently designated as the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary, filmmaker Shane Anderson documents how these famed waters impacted Soul River, a group of veterans and urban youth as they learn about steelhead trout research by Pacific Rivers and meet conservation heroes Frank and Jeanne Moore. Sanctuary explores the healing powers of wild places and rivers and the need to create more sanctuaries on public lands.

Pebble Redux - The Bears of Amakdedori
Trip Jennings, Sara Quinn | 2019 | 14 min
If you thought the original Pebble Mine proposal was a bad idea for salmon in Bristol Bay, you'll despise Pebble Redux even more! This film shows the Trump fast-tracked, expanded mine proposal through the eyes of its newest, cutest threatened species representative - a four-year-old grizzly bear. Check out the views this young grizzly enjoys while he plays and snacks in the densest grizzly bear habitat in the world and learn how you can help stop this proposal - again!

Artifishal
Josh "Bones" Murphy | 2019 | 80 min
This is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. Artifishal explores wild salmon's slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.

Speakers
avatar for Josh

Josh "Bones" Murphy

Director, Artifishal
avatar for Shane Anderson

Shane Anderson

Director, Producer, Sanctuary
avatar for Chad Brown

Chad Brown

I am Public Lands (Director), Sanctuary (Featured)
avatar for Trip Jennings

Trip Jennings

Director, Director of Photography, Rewilding a Mountain, Pebble Redux
avatar for Sara Quinn

Sara Quinn

Editor, Second Camera, Rewilding a Mountain, Pebble Redux
avatar for Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill

Producer, Pebble Redux - The Bears of Amakdedori



7:00pm

After the Fire | Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
Saturday Evening, SAEL School

After the Fire
Derek Knowles, Spencer Seibert | 2019 | 18 min
The residents of Sonoma Valley struggle to find their places in a community that has been reshaped overnight by the historic Northern California wildfires. After the Fire is an intimate look at what they've lost, what they've gained, and what happens next - after the fire.

Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
Alex Glustrom, Daniel Bennett, Katie Mathews, Catherine Rierson | 2019 | 75 min
Mossville, Louisiana is a shadow of its former self – a community rich in natural resources and history, founded by formerly enslaved people and free people of color – where neighbors lived in harmony, insulated from the horrors of Jim Crow. Today, Mossville is surrounded by 14 petrochemical plants, and is the future site of apartheid-born South African-based chemical company Sasol’s newest plant. The community struggles to let go of their ancestral home - and at the center of it all is a man named Stacey Ryan who refuses to give up.

Session sponsored by Earthjustice

Speakers
avatar for Derek Knowles

Derek Knowles

Director, Cinematographer, After the Fire
avatar for Alex Glustrom

Alex Glustrom

Director, Mossville: When Great Trees Fall



7:00pm

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa | Tigerland
 Saturday Evening, Miners Foundry Stone Hall

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
Sarah Joseph, National Geographic Society | 2019 | 12 min
For 15 years, Mozambique was engulfed in a brutal civil war that devastated human and wildlife populations alike. Now, in part by focusing on empowering and educating women, Gorongosa National Park has become a model of successful conservation efforts. In this short film, follow elephant expert Dominique Gonçalves as she shares the powerful ways the park is working with local communities and gaining a new generation of brave women rangers and scientists.

Tigerland
Ross Kauffman, Xan Parker, Zara Duffy, Fisher Stevens | 2019 | 91 min
In the span of only a handful of generations, the tiger has been transformed from a venerated creature with a role in our cultural consciousness into a major source of revenue—and the population of wild tigers in Asia has dropped from over one hundred thousand to less than four thousand. Tigerland illustrates how shifting political realities in Russia and India created a lucrative poaching underworld that decimated the tiger population, and how one Russian scientist and a conservationist family in India fight for the tiger’s survival.

Session sponsored Darlene & John Abt



7:00pm

Let's Talk Trash with Faiza Hajji in Morocco | Treasures from the Tides | From Darkness to Light | Our Gorongosa, A Park for the People
Saturday Evening, GV Elks Lodge

Let's Talk Trash with Faiza Hajji in Morocco

Denise Domergue, Kayla Sweet-Newhouse, Rufus Paisley, Pierre Schlumberger | 2017 | 4 min
Moroccans are the second largest consumers of plastic bags, which are casually discarded and left to litter the pristine environment. This heartwarming mini-documentary tells the story of women in a remote northern Moroccan valley who see the scourge of plastic bags as an opportunity to employ their traditional weaving expertise. They have organized themselves into a collective that both cleans up the countryside and wins them financial security and independence, all thanks to their beautifully crafted bags and decorative items.

Treasures from the Tides
Catherine Brookes | 2018 | 15 min
The incredible conservation efforts of AMBAS, a sea turtle hatchery in Barra de Santiago, El Salvador are highlighted in Treasures from the Tides. The women-led organization is protecting endangered sea turtles from illegal poaching by inviting former poachers to take part in the conservation of these valuable species. This short documentary was produced by Catherine Brookes and supported by EcoViva.

From Darkness to Light
Nicky Milne, James Bishop, Valeria Cardi | 2019 | 13 min
Life is challenging for women in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania made up of numerous islands where half the population lives below the poverty line. Mothers and grandmothers in Zanzibar are becoming solar engineers thanks to training from Barefoot College - meaning they can bring electricity to their villages where previously they relied on paraffin.

Our Gorongosa, A Park for the People
Sean B. Carroll, James Byrne, Gráinne Keegan, Carla Rebai, Jared Lipworth | 2019 | 58 min
Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has become one of Africa's most celebrated wildlife restoration stories. After a decade, Gorongosa's large mammal population has grown to over 100,000 animals. But the Park must find a way to co-exist with the 200,000 people living in surrounding communities. Dominique Gonçalves, a young African elephant ecologist, shares the inspiring story of how Gorongosa is becoming a new model for wildlife conservation and community development.

Session sponsored by Neil & Joanne Bodine 

Speakers
avatar for Denise Domergue

Denise Domergue

Producer, Let’s Talk Trash with Faiza Hajji in Morocco
avatar for Anna Irwin

Anna Irwin

Director of Communications, Our Gorongosa, A Park for the People
avatar for Jared Lipworth

Jared Lipworth

Executive Producer, Writer, Our Gorongosa, A Park For The People
avatar for Brett Kuxhausen

Brett Kuxhausen

Director of Photography, Field Producer, Our Gorongosa, A Park for the People



Saturday January 18, 2020 7:00pm - 9:15pm
Grass Valley Elks Lodge 109 S School St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

7:00pm

Place of the Pike / Ginoozhekaaning | Maxima
Saturday Evening, Nevada Theatre

Place of the Pike / Ginoozhekaaning
Finn Ryan, Dylan Jennings | 2019 | 7 min
In 1971, A.B. LeBlanc (Bay Mills Ojibwe) set a gill net in Pendills Bay on Lake Superior. The Michigan DNR arrested LeBlanc and he was later convicted of fishing commercially without a license and for fishing with an illegal device. This story highlights the treaty challenge and struggle for Ojibwe communities to maintain their identity through treaty reserved rights asserted in the signing of the 1836 treaty with the United States.

Maxima
Claudia Sparrow, Ryan Schwartz | 2019 | 88 min
Maxima, an indigenous woman from the Peruvian Andes who cannot read or write, stands up to the largest gold producer in the world, US-based Newmont Mining Corporation, who has claimed ownership of her land in order to expand its multi-billion-dollar mining operation.

Session sponsored by Linda Rachmel & Roger Hicks


Speakers
avatar for Finn Ryan

Finn Ryan

Director, Place of the Pike / Ginoozhekaaning



Saturday January 18, 2020 7:00pm - 9:15pm
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

7:30pm

A Healing Journey | A Living River | Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
Saturday Evening, Gold Miners Inn

A Healing Journey
Julian Matthews, Lucinda George Simpson, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, Earthjustice, Under Solen Media | 2019 | 15 min
For thousands of years, the Nimiipuu people piloted their canoes along the tumbling waters of the Snake River. But after dams were built and the river choked off, a tradition was lost for over 100 years. Until now.

A Living River
Jon Bowermaster, Oceans 8 Films | 2019 | 23 min
Despite its polluted reputation, the Hudson River is teeming with life. From the tiny Glass Eels to the massive 14 foot long Atlantic Sturgeon, a vital web of life defies decades of oppression. Organizations like Riverkeeper and New York's Department of Environmental Conservation use lessons learned from its past as a bustling commercial fishery to its present as an ecosystem in recovery in order to protect its future.

Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
Jeremy Monroe, David Herasimtschuk | 2019 | 57 min
This film explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America's most biologically rich waters. Hidden Rivers follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region, and reveals both the beauty and vulnerability of these ecosystems.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Nuchols

Emily Nuchols

Executive Producer, Under Solen Media, A Healing Journey
avatar for Chris Jordan-Bloch

Chris Jordan-Bloch

Managing Producer, A Healing Journey
avatar for Lucinda Simpson

Lucinda Simpson

Co-Director, Nez Perce Tribal Elder, A Healing Journey
avatar for Julian Matthews

Julian Matthews

Co-Director, Canoe Project, A Healing Journey
avatar for Matthew Kellam

Matthew Kellam

Sound Designer, Recordist, Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
avatar for Louis Ruben

Louis Ruben

Featured, A Healing Journey
avatar for Devin Ruben

Devin Ruben

Featured, A Healing Journey
avatar for Jeremy Monroe

Jeremy Monroe

Co-director, Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia



Saturday January 18, 2020 7:30pm - 9:45pm
Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

7:30pm

Conviction | Blowout
Saturday Evening, NC Oddfellows

Conviction
Kristy Choi | 2019 | 24 min
After a high-profile bribery scandal led to the convictions of the three powerful conspirators, the community they targeted is left in the dust to find relief from decades of toxic air and soil pollution. Community members in the North Birmingham neighborhoods of Collegeville, Harriman Park, and Fairmont tell their personal stories and share their struggles as they seek a healthier life for the generations of the future.

Blowout
Zach Toombs, Kate Grumke, Kevin Clancy | 2019 | 79 min
From the oil fields of West Texas to tanker traffic busting the Panama Canal at its seems to an energy revolution across Asia, this Newsy documentary shows the human stakes of a new surge in American oil and gas production - and its impacts on profits, public health, and climate change.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Forman

Michele Forman

Southern Exposure Program Director, Conviction



7:30pm

Daniel: A Cyclist with TBI Making a Difference | Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco | I am Public Lands | Ghosts of the Mountains | A Concerned Citizen: Civics in Action
Saturday Evening, Fellowship Hall

Daniel: A Cyclist with TBI Making a Difference
Anthony Cupaiuolo, First Tracks Productions | 2018 | 5 min
Every day (and, we mean every day) you can see Daniel riding his bike along Highway 50. And, while he's out there, he's picking up trash and doing his part to make the Lake Tahoe area better for everyone. That is an amazing story in and of itself. But it is even more incredible when you learn that Daniel nearly died as a child from a fall and was in a coma for 8 months, and although he still suffers from traumatic brain injury (TBI), that hasn't stopped him from making a difference.

Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco
Kristin Tieche | 2019 | 8 min
Bayview-Hunters Point in Southeast San Francisco has been on the front lines of the environmental justice movement since the 1940s. This short documentary film follows three environmental youth leaders who are changing the world, starting with their own neighborhood.

I am Public Lands
Chad Brown | 2019 | 26 min
Being a veteran who continues to battle with frequent PTSD is exhausting; so Soul River Inc. is bringing both diverse youth and veterans into the natural resource conversations centered around environmental challenges. Soul River youth of diverse backgrounds learn at an early age that they can form their own opinions about public land, while escaping the city for a long weekend in the wild Ochoco mountains.

Ghosts of the Mountains
John Antonelli, Will Parrinello, Matt Yamashita | 2019 | 7 min
Bayarjargal Agvaantseren helped create the 1.8 million-acre Tost Tosonbumba Nature Reserve in Mongolia's South Gobi Desert—a critical habitat for the vulnerable snow leopard. Then she succeeded in persuading the Mongolian government to cancel all 37 mining licenses within the reserve. An unprecedented victory for the snow leopard, as of June 2018 there are no active mines within the reserve—and all mining operations are illegal. For her activism, Bayara was recognized with the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia.

A Concerned Citizen: Civics in Action
Bo Boudart | 2019 | 40 min
Dr. Riki Ott is a citizen activist who came to the aid of her Alaskan community following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. After the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf and in the Kalamazoo River, she took the lessons she learned as an activist and developed Ultimate Civics, a national civics curriculum that empowers students to participate in their democracy.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Tieche

Kristin Tieche

Producer, Director, Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco
avatar for Chad Brown

Chad Brown

I am Public Lands (Director), Sanctuary (Featured)
avatar for Nicole C. Scott

Nicole C. Scott

Digital Strategist, A Concerned Citizen: Civics in Action



8:00pm

Detroit Hives | The Fight for Flight | Wild Possibilities | Rewilding a Mountain | Take Back the Harbor
Saturday Evening, Vets Hall

Detroit Hives
Palmer Morse, Rachel Weinberg, Matthew Mikkelsen, Spruce Tone Films | 2019 | 6 min
East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots with well over 90,000 empty lots to date. In an effort to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. Detroit Hives explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time.

The Fight for Flight
Jason Whalen, Chris Zuker | 2018 | 16 min

Each year, millions of birds migrate through the Great Lakes. The Fight for Flight highlights this natural phenomenon and the stories of people who interact with these birds. As technology progresses, we are learning more about our impact during migration. The film shows the research, rehabilitation, and conservation involved in understanding and protecting this epic journey.

Wild Possibilities
Brady Holden, Jen Newlin, Catherine Waterston, Holden Films | 2018 | 12 min
This film highlights unique conservation efforts of five different land trusts in Oregon to help show and explain their value to their local communities.

Rewilding a Mountain
Trip Jennings, Sara Quinn, William Ripple, Balance Media | 2019 | 27 min

The sagebrush sea is a landscape of stark beauty and captivating wildlife, yet rapid desertification and extractive industries threaten this vast basin. But at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in Southeastern Oregon, a different story unfolds. New aspen explode alongside thriving creeks, migratory birds travel thousands of miles to nest in willow branches, and endangered sage grouse are recovering in the uplands. Rewilding a Mountain unravels an unsettling controversy that challenged the core identity of the West and follows a team of scientists who ask the question: what happened here?

Take Back the Harbor
Kristi Jacobson, Roger Ross Williams | 2018 | 40 min
On New York's Governors Island, an unprecedented program has an ambitious goal: to restore once-bountiful oysters and the environmental benefits they bring to New York Harbor. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams, Take Back the Harbor highlights inspiring teenage students and their teachers at The Harbor School, a remarkable public high school that teaches conservation and leadership of the waterways - including SCUBA diving, raising oyster larvae, operating and maintaining vessels, alongside math and English.

Session sponsored by Muffy Weaver & Glenn Hovemann 

Speakers
avatar for Palmer Morse

Palmer Morse

Co-Director, Venture Out, Detroit Hives
avatar for Trip Jennings

Trip Jennings

Director, Director of Photography, Rewilding a Mountain, Pebble Redux
avatar for Sara Quinn

Sara Quinn

Editor, Second Camera, Rewilding a Mountain, Pebble Redux



8:00pm

This Land | Into the Canyon
Saturday Evening, Miners Foundry Osborn/Woods

This Land
Whit Hassett, Chelsea Jolly, Faith E. Briggs, Addie Thompson | 2019 | 13 min
Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now she's running 150 miles through three National Monuments that lie in the thick of the controversy around United States public lands.

Into the Canyon
Peter McBride, Amanda Pollak, Stephen Ives, Tyler H. Walk, Lauren DeFilippo | 2019 | 85 min
In 2016, filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko set out on a 750-mile journey on foot through the entire length of the Grand Canyon. More people have stood on the moon than have completed a continuous through-hike of the Canyon. McBride and Fedarko took a sectional approach, achieving a feat that many adventurers have taken decades to complete. Others have lost their lives trying. But their quest was more than just an endurance test – it was also a way to draw attention to the unprecedented threats facing one of our most revered landscapes.

Speakers
avatar for Faith E. Briggs

Faith E. Briggs

Producer, This Land
avatar for Whit Hassett

Whit Hassett

Co-Director, This Land



8:00pm

Grass Valley Party featuring music from UnderCover
Keep the fun going in Grass Valley at a local favorite, Grass Valley Brewing Company. Party starts at 8pm. Live music from UnderCover starts at 9pm. 141 E Main Street, Grass Valley
UnderCover plays a mix of favorites from the genres of rock, southern rock, and country music. The band has strong vocals with excellent harmonies. Band members are all longtime Nevada Countyians. UnderCover has been part of the local music scene for decades. 


9:00pm

Wild & Scenic Gala
Rub elbows with the festival’s special guests and meet other film enthusiasts while enjoying wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Emily’s Catering in the beautiful Stone House. Age 21+

Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00pm - 11:00pm
The Stone House 107 Sacramento St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

11:00pm

Late Night Dance Party featuring KVMRx DJ Showcase
Stay up late and dance the night away. The party will be heating up with a local DJ showcase of our favorite KVMRx DJs. Featuring:
DJ StepDaddy/Capt. Save A Show
DJ Sugartroll (Chris Streng)
Bboy Supreme (Jai Hanes)
Ages 21+
Tickets $15 adv / $20 at the door.
Available in advance online, at Fest HQ, or at the door if not sold out.



Saturday January 18, 2020 11:00pm - Sunday January 19, 2020 2:00am
The Stone House 107 Sacramento St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA
 
Sunday, January 19
 

8:30am

COFFEE TALK: How Filmmakers Work with Composers
A good musical score is key for setting the tone of your film—and finding the right composer can be tricky. In this panel, join Founder and Lead Composer of Cleod9 Music Ian McLeod in a conversation with filmmakers on how they work together to set the scene and what it takes to compose a killer film score.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Sugarman

Katie Sugarman

Co-Director, Co-Producer, Naretoi
avatar for Kelsey Doyle

Kelsey Doyle

Co-Director, Co-Producer, Naretoi
avatar for Palmer Morse

Palmer Morse

Co-Director, Venture Out, Detroit Hives
avatar for Ian McLeod

Ian McLeod

Founder, Lead Composer at Cleod9 Music, Composer for Horse Rich and Dirt Poor & A Walk Through The Land of 1,000 Hills


9:00am

EnviroFair
Sponsored by California Solar Electric Company. Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to work with many amazing organizations that are devoted to protecting the earth and its inhabitants and creating sustainability for all. Large and small, hometown groups and ones with international scope, you’ll find them here! We host our annual EnviroFair to let all of these important organizations showcase their work and inform us about how we can engage in a meaningful way. Find us on York Street in Nevada City, between Commercial and Broad Streets.
Have something to say about the films you are seeing at the fest? Be sure to check out Sidewalk Talks, set up on York Street (also in SAEL School) Saturday 11am-3pm and Sunday 9am-11am https://www.sidewalk-talk.org/
Weather permitting.
Learn more and get involved at the Wild & Scenic EnviroFair!


Sunday January 19, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm
York Street York St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

9:30am

Our Water in the Age of Climate Change
Climate Change is here and is the existential threat to our community. But what does that mean for the Sierras, California’s valuable headwaters? We are already experiencing a decline in snowpack, atmospheric rivers, increased risk of catastrophic wildfires, and more. A panel of experts in water management and environmental activism will discuss their concerns about impacts on water supply, infrastructure, and our communities as a result of climate change. Join us to learn more about how we can make California’s headwaters safe, sustainable, and resilient for all.

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Moderators
avatar for Ashley Overhouse

Ashley Overhouse

River Policy Manager, South Yuba River Citizens League

Speakers
avatar for Pablo Ortiz

Pablo Ortiz

Union of Concerned Scientists
avatar for Tim Washburn

Tim Washburn

Sacramento Flood Control
avatar for Curt Aikens

Curt Aikens

Yuba Water Agency
avatar for Ron Stork

Ron Stork

Friends of the River
avatar for Steve Frisch

Steve Frisch

Sierra Business Council



Sunday January 19, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

9:30am

Exploring Soundscapes - Sequoia & Kings Canyon | Insect Guardian | Sniper | The King's Keeper | Ay Mariposa
Sunday Morning, Miners Foundry Stone Hall

Exploring Soundscapes - Sequoia & Kings Canyon
Steven M. Bumgardner | 2019 | 9 min
The dramatic landscape of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity - rugged foothills, deep canyons, towering mountains, and the world's largest trees. Weather varies by season and elevation, ranging from 1,300 to over 14,000 feet. With this diverse landscape comes a wide variety of natural sounds. Explore and enjoy the unique soundscapes of these magnificent parks!

Insect Guardian
Tim Visser, Sander van Iersel | 2018 | 6 min
82-year-old Willem bought a remote potato farm field back in 1980 and transformed it into a butterfly paradise. For almost 40 years, he has worked the land with shovel and scythe in order to preserve the butterflies. Willem's paradise has become one of the most important habitats in the region for these fluttering beauties. But due to an overload of nitrogen in the air, Willem's flower-rich butterfly paradise gets slowly driven away by a monoculture of grass. Butterflies that used to be common just a few decades ago are rare these days or have completely disappeared.

Sniper
Karthic SS | 2018 | 13 min
In New Zealand, Yellow-eyed Penguin numbers have dwindled. Finding these penguins in the dense bush to monitor and conserve the population is tricky. But former ranger Leith Thomson has a way - Sniper. She is one of the 80 certified Conservation Dogs in New Zealand. Now every penguin counts, and Sniper is on an adventure to protect these critically endangered birds

The King's Keeper
Thomas Rowell | 2018 | 12 min
Prahlad lives at a place where "we work for elephants." Gajraj, a seventy year old tusker who's name means "king of elephants" spent fifty years of his life in chains. When Prahlad first saw Gajraj come out of the rescue vehicle and step into the Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Prahlad says "I had my heart set on him."

Ay Mariposa
Krista Schlyer, Jenny Nichols, Morgan Heim | 2019 | 57 min
This is the story of La Mariposa, Zulema, and Marianna–three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. Ay Mariposa delves into the motivations that underlie their opposition and actions, and the surprising ties that bind them all together. This film is a single symbolic tale of all that is being lost in the rush to build border barriers along the 2,000-mile meeting place of the United States and Mexico.

Speakers
avatar for Steven M. Bumgardner

Steven M. Bumgardner

Producer, Director, Exploring Soundscapes, Meadows - Yosemite Nature Notes
avatar for Jenny Nichols

Jenny Nichols

Filmmaker, Ay Mariposa



9:30am

Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA | Dulce | Motherfish | Homecoming - A Boundary Waters Story | Last Call For The Bayou
Sunday Morning, SAEL School 

Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
Kevin White, David Donnenfield, Full Frame Productions | 2019 | 6 min
This short film illustrates how the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians are uniquely positioned through their long history and traditional practices and values to be an important partner with Sonoma Marine Protected Areas in the recovery of our coastal resources.

Dulce
Guille Isa, Angello Faccini | 2018 | 11 min
On Colombia's Pacific Coast, a mother teaches her daughter, Dulce, how to swim. It is an essential skill in this remote region, where livelihoods are made on the sea and where rising tides, made worse by climate change, have swept entire villages away in recent years. Overcoming her fear of the water is just one element of Dulce's budding awareness of her natural and cultural surroundings.

Motherfish
Rusty Grim, Theo Parkinson, Amy Rosko, Fletcher Hukari, Owen Jones | 2019 | 11 min
Through a mother's spoken-word thoughts on the meaning that fishing has brought to the lives of her son and his best friend, Motherfish isn't about catching fish - it is a quiet celebration of the lost art of patience, and how a mother can help bring meaning to her children's lives by enabling adventure.

Homecoming - A Boundary Waters Story
Joe Fairbanks | 2019 | 8 min
Joe Fairbanks was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. In Homecoming, he travels through the waters where he learned to paddle as a boy. Today, these are some of America's most endangered waters. Joe reflects on his battle with cancer and draws on connections

Last Call For The Bayou
Dominic Gill, Nadia Gill, Encompass Films | 2019 | 53 min
Louisiana’s delta is a veritable bounty of rich estuarine life, but it is disappearing fast. The erosion of Louisiana’s wetlands is one of the greatest environmental threats the US faces today. This 5-part series chronicles the lives of individuals who are experiencing that loss in the deepest parts of the Bayou. Through them, we learn that Louisiana is the canary in a coal mine for the coastal land loss that will happen worldwide and what the Bayou means to the people who live there, as we watch them wrestle with the survival of their home.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Fairbanks

Joe Fairbanks

Director, Homecoming - A Boundary Waters Story
avatar for Kevin White

Kevin White

Director, Producer, Writer, Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
avatar for Hannah Banuelos

Hannah Banuelos

Featured, Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
avatar for Ester Stra

Ester Stra

Featured, Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
avatar for Chris Elliot

Chris Elliot

Featured, Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA
avatar for Rusty Grim

Rusty Grim

Director, Editor, Motherfish
avatar for Theo Parkinson

Theo Parkinson

Writer, Talent, Co-creator, Motherfish
avatar for Nadia Gill

Nadia Gill

Producer, Last Call For The Bayou
avatar for Dominic Gill

Dominic Gill

Director, Last Call For The Bayou



9:30am

L’eau est la Vie (Water is Life): From Standing Rock to the Swamp | The Condor & The Eagle
Sunday Morning, Nevada Theatre

L’eau est la Vie (Water is Life): From Standing Rock to the Swamp
Sam Vinal, Melissa Cox, A Mutual Aid Media Production | 2019 | 24min
On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight-to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

The Condor & The Eagle
Sophie Guerra, Clement Guerra | 2019 | 82min
Four Indigenous environmental leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian plains to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of "Climate Justice." The Condor & The Eagle offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film's four protagonists learn from each other's long legacies of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy. Their path through the jungle takes them on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and one another.

Session sponsored by Samuel & Adele Mills 


Sunday January 19, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

10:00am

Hammer Dam | Spawning Hope | Hat Creek: A Wild Trout Legacy | Last Call For The Bayou Episode 2: Mud, Sweat & Fears | Into the Black | Herd Impact
Sunday Morning, NC Oddfellows

Hammer Dam
Matthew Ritenour, Jesse Dizard, The Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology | 2019 | 8 min
Harold Hammer lives on his remote property in Northern California. When the Department of Fish and Wildlife discover his homemade dam used for hydropower, he has to decide if he wants to disrupt his way of life on the chance that removing his dam will increase salmon spawning habitat.

Spawning Hope
Roshan Patel | 2019 | 10 min
Coral biologists are concerned about the genetic health of many endangered coral. Spawning Hope follows a team of scientists as they attempt to use cryopreserved coral sperm to introduce coral DNA to new populations of elkhorn coral. If this technique works, it could have lasting impacts on how conservationists are able to protect and restore endangered corals from near extinction.

Hat Creek: A Wild Trout Legacy
Michael Wier | 2018 | 14 min
Back in 1971, when Caltrout was formed, the Hat Creek project demonstrated that an organization of passionate anglers could come together to restore a stream and bring back an iconic fishery. More than that though, a new concept for wild trout management was embraced - the idea that we can do without hatchery fish, that the ethic of catch and release is good for fish and anglers alike, and the idea that having a controlled set of regulations focused on wild trout could be successful.

Last Call For The Bayou Episode 2: Mud, Sweat & Fears
Dominic Gill, Nadia Gill, Encompass Films | 2019 | 11 min
Dr. Alex Kolker is the face of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, one of the premier research institutes working to understand the mechanisms and impacts of coastal land loss. He has spent the last decade studying subsidence and sea-level rise in an effort to understand whether or not restoration will be sufficient to stem the loss of land. In this episode of the 5-part Last Call for the Bayouseries, Dr. Kolker walks us through the current restoration projects and shows how New Orleans sinking and the state has a plan to save the coast.

Into the Black
Kenzie Greer | 2019 | 20 min
Many of the ecosystems in Alabama and throughout the southeast evolved with fire. Human ignited "prescribed fire", also known as controlled burns, are an essential technique to mimic this natural process to maintain and restore critical habitats. With an ever growing population and extensive efforts to restore large areas of native habitats such as longleaf pine, partnerships are critical to provide the capacity necessary to implement fire on the scale needed to accomplish these objectives.

Herd Impact
Peter Byck, Paula and Jim Crown, Carbon Nation | 2018 | 23 min
North Texas couple, Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell, let nature dictate how they graze their cattle. They are having tremendous success in regenerating their land and their lives; providing a healthy habitat for migratory birds while raising one of the largest herds of cattle in Texas.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Gill

Dominic Gill

Director, Last Call For The Bayou
avatar for Nadia Gill

Nadia Gill

Producer, Last Call For The Bayou
avatar for Roshan Patel

Roshan Patel

Producer, Director, Spawning Hope
avatar for Kenzie Greer

Kenzie Greer

Director, Into the Black
avatar for Peter Byck

Peter Byck

Director, Herd Impact



10:00am

If You Can Hear My Voice: The Fight to Ban Chlorpyrifos | Right to Harm
Sunday Morning, GV Elks Lodge

If You Can Hear My Voice: The Fight to Ban Chlorpyrifos
Martin do Nascimento, Chris Jordan-Bloch | 2019 | 8 min
Claudia Angulo's son was born with developmental delays after she was exposed to chlorpyrifos during her pregnancy. Now, she's fighting for a ban on the pesticide. "If we want things to change, we have to work together," Angulo says. "Don't stay silent. Don't just sit around at home. Stand up and make your voices heard."

Right to Harm
Matt Wechsler, Annie Speicher, Hourglass Films | 2019 | 75 min
Told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities, Right to Harm is an exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States. When pushed to their limit, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.

Speakers
avatar for Martin do Nascimento

Martin do Nascimento

Director, Editor, If You Can Hear My Voice: The Fight to Ban Chlorpyrifos



Sunday January 19, 2020 10:00am - 12:15pm
Grass Valley Elks Lodge 109 S School St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

10:00am

Media Lounge
Meet filmmakers and activists in the Wild & Scenic
The Media Lounge is THE place for up-to-date information, photos on the green carpet, exclusive interviews with special guests, and meet and greets with some of your WSFF favorites. Enjoy free WiFi and a comfortable setting to meet, connect, and network. (And enjoy a glass of our local wine!)
Plus, join us live on 89.5 FM starting with the opening reception. And we are streaming live on the WSFF FB page: facebook.com/WildScenicFilms/

Speakers
avatar for Elisa Parker

Elisa Parker

Co-Founder, See Jane Do


Sunday January 19, 2020 10:00am - 1:00pm
Nevada City Winery 321 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

10:30am

Let's Talk Trash with Faiza Hajji in Morocco | Treasures from the Tides | From Darkness to Light | Our Gorongosa, A Park for the People
Sunday Morning, Miners Foundry Osborn/Woods

Join us for a tasting of Gorongosa Coffee's newest blends of sustainable coffee before the film session, from 10-10:30am in the Miners Foundry. 100% of their profits fund conservation and human development projects in and around Gorongosa National Park, helping rainforest restoration and creating local opportunity for farmers. We hope you will join us in tasting 4 different samples of their coffee.​​​

Let's Talk Trash with Faiza Hajji in Morocco
Denise Domergue, Kayla Sweet-Newhouse, Rufus Paisley, Pierre Schlumberger | 2017 | 4 min
Moroccans are the second largest consumers of plastic bags, which are casually discarded and left to litter the pristine environment. This heartwarming mini-documentary tells the story of women in a remote northern Moroccan valley who see the scourge of plastic bags as an opportunity to employ their traditional weaving expertise. They have organized themselves into a collective that both cleans up the countryside and wins them financial security and independence, all thanks to their beautifully crafted bags and decorative items.

Treasures from the Tides
Catherine Brookes | 2018 | 15 min
The incredible conservation efforts of AMBAS, a sea turtle hatchery in Barra de Santiago, El Salvador are highlighted in Treasures from the Tides. The women-led organization is protecting endangered sea turtles from illegal poaching by inviting former poachers to take part in the conservation of these valuable species. This short documentary was produced by Catherine Brookes and supported by EcoViva.

From Darkness to Light
Nicky Milne, James Bishop, Valeria Cardi | 2019 | 13 min
Life is challenging for women in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania made up of numerous islands where half the population lives below the poverty line. Mothers and grandmothers in Zanzibar are becoming solar engineers thanks to training from Barefoot College - meaning they can bring electricity to their villages where previously they relied on paraffin.

Our Gorongosa, A Park for the People
Sean B. Carroll, James Byrne, Gráinne Keegan, Carla Rebai, Jared Lipworth | 2019 | 58 min
Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has become one of Africa's most celebrated wildlife restoration stories. After a decade, Gorongosa's large mammal population has grown to over 100,000 animals. But the Park must find a way to co-exist with the 200,000 people living in surrounding communities. Dominique Gonçalves, a young African elephant ecologist, shares the inspiring story of how Gorongosa is becoming a new model for wildlife conservation and community development.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Domergue

Denise Domergue

Producer, Let’s Talk Trash with Faiza Hajji in Morocco
avatar for Anna Irwin

Anna Irwin

Director of Communications, Our Gorongosa, A Park for the People
avatar for Jared Lipworth

Jared Lipworth

Executive Producer, Writer, Our Gorongosa, A Park For The People
avatar for Brett Kuxhausen

Brett Kuxhausen

Director of Photography, Field Producer, Our Gorongosa, A Park for the People



10:30am

Love, Trails, & Dinosaurs | The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating | Positive Forward Motion | Venture Out | Iniskim | When the Tide Goes Out
Sunday Morning, Vets Hall

Love, Trails, & Dinosaurs
Draft Agency, Alex Oliver, Edy Recendez | 2018 | 8min
This heartwarming film tells the story of the first person with autism to hike every trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Garan Moore. His mother, Theresa, shares their story of a journey for weight loss that developed into a passion for hiking - and 900 miles later...one historic achievement.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey | 2019 | 15 min
When a woman is bedridden with a mysterious pathogen, a forest snail (Neohelix albolabris) takes up residence on her nightstand. Together, woman and snail share a captivating journey of survival and resilience. An intimate and surprising live-action true story, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is adapted from the award-winning memoir of the same title and narrated by Daryl Hannah.

Positive Forward Motion
Chris Gallaway, Jennifer Pharr Davis | 2019 | 14 min
Hiker and endurance athlete, Jennifer Pharr Davis, reflects on the challenges and lessons that life has brought her following her record-setting thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. While spending time alone on the trail, Jen looks back over what she has learned and how she has grown through hiking, becoming a mother, and growing a business.

Venture Out
Palmer Morse, Jamie DiNicola, Matt Mikkelsen | 2020 | 15 min
This is a story of overcoming odds, the power of resilience, and ultimately, the ever-lasting effects of LGBTQ community building. The Venture Out Project, founded by Perry Cohen, is a nonprofit organization that brings LGBTQ folks together outdoors. In sharing Perry's story, and hearing from the other Venture Out Project participants, we get a glimpse into the healing qualities of nature and life-saving community bonds that are being forged as a result of Perry's work.

Iniskim
Daniel Glick, Sarah Clarke, Mariah Ore, Craig Falcon, Lauren Monroe | 2019 | 9 min
Shot on the real-life Blackfeet buffalo drive and inspired by a true story, Iniskim follows a young girl's journey from trauma to recovery. By reconnecting with the ancient power of the buffalo, the timeless landscape of her ancestors, and the wisdom of her culture, her life is changed forever.

When the Tide Goes Out
Eliot Galán, Hillary Hyland | 2019 | 32 min
Following thousands of years of sustainable stewardship by the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, encroaching industry and development polluted their traditional territory surrounding Vancouver to the point that food harvesting had to be banned in 1972. Today, over 45 years later, the Tsleil-Waututh have restored some specific habitats within their territory to safe levels for clam harvesting, both as a means for environmental justice and for the reclamation and rejuvenation of their culture.


Session sponsored by Fred Ruhland 

Speakers
avatar for Perry Cohen

Perry Cohen

Executive Director, The Venture Out Project
avatar for Palmer Morse

Palmer Morse

Co-Director, Venture Out, Detroit Hives
avatar for Jamie DiNicola

Jamie DiNicola

Co-Director, Venture Out
avatar for Daniel Glick

Daniel Glick

Director, Iniskim
avatar for Eliot Galán

Eliot Galán

Director, When the Tide Goes Out
avatar for Hillary Hyland

Hillary Hyland

Procuder, When the Tide Goes Out



10:30am

Whitewater in Peril | A Stone's Throw Away | The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise | A Bird in the Hand | Legacy | The Sacramento, at Current Speed
Sunday Morning, Gold Miners Inn

Whitewater in Peril
Jeff Litton | 2019 | 3 min
Bear River holds a world-class stretch of whitewater affectionately called "Hair of the Bear." Sadly, this famous stretch of river would be drowned underneath Centennial Reservoir if the proposed new dam is built. There are so many reasons Centennial Dam is terrible for the community, and this film showcases the jaw dropping and hair raising recreation that is at stake.

A Stone's Throw Away
Maxwell Wolff, Jake Smothers, Evan Patrick, Jordan Hill | 2019 | 9 min
Filmmakers Maxwell Wolff and Jake Smothers explore a local Northern California farm and discover a community of people committed to living fulfilling lives outside of the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise
John de Graaf, Doug Stanley, Greg Davis | 2019 | 27 min
Cohousing is a living arrangement providing both privacy and community. This film explores how a Danish model of intentional living has taken root in the US. Photographed by Doug Stanley, of Greatest Catch fame, the film includes insights from architect Charles Durrett and the experiences of cohousing residents in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Davis, and Fair Oaks, California.

From 9-10am, there will be a tour of Nevada City Cohousing (200 Redbud Way, Nevada City) led by the architect, Charles Durrett. Also from 1-2pm, a second tour will be offered at Wolf Creek Senior Cohousing (800 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley). Both will last for about one hour. Allow another 15 minutes to also see the gardens. Please park on the street (unless you choose to walk to Nevada City Cohousing for this near town tour.)

A Bird in the Hand
Sarinah Simons, Allison Paules Nelson | 2018 | 5 min
Birds amaze us with flight, song, and beauty, but their abundance in North America has declined by almost a third in the past 50 years. A team of committed volunteers is working together at Empire Mine State Historic Park to understand local songbird populations and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Legacy
Joe Flannery, Tahoe National Forest, Kyle Lancaster, Gigantic Film Co | 2019 | 21 min
150 years ago, Chinese Railroad Workers blasted and chiseled their way through the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains while completing the Transcontinental Railroad. Despite this monumental achievement, the Chinese Railroad Workers' contribution was excluded, ignored, and forgotten from history. Today, grassroots groups are working together to retell the story of these workers' lasting legacy.

The Sacramento, at Current Speed
Tom Bartels, Round House Productions, Mitch Dion | 2019 | 38 min
The Sacramento River is a workhorse, hemmed in by freeways, channelized for agriculture and drinking. But there is a hidden river, where you can launch a boat and float 300 miles to the sea. This is a place of surprising beauty, home to otter, eagle, osprey, and endangered salmon. Can this river be a model for balancing human needs with a natural ecosystem?

Session sponsored by Diane Robertson 

Speakers
avatar for Allison R. Nelson

Allison R. Nelson

Gold Country Avian Studies and Empire Mine Bird Monitoring Program Director, A Bird in the Hand
avatar for Sarinah Simons

Sarinah Simons

Director, A Bird in the Hand
avatar for Jake Smothers

Jake Smothers

Cinematographer,Editor, A Stone's Throw Away
avatar for Maxwell Wolff

Maxwell Wolff

Writer, Director, A Stone's Throw Away
avatar for Doug Stanley

Doug Stanley

Photographer, The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise
avatar for Greg Davis

Greg Davis

Editor, The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise
avatar for John de Graaf

John de Graaf

Director, The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise
avatar for Joe Flannery

Joe Flannery

Director, Producer, Legacy
avatar for Kyle Lancaster

Kyle Lancaster

Director of Cinematography, Legacy
avatar for Rudy Petschek

Rudy Petschek

Boatman, The Sacramento, at Current Speed
avatar for Mitch Dion

Mitch Dion

Co-Procuder, The Sacramento, at Current Speed
avatar for Tom Bartels

Tom Bartels

Co-Procuder, The Sacramento, at Current Speed



Sunday January 19, 2020 10:30am - 12:45pm
Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

11:00am

Virtual Reality Lounge
Journey into the memories of a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed and survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima, glide amongst the Canadian Rockies on untamed ice first-hand with figure skater Laura Kottlowski, and immerse yourself in the sounds of Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America, with acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton. These three unique Virtual Reality experiences - The Atomic TreeTo Return, and Sanctuaries of Silence - will transport you to remote corners of the globe without having to leave your seat.

Join filmmakers Laura Kottlowski and Devin Tellatin from 11am-12pm to learn about the films and have an opportunity to ask questions!


The Atomic Tree VR
Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | 2019 | 10 min
Journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world - a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed - and survived - the atomic blast in Hiroshima. From Japan's ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, this Virtual Reality experience explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree. The delicate shape of this bonsai contains sacred forests, human family, and deep time, inviting us to reflect on the living strands of kinship that are woven between human and non-human worlds.

To Return
Laura Kottlowski | 2019 | 6 min
For figure skater Laura Kottlowski, exploring and skating on wild ice is like returning to gold—a state of innocence, curiosity, and humility as well as the roots of figure skating. Through her lens and a poetic narrative you’ll experience the multi-sensory joy and curiosities of untamed ice first-hand.

Sanctuaries of Silence VR
Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | 2017 | 8 min
Silence just might be on the verge of extinction and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. In the Virtual Reality experience Sanctuaries of Silence, join Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.

Speakers
avatar for Devin Tellatin

Devin Tellatin

Producer, The Atomic Tree; Sanctuaries of Silence
avatar for Laura Kottlowski

Laura Kottlowski

To Return VR (Director), Deer 139 (Art Director, Designer, Animator)



Sunday January 19, 2020 11:00am - 2:00pm
KVMR 120 Bridge St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

11:30am

America's Great Mountain Trails
Author and photographer Tim Palmer will present a spectacular slide show about his latest book, America's Great Mountain Trails. Many of us know Tim for his ability to connect us to wild rivers, but this time, come and enjoy his scenes of mountain grandeur and hear some of his engaging stories as he takes us on the best among 100 mountain trails featured in his new book. Tim is the award-winning author and photographer of 28 books about the environment, river conservation, and adventure travel, and he speaks to audiences nationwide. He worked as a pivotal consultant to SYRCL in our successful campaign to designate the South Yuba as a California Scenic River. There will be time for lively Q&A and discussion after the slide program.

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Palmer

Tim Palmer

Author, Photographer, America's Great Mountain Trails



Sunday January 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

12:30pm

After the Fire | Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
Sunday Midday, Miners Foundry Stone Hall

After the Fire
Derek Knowles, Spencer Seibert | 2019 | 18 min
The residents of Sonoma Valley struggle to find their places in a community that has been reshaped overnight by the historic Northern California wildfires. After the Fire is an intimate look at what they've lost, what they've gained, and what happens next - after the fire.

Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
Alex Glustrom, Daniel Bennett, Katie Mathews, Catherine Rierson | 2019 | 75 min
Mossville, Louisiana is a shadow of its former self – a community rich in natural resources and history, founded by formerly enslaved people and free people of color – where neighbors lived in harmony, insulated from the horrors of Jim Crow. Today, Mossville is surrounded by 14 petrochemical plants, and is the future site of apartheid-born South African-based chemical company Sasol’s newest plant. The community struggles to let go of their ancestral home - and at the center of it all is a man named Stacey Ryan who refuses to give up.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Knowles

Derek Knowles

Director, Cinematographer, After the Fire
avatar for Alex Glustrom

Alex Glustrom

Director, Mossville: When Great Trees Fall



12:30pm

In the Land of My Ancestors | Eating Up Easter
Sunday Midday, SAEL School

In the Land of My Ancestors
Rucha Chitnis | 2018 | 9 min
Beloved Ohlone elder, Ann Marie Sayers, has devoted her life to preserve the stories and culture of her indigenous ancestors. In the Land of My Ancestors shines light on the perilous impact of colonization and settler colonialism on Ohlone people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sayers created a refuge for many indigenous peoples in her ancestral land called the Indian Canyon to reclaim their culture, spirituality, and indigeneity. This film celebrates Sayers' resiliency and living legacy, and is produced by South Asian photojournalist, Rucha Chitnis.

Eating Up Easter
Sergio M. Rapu, Elena Rapu | 2018 | 76 min
Native Rapanui (Easter Island) filmmaker Sergio Mata'u Rapu narrates to his son about the modern dilemma of their people, who risk losing everything to the globalizing effects of tourism. Eating Up Easter follows four islanders, descendants of the ancient statue builders, who are working to tackle the consequences of their rapidly developing home. Mama Piru leads recycling efforts to reduce trash, Mahani and Enrique use music to reunite their divided community, and Sergio tries to understand the motivations of his father who embraces the advantages of building new businesses. 

Speakers
avatar for Kanyon

Kanyon "Coyote Woman" Sayers-Roods

Featured, In the Land of My Ancestors
avatar for Tod Hardin

Tod Hardin

Head of Film Development for Plastic Oceans, Eating Up Easter


12:30pm

This Land | Into the Canyon
Sunday Midday, Nevada Theatre

This Land
Whit Hassett, Chelsea Jolly, Faith E. Briggs, Addie Thompson | 2019 | 13 min
Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now she's running 150 miles through three National Monuments that lie in the thick of the controversy around United States public lands.

Into the Canyon
Peter McBride, Amanda Pollak, Stephen Ives, Tyler H. Walk, Lauren DeFilippo | 2019 | 85 min
In 2016, filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko set out on a 750-mile journey on foot through the entire length of the Grand Canyon. More people have stood on the moon than have completed a continuous through-hike of the Canyon. McBride and Fedarko took a sectional approach, achieving a feat that many adventurers have taken decades to complete. Others have lost their lives trying. But their quest was more than just an endurance test – it was also a way to draw attention to the unprecedented threats facing one of our most revered landscapes.

Session sponsored by Peak Design 

Speakers
avatar for Faith E. Briggs

Faith E. Briggs

Producer, This Land
avatar for Whit Hassett

Whit Hassett

Co-Director, This Land



Sunday January 19, 2020 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

1:00pm

How Worker Cooperatives Are The Model For A Sustainable Future
In September 2019, California Solar Electric Company became the first worker-owned cooperative in Nevada County. Join Cal Solar, Project Equityand Flying V Farmas they discuss how worker cooperatives are models for a sustainable future by helping cities retain business assets, growing community wealth, and ensuring business longevity.

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Speakers
avatar for Lucy O’dea

Lucy O’dea

Harvest, Sales, Communications Manager, Flying V Farm
avatar for Cody Curtis

Cody Curtis

Perennial & Maintenance Manager, Flying V Farm
avatar for Patty Viáfara

Patty Viáfara

Sr. Client Services Manager, Regional Partnerships Manager, Project Equity
avatar for Lars Ortegren

Lars Ortegren

General Manager, Worker Owner, California Solar
avatar for Angelica Niblock

Angelica Niblock

Operations Manager, Worker Owner, California Solar



Sunday January 19, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

1:00pm

*SOLD OUT* HIKE: Venture Out with Perry Cohen
Hirschman’s Pond Trail 
Meet Perry outside the Vets Hall after the Sunday Morning film session (ending at 12:45pm) and together walk from town to the trailhead

Join Perry Cohen (Founder of The Venture Out Project, a nonprofit organization that brings LGBTQ folks together outdoors) for a midday hike. We'll hike for about 1.5 hours and will make sure that along the way there is plenty of opportunity to talk with others on the hike, stop for photos, snacks, and rest and enjoy the beauty of Nevada City. The hike is open to everyone. We'll be hiking 1 mile on the trail, with an elevation change of less than 150’, and the terrain is easy. Please be sure to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a rain/warm coat.

Capacity: 30 people *SOLD OUT*

Speakers
avatar for Laura Petersen

Laura Petersen

Founder, Hiking for Good
avatar for Perry Cohen

Perry Cohen

Executive Director, The Venture Out Project


Sunday January 19, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Multi-venues See description for location

1:00pm

A Walk Through The Land of 1,000 Hills | Horse Rich and Dirt Poor | (Re)Connecting Wild - Restoring Safe Passage | Bears of Durango
Sunday Midday, NC Oddfellows

A Walk Through The Land of 1,000 Hills
Chema Domenech, Kelly Carpenter, Ian McLeod | 2019 | 11 min
Claver Ntoyinkima, a native park ranger, shares the secrets of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda as he guides us through the forest, one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Twenty-five years after the devastation of the Rwandan Civil War, the park is now one of the best-conserved montane rainforests in Central Africa. As Claver walks through the forest we uncover the origins of his conservation values and the history of an ecosystem that survived one of Rwanda's darkest periods.

Horse Rich and Dirt Poor
Ben Masters, Charles Post | 2019 | 16 min
Wild horses are caught between an incredibly polarized and emotionally charged debate aiming to write their future in the American West. The result of this debate is a legal stalemate causing wild horse numbers to continue rising well beyond unsustainable levels, causing irreversible damage to public lands. Horse Rich and Dirt Poor follows ecologist Charles Post as he explores America's pressing wild horse issue and the affects it has on the surrounding ecosystem.

(Re)Connecting Wild - Restoring Safe Passage
Jake Willers, Alyson Andreasen, NineCaribou Productions, LLC | 2019 | 12 min
This is the remarkable story of the decade-long effort by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and its partners to improve human safety by re-connecting a historic mule deer migration that crosses over both US-93 and I-80 in rural Elko County, Nevada. Witness the wildlife crossing structures along I-80 from construction to the restoration of safe passage for migratory mule deer to more than 1.5 million acres of summer and winter habitat.

Bears of Durango
Dusty Hulet | 2018 | 59 min
Dive headfirst into bear dens with the biologists studying how human development affects bear behavior. In 2011, Colorado Parks and Wildlife initiated a major research effort to address increases in human-black bear conflicts. A team of wildlife researchers led by Dr. Heather Johnson has spent the past six years investigating the factors driving those increases and the effects of expanding human development on bear populations.

Session sponsored by Marjorie & Lester Milroy 

Speakers
avatar for Ian McLeod

Ian McLeod

Founder, Lead Composer at Cleod9 Music, Composer for Horse Rich and Dirt Poor & A Walk Through The Land of 1,000 Hills
avatar for Jake Willers

Jake Willers

Director, Cinematographer, (Re)Connecting Wild – Restoring Safe Passage
avatar for Alyson Andreasen

Alyson Andreasen

Associate Producer, (Re)Connecting Wild – Restoring Safe Passage
avatar for Micah Dahl Anderson

Micah Dahl Anderson

Composer, Bears of Durango
avatar for Dusty Hulet

Dusty Hulet

Director, Producer, Bears of Durango



1:00pm

Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, the Amazon and the Climate | The New Environmentalists - From Liberia to Mongolia | The Undamaged
Sunday Midday, GV Elks Lodge

Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, the Amazon and the Climate
Osprey Orielle Lake, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, Teena Pugliese | 2019 | 4 min
The Amazon Rainforest and Brazil's Indigenous peoples are under increasing attack with President Bolsonaro and his regime's devastating assaults on social and environmental protections. Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International organized travels in New York for Sônia Bone Guajajara, a prominent Indigenous leader, to denounce Bolsonaro's assaults, and to advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the climate, and the protection of the Amazon.

The New Environmentalists - From Liberia to Mongolia
John Antonelli, Will Parrinello, Matt Yamashita | 2019 | 39 min
The New Environmentalists share a common goal - safeguarding the Earth's natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is the latest in the Mill Valley Film Group's Emmy Award-winning series featuring inspiring portraits of six passionate and dedicated activists. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm's way to battle intimidating adversaries while building strong grassroots support. Narrated by Robert Redford, The New Environmentalists illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.

The Undamaged
Rožle Bregar, Matič Oblak, Miha Avguštin | 2018 | 51 min
Follow Balkan Rivers Tour, a crew of whitewater kayakers, filmmakers, photographers and friends who decided to stand up for the rivers. They travel from Slovenia to Albania for 36 days, kayaking 23 rivers in 6 countries to protest the dams and show the world the secret, wild rivers of the Balkans. The Undamaged honors everyday people and local activists who are fighting to defend rivers and aims to spread the word of their plight.

Speakers
avatar for Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake

Writer and Director, Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, the Amazon and the Climate



1:30pm

Meadows - Yosemite Nature Notes | California's Watershed | Fighting Fire With Fire | Not If But When: Wildfire Solutions
Sunday Midday, Gold Miners Inn

Meadows - Yosemite Nature Notes
Steven M. Bumgardner | 2019 | 7 min
Yosemite National Park has over 3,000 meadows, which hold the greatest diversity of plant and animal species despite only making up 3% of the park. In just the past 150 years, people have negatively impacted these fragile ecosystems. Yosemite National Park, with the help of Yosemite Conservancy, is working hard to rehabilitate these meadows that are an important part of the park's natural and cultural history.

California's Watershed
James Thebaut | 2019 | 27 min
Created to place a spotlight and raise awareness within the general public and elected and public officials, California's Watershed explores the critical social and ecological importance of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the far reaching national security consequences of its rapidly evolving demise. This film presents the dangerous impact of warming temperatures and climate change on the watershed and its importance in maintaining the long-term health and security needs of families, cities, businesses, farmers, and environment locally and globally.

Fighting Fire With Fire
Sinead Santich | 2018 | 3 min
In an effort to restore the role of Native people as land stewards and mitigate the threat of wildfires, UC-Davis professor Beth Rose Middleton Manning fires up a hands-on lesson in cultural burning. Tribal Chairman Ron Goode leads students in an immersive experience preparing the land, igniting the fire, and carrying out indigenous traditions that have restored California landscapes for centuries.

Not If But When: Wildfire Solutions
Radu Sava, Rebekah Hood-Sava | 2019 | 39 min
Wildfires are becoming a global phenomenon and California is one of the places hit the hardest because of its dry climate. Experts in the Sierra Nevada are taking on innovative solutions at an unprecedented scale and if they are successful, it could influence work around the world.


Speakers
avatar for Steven M. Bumgardner

Steven M. Bumgardner

Producer, Director, Exploring Soundscapes, Meadows - Yosemite Nature Notes
avatar for Roger Bales

Roger Bales

Featured, California's Watershed
avatar for Martha Conklin

Martha Conklin

Featured, California's Watershed
avatar for James Thebaut

James Thebaut

Creator, Producer, Director, California's Watershed
avatar for Dave Eggerton

Dave Eggerton

Featured, California's Watershed
avatar for Sinead Santich

Sinead Santich

Filmmaker, Fighting Fire With Fire
avatar for Radu Sava and Rebekah Hood-Sava

Radu Sava and Rebekah Hood-Sava

Co-director, Producer, Writer, Not If But When: Wildfire Solutions



Sunday January 19, 2020 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

1:30pm

Place of the Pike / Ginoozhekaaning | Maxima
Sunday Midday, Miners Foundry Osborn/Woods

Place of the Pike / Ginoozhekaaning
Finn Ryan, Dylan Jennings | 2019 | 7 min
In 1971, A.B. LeBlanc (Bay Mills Ojibwe) set a gill net in Pendills Bay on Lake Superior. The Michigan DNR arrested LeBlanc and he was later convicted of fishing commercially without a license and for fishing with an illegal device. This story highlights the treaty challenge and struggle for Ojibwe communities to maintain their identity through treaty reserved rights asserted in the signing of the 1836 treaty with the United States.

Maxima
Claudia Sparrow, Ryan Schwartz | 2019 | 88 min
Maxima, an indigenous woman from the Peruvian Andes who cannot read or write, stands up to the largest gold producer in the world, US-based Newmont Mining Corporation, who has claimed ownership of her land in order to expand its multi-billion-dollar mining operation.

Speakers
avatar for Finn Ryan

Finn Ryan

Director, Place of the Pike / Ginoozhekaaning



1:30pm

Plastic Warriors | Paradise | Giants | The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight
Sunday Midday, Vets Hall

Plastic Warriors
Lavado Stubbs, Conchboy Films | 2019 | 10 min
Kristal Ambrose also known as "Kristal Ocean" battles plastic pollution in The Bahamas.

Paradise
Erik Petersen | 2019 | 20 min
An unlikely environmentalist, Bryan Wells, finds himself standing between Yellowstone National Park and an industrial-scale gold mine. The proposed mine sits just above his home, and not only threatens America's most iconic National Park, but his community's way of life.

Giants
Luz Carasa, Connor Stava, Northwest Documentary | 2019 | 27 min
In 2015, Everett Custom Homes purchased a property in Portland's Eastmoreland Neighborhood. On the lot stood three giant sequoias, which the developer planned to cut down. Giants details the efforts and challenges that neighbors of Eastmoreland confronted in their attempts to save these unique trees. The film brings a fresh look into local activism and highlights the importance of community organizing.

The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight
Chris Simon, Susette Weisheit | 2020 | 45 min
Ken Sleight, aka Seldom Seen Smith, has faced down a rampaging tractor from the back of a horse. His actions in defense of the Canyon Country have inspired thousands. But his most heartfelt fight, to restore his beloved Glen Canyon, remains unfinished. At 90 years old he is still fighting, but time is running out. The film features Tim DeChristopher, Colorado Riverkeeper John Weisheit, and new archival footage of Glen Canyon.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Simon

Chris Simon

Director, Producer, Editor, The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight
avatar for Susette Weisheit

Susette Weisheit

Cinematographer, Associate Producer, The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight
avatar for John Weisheit

John Weisheit

Living Rivers/Colorado Riverkeeper, The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight



2:30pm

Local Climate Action: What Lights a Spark in You?
Are you concerned about climate change but don’t know what you can do about it? Learn about the activities of four organizations addressing different solutions to the climate crisis, and see which approach lights a spark in you. Justine Quealy of Sierra Business Council, Climate and Energy Department will moderate a discussion including Co-Presidents Shandon and David Schmeiske of 350 Placer, Group Leader Dave Whitehead from Citizens Climate Lobby Nevada County Chapter, Debbie Gibbs of Nevada County Climate Action Now, and Darren Fisher of Nevada County's Sunrise Movement.

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Moderators
avatar for Justine Quealy

Justine Quealy

Climate and Energy Department, Sierra Business Council

Speakers
avatar for Shandon Schmeiske

Shandon Schmeiske

Co-President, 350 Placer
avatar for David Schmeiske

David Schmeiske

Co-President, 350 Placer
avatar for Dave Whitehead

Dave Whitehead

Group Leader, Citizens Climate Lobby Nevada County Chapter
avatar for Debbie Gibbs

Debbie Gibbs

Nevada County Climate Action Now



Sunday January 19, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

3:30pm

FIRESIDE CHAT: Dialogue with Wild & Scenic Artist, Obi Kaufmann
Join Obi Kaufmann, the artist for this year's Wild & Scenic Film Festival, to discuss his process, inspiration, and activism. Obi is the best-selling author of the California Field Atlas and the State of Water, Understanding California's Most Precious Resource, and travels all over the state working on his new books and paintings, meeting with communities and organizations determined to protect California's superlative natural world. At this fireside chat, Obi will be presenting his portfolio of original paintings and offering a selection of exclusive lithographs for sale.

Speakers
avatar for Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

Wild & Scenic Artist


Sunday January 19, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Golden Era 309 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

3:30pm

Nigerians Fight to Protect the World's Most Trafficked Mammal | Sea of Shadows
Sunday Afternoon, Nevada Theatre

Nigerians Fight to Protect the World's Most Trafficked Mammal
Katie Schuler, Coral & Oak Studios, National Geographic | 2019 | 10 min
Pangolins are believed to be the most trafficked mammals in the world. As the four Asian species of pangolins have dwindled, poachers are increasingly turning to the African species to supply the trade. In this short film, meet the bold Nigerians who are fighting to protect this gentle and vulnerable creature

Sea of Shadows
Richard Ladkani, Wolfgang Knoepfler, Walter Koehle | 2019 | 104 min
When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their methods threaten to destroy all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the Vaquita Porpoise. Sea of Shadows follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists, and undercover agents as they risk their lives to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the international crime syndicate to justice.

Session sponsored by Alison Jones-Pomatto & Alan Pomatto 


Sunday January 19, 2020 3:30pm - 5:45pm
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

3:30pm

There's Something in the Water | Sonora Rising - A story of water, wheat, and life in the Tucson desert | From Camel to Cup | Sustainable Nation: Caring for a Water-Starved World
Sunday Afternoon, SAEL School

There's Something in the Water
Rory WT, Shannon S. Wynne, Stephanie M. Casey, Daniel Villanueva | 2018 | 8 min
"There's two kinds of lakes in the South: them that's got Giant Salvinia and them that's about to have Giant Salvinia." Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, but its delicate eco-system is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable invasive species of floating fern: Giant Salvinia. There's Something in the Water is an 8-minute animated documentary featuring interviews with people who live and work on the lake, demonstrating the damage that has been caused, and how everyone can work together to try and fix it.

Sonora Rising - A story of water, wheat, and life in the Tucson desert
Sinjin Eberle, American Rivers | 2019 | 11 min

Water and wheat - foundations of life for millennia across the American Southwest. The Colorado River water flows more than 300 miles across Arizona to quench the thirsts of four million people to sustain their food, economy, and livelihoods. We explore three Tucson visionaries who are creating and growing the circular economy of water in the arid Sonoran desert.

From Camel to Cup
Nicky Milne, Jim Bishop, Jeong-One Park | 2019 | 15 min
In 2017, Kenya declared drought a national disaster and in early 2019 announced it had allocated 2 billion shillings, about $20 million, to respond. Extreme weather has pushed wandering nomads to bank on camels - and their milk - as a drought-safe investment with Kenya, now the world's second largest producer of camel milk after neighboring Somalia. Camels are highly adapted to climate change, while their milk has been dubbed "white gold" by food experts who say it could help conquer malnutrition.

Sustainable Nation: Caring for a Water-Starved World
Micah Smith, Rebecca Shore, Imagination Productions | 2018 | 60 min
In a world where clean water is everything, Sustainable Nation follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet, and shows how solving global water issues is not only a matter of life and death, it's the start of healing the world.

Speakers
avatar for Sinjin Eberle

Sinjin Eberle

Director, Sonora Rising – A story of water, wheat, and life in the Tucson desert



4:00pm

Awards Party
Be the first to learn of the award-winning films! Limited seating. First come, first served. Enjoy Barefoot Bubbly from Barefoot Winery and cake courtesy of Flour Garden!

4:00pm

Nisenanim ni (“I am Nisenan”)
Join members of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe as they discuss a new partnership with Nevada City Film Festival and Nevada County Arts Council through the making of a film that addresses the recovery of their critically endangered language. This partnership, in tandem with efforts towards restoring Federal Recognition, is testament to the whole community effort required to rebuild visibility. Beyond documenting efforts to revive a language previously considered extinct, the Nisenan are looking to their future. Twenty years from now, what will their homelands look like? What are our children being taught in schools about the true history of California? How will we – the broader community – experience Nisenan culture as a critical, valued part of our everyday story?

Activist Center workshops are sponsored by Earthjustice.

Speakers
avatar for Eliza Tudor

Eliza Tudor

Executive Director, Nevada County Arts Council
avatar for Shelly Covert

Shelly Covert

Tribal Spokesperson, Nevada City Rancheria
avatar for Jesse Locks

Jesse Locks

Director, Nevada City Film Festival



Sunday January 19, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nevada City Hall 317 W Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

4:00pm

The River Is Me | Rock-Paper-Fish | Dammed to Extinction
Sunday Afternoon, NC Oddfellows

The River Is Me
David Freid, Emmy Gyori | 2018 | 17 min
For many years, this river's ownership was under dispute. Now, it owns itself. In what is believed to be a world's first, the Whanganui River has been granted legal personhood, with the same rights and responsibilities as you and me. But determining where a river ends and the rest of nature begins - that may be up for some debate.

Rock-Paper-Fish
Connor Gallagher, Colin Arisman, Wild Confluence, Nomad Island | 2019 | 26 min
Every year, all five species of salmon return to the Chilkat River and sustain the communities of Haines and Klukwan, but now a modern day gold rush is underway in the mountains above the river's headwaters. Rock-Paper-Fish offers a vivid look into the lives of Alaskans grappling with questions as immense as the place they call home.

Dammed to Extinction
Michael Peterson, Steven Hawley | 2019 | 51 min
For eons, salmon-eating killer whales have hunted Chinook along the Pacific Coast. Since 1976, renowned whale scientist Ken Balcomb has closely observed them. He's familiar with a deadly pattern: as salmon numbers plummet, these whales starve. His solution: getting rid of four dams on a key tributary of what once was the largest Chinook producing river on earth.

Speakers
avatar for Connor Gallagher

Connor Gallagher

Co-director, Rock-Paper-Fish
avatar for Steven Hawley

Steven Hawley

Writer, Dammed to Extinction
avatar for Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

Director, Dammed to Extinction



4:30pm

Conviction | Blowout
Sunday Afternoon, Vets Hall

Conviction
Kristy Choi | 2019 | 24 min
After a high-profile bribery scandal led to the convictions of the three powerful conspirators, the community they targeted is left in the dust to find relief from decades of toxic air and soil pollution. Community members in the North Birmingham neighborhoods of Collegeville, Harriman Park, and Fairmont tell their personal stories and share their struggles as they seek a healthier life for the generations of the future.

Blowout
Zach Toombs, Kate Grumke, Kevin Clancy | 2019 | 79 min
From the oil fields of West Texas to tanker traffic busting the Panama Canal at its seems to an energy revolution across Asia, this Newsy documentary shows the human stakes of a new surge in American oil and gas production - and its impacts on profits, public health, and climate change.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Forman

Michele Forman

Southern Exposure Program Director, Conviction



4:30pm

Sounds of Survival | EARTHWATCH: Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees | Bare Existence | Deer 139
Sunday Afternoon, Miners Foundry Osborn/Woods

Sounds of Survival
Katie Garrett | 2018 | 8 min
Deep in the emerald cloud forests of Cusuco National Park of Honduras, scientists are on a quest to record the never-before-heard call of the endangered "exquisite spike-thumb frog" (Plectrohyla exquisita). What ensues is both a delightful portrait of the process of scientific discovery and an inspiring example of the power of sound as a tool for conservation.

EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
Andy Laub | 2019 | 21 min
In the high slopes of the Andorran alpine ecosystem, Earthwatch scientists and volunteers are studying the effects of climate change on plants and wildlife to help manage this increasingly fragile environment. EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees chronicles one day in the life of that research.

Bare Existence
Stept Studios | 2019 | 20 min
A behind the scenes look into the plight of the polar bear, Bare Existence showcases the biologists on the front lines of protecting these species as they battle against the effects of climate change threatening their existence. This film presents a drastic cry for immediate attention and instills the viewer with hope, illuminating present-day efforts for a brighter future.

Deer 139
Morgan Heim, Jayme Dittmar, Samantha Dwinnell, Anya Tyson, Tennessee Watson | 2019 | 55 min
She travels 85 miles of Wyoming backcountry while pregnant. This is Deer 139. Now, a team of women follow her path on foot to understand why deer migrate. As the team of scientists and adventurers experience the wild places that Deer 139 calls home, they unveil the mysteries of long-distance migration and make a case for sustaining intact landscapes.

Session sponsored by Anna Jerome 

Speakers
avatar for Sam Dwinnell

Sam Dwinnell

Featured, Deer 139
avatar for Scott Kania

Scott Kania

Earthwatch CEO, EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
avatar for Dr. Mark Chandler

Dr. Mark Chandler

Earthwatch Director of Research Initiatives, EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
avatar for Alix Morris

Alix Morris

Earthwatch Director of Communications, EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
avatar for Dianna Bell

Dianna Bell

Earthwatch Multimedia Manager, EARTHWATCH | Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees
avatar for Laura Kottlowski

Laura Kottlowski

To Return VR (Director), Deer 139 (Art Director, Designer, Animator)



7:00pm

Sunday Award Winners (Nevada City)
Separate ticket required

Join us for a selection of the 2020 award-winning films. We also announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award. The line-up is:

Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy
Brian Lewis | 2019 | 11 min
With an endless supply of fruit snacks, plenty of extra underwear, and a pile of old photographs, two parents set out to retrace the route of an old adventure, this time with a two-year-old in tow, hoping to inspire the next generation to care about wild places.

Where Life Begins
Katie Schuler, Coral & Oak Studios, The Wilderness Society | 2019 | 10 min
Along the Arctic Coast, at the northmost point on American soil, we explore the inseparable bond between mother and child, the sacred and fragile moments after birth, and the importance of protecting the place Where Life Begins.

Honeyland
Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska | 2019 | 85 min
Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, Honeyland is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

Sunday January 19, 2020 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

7:30pm

Sunday Award Winners (Grass Valley)
Separate ticket required

Join us for a selection of the 2020 award-winning films. We also announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award. The line-up is:

Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy
Brian Lewis | 2019 | 11 min
With an endless supply of fruit snacks, plenty of extra underwear, and a pile of old photographs, two parents set out to retrace the route of an old adventure, this time with a two-year-old in tow, hoping to inspire the next generation to care about wild places.

Where Life Begins
Katie Schuler, Coral & Oak Studios, The Wilderness Society | 2019 | 10 min
Along the Arctic Coast, at the northmost point on American soil, we explore the inseparable bond between mother and child, the sacred and fragile moments after birth, and the importance of protecting the place Where Life Begins.

Honeyland
Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska | 2019 | 85 min
Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, Honeyland is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

Sunday January 19, 2020 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA
 
Monday, January 20
 

7:00pm

Monday "Locals Night" Award Winners (Nevada City)
Separate ticket required

Join us for a local appreciation night with award-winning films. The line-up is:

Sea of Shadows
Richard Ladkani, Wolfgang Knoepfler, Walter Koehle | 2019 | 104 min
When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their methods threaten to destroy all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the Vaquita Porpoise. Sea of Shadows follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists, and undercover agents as they risk their lives to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the international crime syndicate to justice.

INTERMISSION

Take Back the Harbor
Kristi Jacobson, Roger Ross Williams | 2018 | 40 min
On New York's Governors Island, an unprecedented program has an ambitious goal: to restore once-bountiful oysters and the environmental benefits they bring to New York Harbor. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams, Take Back the Harbor highlights inspiring teenage students and their teachers at The Harbor School, a remarkable public high school that teaches conservation and leadership of the waterways - including SCUBA diving, raising oyster larvae, operating and maintaining vessels, alongside math and English.

Monday January 20, 2020 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Nevada Theatre 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

7:30pm

Monday "Local Night" Award Winners (Grass Valley)
Separate ticket required

Join us for a local appreciation night with award-winning films. The line-up is:

Sea of Shadows
Richard Ladkani, Wolfgang Knoepfler, Walter Koehle | 2019 | 104 min
When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their methods threaten to destroy all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the Vaquita Porpoise. Sea of Shadows follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists, and undercover agents as they risk their lives to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the international crime syndicate to justice.

INTERMISSION

Take Back the Harbor
Kristi Jacobson, Roger Ross Williams | 2018 | 40 min
On New York's Governors Island, an unprecedented program has an ambitious goal: to restore once-bountiful oysters and the environmental benefits they bring to New York Harbor. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams, Take Back the Harbor highlights inspiring teenage students and their teachers at The Harbor School, a remarkable public high school that teaches conservation and leadership of the waterways - including SCUBA diving, raising oyster larvae, operating and maintaining vessels, alongside math and English.

Monday January 20, 2020 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Del Oro Theatre 165 Mill St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA